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Production planning - fresh produce fruit & vegetable packing and processing
Production planning in fresh produce fruit & vegetable packing and processing
Fresh produce production planning for fruit, vegetables, coleslaw, leafy mixed products and more... Make better planning decisions, reduce waste, deliver exacting orders.
Fill each order with 100% accuracy, zero fresh produce waste, efficient packing, and value adding processes to maintain traceability and maximize efficiency.
Choose from a range of fresh produce production planning tools designed to make your operation run at maximum efficiency with least effort.
Optionally choose to use batch packing in farmsoft. Batch level traceability allows recalls both up and down the supply chain, all batch inputs have their traceability details captured in real time, making the Batch Number an easy to use traceability key, one of many that can be used in farmsoft.
Customers can enter their fresh produce orders using the farmsoft Fresh Produce Customer Portal, this gives you up to date access to fresh produce orders, changed, and cancellations to better plan production.
Monitor batch outputs, and batch waste. If waste exceeds a pre-determined percent, an email alert containing the Batch Recall report is sent to management showing the inputs, outputs, and waste levels.
Easy batch based packing and processing allows ad-hoc and pack to order processes and pre planned scheduled production.
Batches become the central traceability point (and cost center) for all fresh produce/food. Mix multiple varieties of produce, from multiple suppliers and maintain strong traceability at the same time. Analyze batch waste and quality with ease. farmsoft even supports value added processes such as food manufacturing, drying, blending, juicing and more – handy for coffee, hops, and herbs, and processed food manufacturing. You can even mix unlimited batches with other batches to make a “final product” without losing traceability and tracking the cost of finished product.
Project required raw materials and packaging materials
View undersupply or oversupply of raw mateials (actual and projected)
All production is assigned to a line manager, inventory manager, and production line.
Project orders Vs. your estimated sales, Vs. planned harvest volumes* (requires farming modules)
Shedule multiple orders to be backed in a single batch
On screen alerts inform your team of which materials must be packed where and when and by whom
Production planning > Project required inventory
Easily compare required, available, and any shortage of fresh produce inventory during production planning. Plan daily packing, weekly, packing, or even months in advance for planting, ordering, harvesting. Guarantee all fresh produce products are available in the correct quantity at the correct time. Use the farmsoft fresh produce customer portal to access fresh produce orders faster and plan production better.
Production planning >
Easily assign multiple orders to batches and production lines with one click!
Production planning > alerts
Production line managers and inventory managers can receive instant on screen alerts letting them know a new batch has been scheduled, for inventory managers, this directs them to collect the required inventory and take it to the correct production line.
Manage & monitor batch costs with the ability to capture labor costs, transport, packing material cost, and fresh produce costs.
Projecting the workflow of your fresh produce packing business made easy...
Create unlimited batches, with inputs such as fresh produce, packing materials, and any other inventory such as ingredients and additives.
Full traceability of all batch input.s
Product processed in a batch can be re-used in another (or unlimited) batch.
Batch progress management and monitoring.
Assign multiple Sales Order Items to a batch, creating batch work orders & instructions, or simply assign customers to a batch.
Run unlimited packing/processing lines at the same time.
Mix unlimited sources and varieties of produce (ie: from your farm, external suppliers, co-operative growers) into one batch while maintaining traceability.
Easy to access dashboard reporting, analysis and KPI’s
Assign labor & materials to batches for cost monitoring & reporting.
When creating outputs from a batch (usually finished product) packaging materials can be automatically consumed and applied to the batch.
Configure best manufacturing practices and processes to guide employees through the best practice for manufacturing the finished product.
Associate quality control tests to manufacturing processes, FarmSoft will prompt the user to perform QC when required.
Business intelligence for fresh produce wholesale, packer, processor, import/export
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Planning carrot production is worthwhile
"We started the fall-winter carrot campaign in early October on 100 hectares. One beneficial commercial trend is to have suitable sales agreement in place with the European retail chains before sowing is carried out," explains Sergio Trevisan (in the photo), sales manager for Gruppo Mazzoni - Fresh Division.
"Of the 100 hectares cultivated, 60% is uncovered while the rest is covered with mulching films. We will cover the company's needs until late April, then we will continue with the Sicilian production."
Although the weather has not been exactly favorable, Mazzoni registered yields of 60 tons per hectare and quality is very good with grades 20/40 and a few exceptions of grades 40+."
"The fact that we own over a thousand hectares of sandy soils with good water availability means we can rotate crops (tomatoes, potatoes), which is an added value. Current quotations are €0.25/kg and have been stable for over a month. As usual, if there are any variations, they will be upwards."
After a few years of productive instability that have led to marked fluctuations of weekly quotations, the situation has stabilized over the last 4/5 years on the Adriatic coast as well and there have been no shortages and no excesses.
"This has generated economic sustainability for the entire chain. It is also true that 70% of the production is carried out by professional players and that productions are planned with Italian and foreign clients."
A smarter factory - connecting buying, sales and production departments
The processing and packaging of bulk agricultural products is labour intensive and error prone. Eqontrol, a new and intelligent software solution, connects machines and quickly solves problems in complex production environments.
Whether you’re working with a small packaging line or within a larger production environment, as a factory manager you’re facing logistic and operational challenges on a daily basis. Problems arise when an operator has to switch between lots and manually change machine settings of all components in a production line. The packaging line, specifically, is as efficient as its weakest part: even a single mistake – for example a wrong line in a recipe – can reduce the capacity of the whole line and potentially even result in a rejected order. Furthermore, finding the right, qualified personnel is an ongoing challenge for today’s factory managers.
What if there were a solution that drastically reduces your changeover time, avoids track & tracing issues, reduces leftovers and gives you a clear overview of your production line’s performance? Eqontrol is a digital operator that connects your buying, sales and production departments, increasing efficiency and preventing unpleasant surprises. All possible scenarios can simply be controlled from one intuitive and self-explanatory interface.
Each order has specific requirements for type of product, quality, weight and packaging. The weighing and packaging machines must be emptied out regularly and changed to the correct settings. When a new order comes in, the whole process starts over again. A good operator can connect all parts of the factory floor together thanks to years of experience, but it remains a labour intensive and error prone process, resulting in varying undesirable situations. The larger a factory gets, the more complex the work becomes. That’s why the support of a digital system that thinks ahead can be a real lifesaver.
With Eqontrol, you can control all machines from one clear interface. The intelligent system allows the different parts within a production line to communicate with each other. Switching between different configurations is as simple as selecting the desired output on a tablet or desktop: the machines will automatically respond and be set correctly.
The minimized changeover time between orders is a major advantage, just like the minimized downtime: your packaging line will no longer run out of labels, pallets or ink, because it will tell you beforehand if anything needs to be refilled. The highly intuitive software allows you to visualize the process, giving the operator a handy overview at hand of the entire production line. Furthermore, it allows you to create reports, enabling you to plan an accurate production schedule based on data from past orders. The system also automatically backs up all information regularly in the cloud through an internet connection, but software and data are stored at the factory itself for maximum security.
When you invest in an optical grader that replaces a manual sorting line and checks the quality of your product both on the outside and on the inside, of course you’re looking for a quick return of investment and maximum output of your machine. Eqontrol helps you get the most out of your grader by cleverly planning or combining different orders. Seeing as the grader is developed to collect information from each individual product, it would be a shame not to do anything with those data.
Bert Loedeman (l.) and Jaap Trouwborst.
Eqontrol tracks and traces your agricultural product from sorting to packaging, resulting in several advantages. For example, a faulty batch can be easily traced back to a specific supplier, so you can still sell the rest of the order for a good price. Furthermore, Eqontrol gives you the opportunity to discuss product quality with your suppliers, as you now have an insight to their delivered results and consistency over time. Thanks to Eqontrol, meeting your clients’ track & trace requirements is no longer an issue.
Finally, Eqontrol is also a solution for the largest and most complex factories that use automated warehouses, thanks to its intelligent positioning technology. The system uses the information about individual product batches, collected during the grading process, when placing these batches into the warehouse. In an onion factory, for example, one batch of onions may be more humid than the other, so the system will make sure to store each individual crate in the best climate zone in the warehouse. It also means the system will make sure the orders go out in the right order (first in, first out).
Smart team work
Eqontrol offers full chain integration of all factory departments and optimises the flow between them: from buying and processing to storage and sales. It’s important for these departments to clearly communicate with each other, but especially in large factories, connecting these separate teams with each other remains challenging. Eqontrol brings them together so that everybody knows where they’re standing: for example, it helps sales managers to sell promises that the production department can actually deliver. Thanks to the data that Eqontrol collects, a very reliable planning can be made based on performance data from past orders. Instead of relying on an operator’s intuition, the dashboard shows live data concerning efficiency at any moment of the production process. It reduces human errors and rejected orders, enabling you to increase your margins.
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Gambia: Vegetable growers trained on marketing, gender mainstreaming
The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Project (WAAPP), in collaboration with the Gambia Agricultural Emergency Support Project (GAESP) recently held a two-day training for vegetable growers on marketing and gender mainstreaming.
The capacity development workshop brought together 80 women vegetable growers on an all-year-round vegetable production and value- chain addition at Chamen Agricultural and Seed Multiplication Centre in the North Bank Region (NBR).
Speaking at the event, the regional agricultural director for NBR, Dr. Saikou E Sanyang outlined the importance of building the capacities of vegetable growers on the importance of group management, marketing, gender mainstreaming and production planning. Dr. Sanyang said promoting an all-year-round vegetable production would increase nutritional supplementation and income. According to him, training farmers on Natural Agricultural Resource policies would ease effective utilisation of technological transfer and enhance the attainment of an all-year-round vegetable production, and by extension contribute to poverty reduction. The regional agricultural director said training farmers on marketing strategies would obviously boost income and group management. He thus thanked the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Project and Gambia Agricultural Emergency Support Project for providing the funds.
Mustapha Saidy, the deputy governor of the region underscored government's commitment in food security and livelihood development. He said capacity development is crucial in the attainment of food production, noting that it would enhance ability to adopt best agricultural practices on vegetable production.
Deputy governor Saidy hailed the efforts of the Regional Agricultural Directorate in Kerewan for strengthening farmer extension workers' relation on the transfer of skills and knowledge on production and productivity.
The NBR Women's Bureau Programme officer, Fatou Ceesay said mainstreaming gender into food production would empower producers to increase production and improve livelihood. She said the training would complement Women's Bureau efforts in enhancing gender mainstreaming and boost income, through adoption of enhanced marketing strategies.
The workshop participants hailed the efforts of WAAPP, GAESP and the NBT Agricultural Directorate for their steadfastness in building farmers' capacity.