Accelerating demand for novel products, increasing requirements for longer shelf life of food, tightening legislation, and growing consumer interest in the origin and high quality of raw materials are challenging the business processes of companies in the food and beverage industry. At the same time, the modern business environment is becoming increasingly unstable due to factors such as pandemics and rapid changes in the economy. Failure to meet these challenges will weaken the business and be detrimental to the company’s image. The picture below shows a few examples of real-life news headlines that every food and beverage company wants to avoid.
Roima’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is designed to support the unique needs of the food and beverage industry, providing all the needed functions in a single easy-to-implement package. Roima’s extensive experience in the food and beverage industry and deep process and industry expertise combined with the company’s constantly evolving turnkey solutions create a solid foundation for supporting and developing the operations of food and beverage companies. With Roima’s support, decision-makers even in very fast-paced environments will be able to invest their time into developing the business instead of just putting out fires.
Roima’s comprehensive ERP solution offers functionalities for the order-supply chain, production management and production optimization in a single integrated whole. The integrated overall solution provides a clear, real-time overview to support both the daily management and the long-term development of business. Roima’s solution creates a solid basis for managing the ever-tightening quality and traceability processes of food and beverage companies and provides the tools to quickly respond to the increasingly diverse customer requirements.
The unique characteristics of the food and beverage industry include, among others, large order volumes, seasonal fluctuations, and forecast-based production planning. Without a proper solution specifically designed for the needs of the industry, this often means complex, person-dependent, and error-prone Excel solutions. To avoid those problems, the modern tools provided by Roima offer ready-made models and algorithms for both creating forecasts and producing optimal production plans.
Accurate, high-quality forecasts create the basis for a company’s efficient operations in the subsequent stages of the processes, providing information about the company’s future demand as far into the future as possible.
Based on the demand generated by forecasts and orders, a modern ERP system for the food and beverage industry can create an optimized balance between supply and demand. This means an optimized long-term production plan, which can then also be used as a basis to create detailed plans for the needed resources, such as raw materials and materials to be procured, required machine capacity, storage space, and personnel. Optimized supply and demand balancing ensures maximum delivery reliability and resource efficiency and minimum waste.
In addition to the algorithmic balancing of supply and demand, it is essential to create a visual picture of the overall situation and ensure that the system also offers the user the opportunity to fine-tune the plan, for instance, in exceptional situations. Roima’s ERP solution for the food and beverage industry offers production planning (APS, Advanced Planning and Scheduling) tools as a standard functionality, combining an interactive graphical user interface with the efficient utilization of algorithms.
With advanced production planning tools, companies can ensure delivery reliability and optimize their use of resources.
Roima’s ERP solution for the food and beverage industry offers modern tools for production control (MES, Manufacturing Execution System) and for warehouse and intralogistics management (WMS, Warehouse Management System) as standard functionality. The figure below illustrates production control and intralogistics management as part of other business systems in accordance with the ISA-95 standard.
For effective business management, it is vital that all essential functions are centrally managed in a single overall system. This ensures that all processes will always use the same input data and minimizes the need to enter the same data multiple times.
The MES functions included in Roima’s overall solution guide production operators to perform the correct operations in production at the right time. The MES functions provide operators with intuitive tools for real-time quality management, accurate traceability, and easy self-monitoring.
The image below shows an example of a production MES interface.
The functions for uninterrupted production operations and seamless quality management are further complemented by the system’s intralogistics (WMS) functions. Optimized for the needs of the food and beverage industry, the solution’s complete tool set of intralogistics functions provides warehouse personnel with accurate and timely picking tasks, thus ensuring that the right raw materials will always be at the right place in production at the right time. Intralogistics functions should also seamlessly manage the processes of monitoring raw material and material traceability and shelf life. The image below provides an example of the picking of raw materials for production through a mobile WMS function.
A unified overall system brings together all the company’s operational activities into a single solution, enabling fast, fact-based decision-making and eliminating the need for vulnerable integrations between separate systems.
In many food and beverage companies, production and production lines are highly automated. Roima’s comprehensive solution package enables machine-level integration, which means that the system can also be used to monitor the availability of production lines and machines in real time. As an example of real-time monitoring, the picture below shows an OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) dashboard.
Roima’s ERP solution for the food and beverage industry offers a clear overall picture of the company’s operations and provides the tools for the algorithmic optimization of complex situations. The system is specifically designed and implemented to be intuitive for the end users and to guide them in daily operations. An effective system automates daily routine tasks, provides reliable and real-time status information, and identifies potential areas for development, freeing up the organization’s time to develop new business opportunities.
Whether you are looking for a solution to comprehensively streamline your enterprise resource planning processes, optimize production planning, digitalize production control, or ensure the accuracy of your quality management and traceability processes, we at Roima stand ready to help. The deep industry knowledge of our experts combined with Roima’s modern, constantly evolving solutions offers a unique combination to support the continuous development of your company.
- Read more about Roima’s ERP solution: Roima Lean System – Increase Efficiency through Agile Enterprise Resource Planning
- Read more about Roima’s APS solution: Production Planning (APS) – A Complete Toolset to Plan and Optimize Your Production with Real-Time Visibility
- Read more about Roima’s OEE solution: Roima OEE – Gain Accurate and Real-Time Data for Improved Visibility and Continuous Improvement
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