Cargill Shares Best Practices for IIoT Process Alignment

In the following article, Jesús Membreño (poultry group MES lead at Cargill) shares his knowledge gained during a multi-site implementation of the CAT2 MES (Manufacturing Execution System) for Cargill Central America. The implementation included integration into plant-floor hardware as well as the company’s ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning) to maximize…Read More

Activity Based Costing Software for the Food Industry

To maximize profitability, companies must have a firm grasp of what it costs to manufacture and process each product. This becomes increasingly challenging for large companies with thousands of employees and long supply chains or multiple manufacturing plants. This study demonstrates a return on investment of less than just a…Read More

Improving Production Efficiency and Maximizing Yields at Peco Foods

Peco Foods Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a privately-held, family-managed company known for its high-quality poultry products. In fact, its family-style business and management practices help to employ many hard-working Americans in the southern United States. Challenge Since the company began production, Peco’s quality assurance and production personnel, as well as…Read More

Continuous Improvement at Heartland Catfish

When Heartland Catfish decided to build their own processing plant in 1995, the Tackett Family chose to distinguish their company from the competition by setting the standard for excellence in the catfish processing industry. Instead of adhering to the status quo, the management team decided to design a state-of-the-art facility…Read More

Real-Time Data Improves Efficiency and Traceability across 16 Rose Acre Farms Plants

When Rose Acre Farms first approached CAT Squared for a software solution, they were facing issues identifying product shortages due to their inability to accurately track the company’s inventory in real time. According to IT Director Paul Wischmeier, “We were collecting data on paper and inputting it into spreadsheets at the end…Read More

HACCP Software Improves Safety and Efficiency at Perdue Farms

Companies implement quality systems for many reasons. A customer may request improvements from their food suppliers (i.e., Wal-Mart’s food-safety initiative), or government regulations may demand higher standards (i.e., FSIS directives to sample raw chicken parts for Campylobacter and Salmonella). Processors must implement preventative, not reactive, maintenance to prevent problems and…Read More

CAT Squared Modernizes Production at Cooper Farms

Eric Ludwig was seeking a solution, “We were looking for a system that would provide accurate barcode labeling, finished product inventory control, real-time yield information, improved recall efficiency and GMP control.” The plant manager at Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats — a division of Cooper Hatchery, Inc., a supplier of cooked deli…Read More

CAT² Delivers Complete Traceability to Banvit

Banvit began as a feed producer in 1968 and has grown to become one of the foremost food producers in Europe and the largest fully-integrated broiler producer in Turkey, processing 160 million birds per year. The company also owns a state-of-the-art further processing facility as well as a turkey processing facility….Read More

Successful Integration into SAP ERP While Automating Operations & Data Collection

Founded as a small table-egg operation in 1952, Bachoco has grown to become the largest broiler producer in Mexico. With 12 processing plants spread throughout the country, the company rivals economies of scale in the USA, Brazil, and Europe. Bachoco is driven to success by an innovative management team that…Read More

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