For industrial-scale food producers, staying compliant with a patchwork of state, federal, and international regulations is challenging. The State of Alabama requires commercial manufacturing operations like Mar-Jac to maintain National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) certification on their weighing and measuring instruments. Not only do the scales and other hardware devices themselves need to be certified, but the software reading data from these devices must also conform to the standards of the National Conference on Weights and Measures, ensuring the manufacturer’s data is accurate.

"Our software is flexible to handle multiple certification schemes," said Tyler Carroll, technical project manager for CAT Squared. “For our scale application, a scale is connected to a PC showing weights on the indicator, our software grabs that string of communication and displays it on the screen.”

“We were pleased that CAT Squared’s system met the certification requirements so that we could continue to produce weighed product,” said Billy McNeil, Mar-Jac’s plant manager in Jasper, AL.

“Plant managers and executives like our system because it holds scale operators accountable,” explains Carroll. “One concern in the industry is operators ‘thumbing’ the scale to make their weight pass so that they don’t have to repack product. Our system will not allow this because if a weight is fluctuating on a scale, a label can’t be printed. So, if an operator tries to press down on the scale, the scale is sensitive enough to detect the fluctuation, and our software will prevent a label from being printed. If a scale is having any kind of error, like the load cell being over or underweight capacity, for example, our system will not allow a label to be printed.”

Weighing and labeling software like CAT Squared’s system ensures that plants are within compliance and producing a product that meets their customer’s specifications.

Technical Resource:

Tyler Carroll
CAT Squared Technical Project Manager

Kathy Barbeire

Written by Kathy Barbeire

Kathy Barbeire is a seasoned professional with a strong track record in leveraging new technology, data analysis, and storytelling to drive organizational success. As the marketing manager at CAT Squared since 2015, Kathy stays updated on industry trends to ensure our products remain adaptable to evolving standards and prepares our customers for disruptive technologies. She actively participates in a blockchain learning group associated with Blockchain for Arkansas (BC4AR), an initiative led by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Kathy's expanding knowledge and expertise enable her to create informative content that educates our supply chain partners and helps them navigate upcoming transitions. Kathy's educational background includes graduating magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional and technical writing, along with double minors in sociology and information technology. She later completed the MBA program at UALR. Prior to joining CAT Squared, Kathy applied her passion for data-driven storytelling to assist nonprofits in defining goals, tracking program metrics, and engaging donors and community stakeholders. She served as a program manager at the Our House Homeless Shelter in Little Rock and later at The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command.