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User Summit Early-Bird Pricing Ends March 15

By Kathy Barbeire on Mar 14, 2022 11:54:17 AM

Last Chance to save $100 off the Registration Price

The theme of this year's User Summit is Accelerating Continuous Improvement by Applying Industry 4.0 to Protein Production. CAT Squared along with our CTB sister companies are building a fully integrated platform that enables smart-manufacturing concepts such as the application of AI and machine learning to manufacturing processes. Several keynote presentations will demonstrate how these Industry 4.0 principles are being applied to meat and poultry processing.

Topics: News continuous improvement manufacturing software process alignment ctb food supplychain solutions improving manufacturing performance CAT Squared User Summit
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5 Steps for Food Suppliers to Adopt Digital Supply Chain Technology

By Kathy Barbeire on Jan 8, 2021 4:01:46 PM

This last year revealed many vulnerabilities and challenges for food suppliers. The pandemic exposed a vulnerability in manufacturers’ reliance on human labor. Regulatory bodies like the FDAUSDA, and GFFA are compelling supply-chain participants to adopt common standards and digital technologies. Retailers – who are under pressure from consumers demanding more variety, sustainability, transparency, and ethical sourcing – are increasingly willing to go around manufacturers to create the products they need if they can’t get the relationship they want with the manufacturer. These challenges will continue beyond 2021.

Topics: Traceability technology supply chain food traceability continuous improvement key data elements manufacturing automation critical tracking events GS1 Standards
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Using Multi-Site Benchmarking to Improve Performance

By admin on Oct 3, 2019 3:45:37 PM

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 data management capabilities by harnessing the power of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). By using the multi-plant benchmarking process, Cargill creates meaningful, shareable knowledge from many terabytes of data.

Topics: continuous improvement real-time spc data erp integration production and inventory reports food manufacturing AI continuous improvement software manufacturing operations management software executive dashboards improving manufacturing performance multi-site benchmarking
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Improving Quality Control with Real-Time SPC

By Kathy Barbeire on Aug 7, 2017 11:26:39 AM

In July, CAT Squared released an update to their SPC software that empowers plant-floor operators with real-time SPC trending data and charts. Production staff can now make adjustments to their plant-floor processes and immediately see how those adjustments impact the quality of the product.

Topics: plant floor optimization continuous improvement statistical process control real-time spc data plant-floor software food manufacturing software executive dashboards
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Partnership Delivers Prescriptive Analytics to Food Manufacturers

By Kathy Barbeire on May 18, 2017 12:51:17 PM

CAT Squared is proud to announce a new partnership with  AIMMS, an award-winning vendor of Prescriptive Analytics software, and UniSoma, a leading provider of Advanced Planning solutions. The partnership will enable AIMMS, UniSoma and CAT Squared to provision prescriptive analytics applications for food processing and production companies.

Topics: planning software continuous improvement production planning prescriptive analytics production and inventory reports manufacturing software food manufacturing automation food manufacturing AI production scheduling real-time data food manufacturing software continuous improvement software
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ABC Costing Case Study for Food Manufacturers

By Kathy Barbeire on Apr 6, 2017 3:38:30 PM

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 few months of full integration of CAT Squared's costing system.

Topics: plant floor optimization food processing continuous improvement manufacturing software process alignment plant-floor software mes software food manufacturing software ABC Costing System Activity-Based Costing Software
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5 Benefits of Installing Executive Dashboards

By Kathy Barbeire on Mar 3, 2017 5:47:36 PM

What is an Executive Dashboard?

An Executive Dashboard is a visual representation of a company’s key performance indicators, giving executives a quick overview of their company’s performance metrics in real-time.
Topics: plant floor optimization continuous improvement real-time data executive dashboards
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How plant-floor Scoreboards  Improve manufacturing Yields

By admin on Jan 6, 2016 11:38:53 AM

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.

Topics: continuous improvement real-time data plant-floor scoreboards
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Process Improvements Add Value for Meat Packers

By Kathy Barbeire on Oct 5, 2015 11:34:34 AM

Before writing a quote to a potential customer, our team generally performs a site visit to determine exactly what solutions are most needed and where necessary equipment would be installed.

Topics: meat industry manufacturing food processing paperless haccp continuous improvement meatpacking