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How Technology and Consumers are Transforming the Food Value Chain

By Kathy Barbeire on Feb 11, 2020 5:15:39 PM

At Purdue University's National Conference for Food and Agribusiness, speakers presented results of the University’s research study analyzing what data is collected across the food value chain, how it’s shared, and to what extent it is used to make strategic decisions. The study focused on five levels of the value chain: (1) Ag Input Manufacturers, (2) Ag Retailers, (3) Farmers, (4) First Handlers/Food Processors, (5) Food Manufacturers, and (6) Food Retailers. The event included panel discussions with representatives from each part of the value chain discussing trends they’re experiencing.

Topics: Traceability technology supply chain food traceability technology adoption manufacturing technology food manufacturing automation regulatory compliance food value chain consumer demand
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CAT Squared Joins CTB Family

By Kathy Barbeire on Sep 17, 2018 4:34:41 PM

CAT Squared is excited to announce that we are joining the CTB, Inc. family of brands. CTB is a trusted global designer, manufacturer, and marketer of agricultural systems and solutions. CAT Squared is CTB’s first acquisition of a software provider. This purchase adds value to the CTB family by capitalizing on the synergy between CAT Squared's manufacturing execution software for the food industry and CTB’s hardware and equipment brands such as Cabinplant and Meyn.
Topics: manufacturing technology mom software supply chain software food manufacturing software manufacturing execution system ctb food supplychain solutions
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CAT Squared Keeps Mar-Jac Poultry Compliant with State Regulations

By Kathy Barbeire on Dec 19, 2017 2:46:35 PM

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.

Topics: Labeling manufacturing technology plant-floor software food manufacturing software labeling system regulatory compliance ntep certified system
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Customer Feedback from Latest MES Software Release

By Kathy Barbeire on Aug 10, 2017 11:25:39 AM

CAT Squared is working hard to bring our customers the best manufacturing operations management software available in the industry. We are committed to releasing new functionality to our customers three times each year. As a reminder to our customers, new releases are available in January, May, and September.

Topics: mobile-app warehouse management system manufacturing technology plant-floor software supply chain software manufacturing software upgrade process
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Get the Most out of Your ERP

By Kathy Barbeire on Aug 9, 2017 3:28:50 PM

In last month's feature, we discussed various categories of data-management software systems used in manufacturing. This month, we’ll continue this conversation by more deeply defining the difference between ERP systems and MOM / MES systems and discussing how ERP integration with MES systems empowers manufacturers with real-time business intelligence to make better decisions.

Topics: manufacturing automation manufacturing software process alignment process mapping manufacturing technology erp integration plant-floor software mes software food manufacturing automation real-time data continuous improvement software manufacturing execution system
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Process Mapping Resolves Internal Conflict around Technology Adoption

By Kathy Barbeire on Jun 12, 2017 10:43:15 AM

It's common within family-owned businesses to see intergenerational conflict regarding when and how to adopt new technology. Often, I hear, "The CEO's son is interested in our system, but he’s got to wait for Dad to retire to make a move." This comment tells me that there are many company executives who are (understandably) intimidated by new technology and want to continue operating for as long as they can within their comfort zones. After all, they built the company and know it better than anyone else… Why change?

Topics: process mapping technology adoption manufacturing technology