The system, installed by Stevens Weighing Group, has given the meat and poultry processor greater control of its operations in the new 1,950m² processing plant. BPM supplies cooked and fresh meats to the catering trade in the Home Counties, Midlands and West Country.
Sales manager for Stevens Weighing Group, Stuart Hunt, said: "BPM set a number of key goals it wanted to achieve for controlling processes at its new plant. These included improved meat traceability with a paperless audit trail, increased stock control and efficiency, improved labelling, reduction in administration time and minimisation of waste and giveaway. The system needed to be user-friendly so that operators could readily adapt without it being too onerous."
BPM wanted a weighing system that could operate in harmony with its Sage Line 500 software package to provide a fully integrated system incorporating the factory floor and back-office. Red meat, poultry and cooked meats are processed and stored separately at the factory. As a result, the system features separate Vantage units, split into three main sections - goods-in and stock release, production and goods-out.
Hunt said the Vantage units could be used as stand-alone self contained modules or networked as part of a fully integrated system. The machine can also deal with non-weighed, manually handled items. Traceability starts as soon as each consignment of meat is booked in and checked against the relevant order. Consignments are issued with a lot number and a barcoded label, which includes information on the use-by date, store location and product-specific quality information, as well as delivery vehicle and supplier details.
BPM partner, Rob Hutchinson said: "We need to process orders quickly and accurately, including invoicing. The Stevens system draws real time data from the Sage system giving us a clear picture of what is going on. We know we are in control of our processes and can measure our efficiency."