Sustainability is the word of the decade, but for manufacturers putting products into packaging, there aren’t many practical solutions around.
For FMCG manufacturers dealing with many SKUs (stock-keeping units), waste is an ongoing issue.
Whole pallet loads can be dumped due to the wrong labelling, coding, compliance or a dozen other reasons.
Our team recognised that the key to a sustainable FMCG manufacturing operation is Overall Line Efficiency (OLE), where waste of all types, including labour, is minimised.
Our answer to the OLE challenge is FM Link, a new-release software developed for the FMCG industry that reduces waste at every stage of the packaging process.
FM Link is a comprehensive, dynamic software system that monitors, tracks, documents, and controls the process of manufactured goods.
It provides a functional layer connecting the enterprise resource planning (ERP) and the manufacturing control systems (Line MES) and gives decision-makers the data they need to make the plant floor more efficient and optimise production.
It acts as a digital bridge between the manufacturer’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and the factory floor.
FM Link provides industry-leading advanced capability to control entire packaging production lines (using OMAC PackML machine language standards), delivering the following customer benefits:
Through recipe management and a neural network of sensors, FM Link provides the information for our advanced line control software, Line MES to deliver the right product into the right package, with the right coding and labelling, 100% of the time.
It enables fully digitised, paperless manufacturing, which eliminates human error.
FM Link delivers absolutely accurate information down the line to set up all the equipment on the line with the right information, even printers, laser coders and pallet labellers.
It takes all the human error out, of the equation and is a single source of truth.
When changes need to be made, they’re made once, in the ERP. For our larger customers, it has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on reworking or dumping product.
FM Link can:
FM Link includes the following modules:
The FM Link software suite integrates seamlessly with any ERP or legacy system.
It is delivered as an addition to our widely promoted Line Manufacturing Execution System (Line MES), which is the real-time execution system for FMCG manufacturing lines.
FM Link, together with Line MES, facilitates a truly lean manufacturing operation and is, in our experience, the only way to deliver all the benefits of Industry 4.0.
Sound interesting? Why not get a demo to see how it works.
'BWX now has truly paperless manufacturing, a fully digitised system that ensures our quality control is immaculate and we waste almost nothing.'