Food and Beverage
The food and beverage industry is similar to consumer packaged goods (requires packaging) with the additional constraint that spoilage/shelflife is a major factor. In addition, food and beverage manufacturers have regulatory issues that require a high level of quality control.
Food and beverage companies also may have similar constraints on their manufacturing process; e.g., step 4 (cooking) has to happen within 30 minutes after step 3 (fermentation) or don't bother scheduling step 3.
In addition food and beverage manufacturers often know what their orders are going to be months in advance and need to make sure today's order fulfillment doesn't get behind or the machines won't be available a few months later.
Both industries may have many steps in their manufacturing process, from sterilizing, trimming, cutting, slicing, grinding, chopping, mixing, blending, washing, peeling, weighing, baking, steaming, deep-frying, boiling, pressure cooking, roasting, fermentation, freezing, etc., along with a variety of packaging steps like bottling, canning, bagging, packing, boxing, palletizing and labelling.
Beverage manufacturers have additional constraints like wait times for reactions (beer and wine) and wait times after production (i.e., aging before bottling).
- advanced features that can handle complex scheduling requirements (like having to wait for fermentation).
- enter orders ahead of time, allowing you to view the future.
- manage complex manufacturing requirements.
- schedule inspection and other quality assurance steps.
Food and Beverage manufacturers have turned to Taylor products to help them solve these intricate, mission-critical planning and scheduling problems.