Securing Supply Chain For Full Traceability in the Nutrition Industry
Glanbia plc is a global nutrition group, employing over 6,000 people across 32 countries and revenues of €3.7bn (2016). Glanbia takes pure and clean ingredients including milk, whey and grains, and using expert knowledge and capabilities produces high-quality nutritional ingredients and branded consumer products for its customers and consumers worldwide. It has leading market positions in sports nutrition, cheese, dairy ingredients, speciality non-dairy ingredients and vitamin and mineral premixes. They have major production facilities located in Ireland, the US, the UK, Germany and China.
A key pillar of Glanbia’s food traceability strategy is the need to guarantee a secure and reliable data feed throughout all stages of the supply chain from the sourcing of the raw nutritional materials, through to production and distribution and on to the eventual point of purchase. Integral to this strategy was the integration of state-of-the-art new metering technology to the dairy production supply chain. The meters selected use a range of sensors to track both the quantity of milk and its characteristics, such as the percentage of cream, protein and lactose. Asavie was tasked with developing a means by which this data could be collected at the farm and transmitted to Glanbia’s manufacturing executive systems.
“Asavie provided automated data gathering from our fleet of trucks in real time, giving us information faster…which, in turn, is fed immediately to our processing facilities, giving us time to adjust to varying supply patterns.”
IT Manager, Glanbia
Asavie provides secure bi-directional connectivity from Glanbia’s Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to field force vehicles to ensure compliance with food supply chain audits. The on-demand Asavie IoT Connect service ensures a real-time, secure connectivity experience from data sources (remote devices, trucks, driver handhelds, refrigeration units and MES ) to product applications and reporting dashboards. The intelligent oversight of all moving parts enabled by Asavie, ensures that Glanbia’s IT and OT teams have full visibility and control of their food production processes.
Optimization of manufacturing processes via full diagnostic insight to performance.
Automation of payments to dairy farmers and increased efficiencies of milk deliveries to dairy processing plants.
Secure bi-directional connectivity to ensure compliance with food chain audits.
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