Barber asked Rockwell Automation to help it migrate from a paper-based system to an automated electronic-based system that provided real-time KPIs and constant feedback to its SAP system.
"Barber adopted a progressive stance on tracking and tracing", says Paul Moylan, Rockwell Automation's food industry manager. "Barber recognized the significant business benefits they could realize by raising the visibility of labor, material, and equipment usage in their manufacturing operations. They understand the need to be responsive to regulatory needs, while seeing the advantage of electronic."
According to Barber Foods' Vice President of MIS Bob Lowe, the new tracking and tracing system enabled the processor to improve order fill rate, increase inventory turns, and initiate an effective continuous improvement program, while continuing to ensure the highest product quality.
Although the system was deployed prior to enactment of the Bioterrorism Act, Herb Rau, director of quality at Barber Foods says the company's policy is to always comply with, and exceed, FDA and USDA regulations.