The SoftTrace suite of Traceability and Quality Management software modules for the will be implemented in the , USA in a traceability partnership designed to augment the centre’s $32 million initiative to modernise its manufacturing, research and education facility.
When completed, the new facility will include a modern milk intake area and state-of-the-art dairy processing plant and provide the CDR with the capacity to continue to lead the US in dairy excellence at a time when the safety and quality of all dairy products is an increasingly vital part of the industry’s success.
The individual SoftTrace modules add up to a plant-wide data collection and management system. The suite can be implemented on a modular basis to create a system with the required degree of flexibility to meet the specific needs and budget of individual customers in the Dairy industry. Wisconsin CDR will implement the full SoftTrace suite to support all aspects of their cheese, butter, powder, ice-cream and yoghurt manufacturing. The system will, for example, track and monitor milk received and release into the manufacturing process, capture information from analytical instruments, manage laboratory information, run processing systems, track and integrate in-process data to product tank and individual vat level, manage inventory, control dispatch based on positive release procedures, and – critically – ensure full traceability to the finished product.
Professor John Lucey, Director, Centre for Dairy Research
For more than 25 years the CDR has worked to provide the US Dairy industry with outstanding service in the areas of research and innovation and each year provides in excess of 200 companies with knowledge, solutions and education. This project is aimed at helping US Dairy companies effectively engage growing markets, take advantage of greater innovation, gain insight from Wisconsin CDR expertise and do it in a technologically advanced working environment.
The new 67,000 sq. ft. renewal will include a 37,000 sq. ft. addition with 20,000 sq. ft. dedicated to new research and processing space. A speciality ripening room, a larger protein fractionation area and a cultured products suite will also be added to support the growth of functional proteins, speciality cheese and cultured products. A larger facility will provide increased space for industry training.
SoftTrace Traceability and Quality Management Software systems are used by Dairy and Food companies in Europe and USA – not only to address their complex quality, traceability, porduct safety and risk management challenges. SoftTrace also supports industry leaders, such as and , in achieving increased operational efficiency and profits, effective control of inventory, maximised product yield management, improved operating profits and a reduction in overhead costs.