The importance of software to industrial business operations cannot be overstated as requirements from business partners, customers, and regulatory agencies increasingly demand access to data in all steps of production operations. Of course, it’s not just outside agencies that need this data. It’s also needed internally to improve processes and reduce downtime.
And though software to address these requirements has long existed, it’s often been complex to interact with and/or rigid in its formatting requirements, as well as typically being focused on one or a few specific aspects of operations.
Specific modules included in the software suite include quality management, environmental health and safety, supplier management (to help businesses understand how well their suppliers are performing), OEE, SPC, and maintenance.
At PACK EXPO East 2022, Kevin M. Lee, director of solutions engineering at SafetyChain, explained how the software’s multiple components capture raw data to deliver actionable insights for both plant floor workers and executives, whether they're at a workstation or using a mobile device. He described the platform as having three pillars:
- Capture data—raw data is collected from field level devices such as sensors, PLCs, and gateways up to ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems using REST APIs (application programming interfaces).
- Visualize data on mobile devices, workstations, or plant-wide dashboards.
- Make data actionable for applications such as root cause analysis, Six Sigma, and complaint management.
Beyond the ability to add fields and/or forms as needed for compliance, the platform also contains industry audit capabilities to map data from device and system inputs to audits for regulatory agency access.
Lee noted that the software is typically implemented in sprints so that users can see value within 30 days.
SafetyChain customers include Perdue, Tyson, Blue Buffalo, Trident Seafoods, Fresh Express, and Kroger.
The video below features Lee walking us through the SafetyChain software at PACK EXPO East 2022.