EVS & Manufacturing Software Solutions for Bakeries

by : Thomas Cutler

With low margins and often highly fluctuating material costs, effectively managing profitability is a must for baking manufacturers. Formula costing and what-if scenarios are a key component of managing profitability. Tracking and make cost data easily available allows for close monitoring of the costs of materials, labor, packaging and finished goods.

Escape Velocity Systems (EVS) (www.evs-sw.com) recently announced that process (formula based) manufacturing operations are increasingly focused on the issues facing baking manufacturing operations and profitability. According to EVS President Evan Garber, "Bakery operations face high competition, highly variable material costs, regulatory requirements and quality management are some key challenges which are unique to food and beverage industry profitability. Bakeries must have a firm and immediate grasp of production and product margins, and be able to make timely sales and operational decisions based upon accurate data. Having a coherent, cohesive data repository with efficient work flows is a key component of managing these complex issues."

Process Manufacturing describes a manufacturing process whereby materials are blended, cooked, or mixed as opposed to assembled from discrete units. Some needs common to process manufacturing industries are all applicable to baking operations:

&bullFormulas (or recipes) are ratios, not static bills of material
&bullSplit bill of material: several products can share one formula, yet have different packaging
&bullFlexibility with units of measure
&bullStringent quality control, with recall ability
&bullLot grading / attribute tracking and calculation

Escape Velocity Systems (EVS) was formed in 2001 to combine specific industry knowledge related to process manufacturing, distribution, and ERP implementations with cutting edge software development. The company focus is to create tools that enable mid-market enterprises to achieve their goals, focusing on lean processes and ROI.

The term escape velocity refers to the speed that is necessary for an object to overcome gravity and soar into space. EVS provides direct applications for businesses looking for a catalyst, not just a software package. Process manufacturers require the best software solution coupled with industry experience that will accelerate the velocity with which they race towards their goals. The gravity of status-quo opposes aggressive, cutting edge organizations as they strive towards high quality and short lead time delivery while reducing inventories and operating costs.