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4 Reasons How Sage X3 Provides Control for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Sage X3 for Food Processing

Is your food and beverage business growing?

Have your production processes become more sophisticated, leaving you with a mess of workarounds? Here are four examples of why Sage X3 is a robust business management solution to take your company to the next level, including: Lot Traceability, Lot Control, Allergen Control, and Quality Control.

1. Lot Traceability

The product master file is used to track lots throughout the system in Sage X3. It offers detailed, summary and non-traceability options. What happens if a supplier notifies you that a specific lot number has been contaminated and you need to investigate available stock? Sage X3 gives you the ability to drill down to active lots within your inventory and identify which lot the supplier says is contaminated.

To reduce recall time, Sage X3 allows you to locate the inventory within a specific warehouse by detailed location. Sage X3 also provides additional backward and forward traceability by referencing transactional data of supplier raw material sources and where finished products may have shipped, allowing you to proactively – and precisely - notify distributors and consumers. Transactions can also be downloaded to Excel to perform additional analysis.

2. Lot Control

Sage X3 is designed to manage lots at the product level. Within the product master file, there are fields in the management tab for lot management, re-control, and expiration management.

Lot Management – you have the options of mandatory lot, sublot, optional lot, or not managed. Unique sequences are created here for labeling.
Re-control/Expiration Management – this feature give you the ability to change status based on lead time updates. You can also change status of products based on time period.

3. Allergen Control

Sage X3 allows you to add an allergen constraint or control to a product as an option within the product master field. This option details a list of known allergens and, within a recipe, it tells you if it’s an intermediary or finished good ingredient. You can then dig into the manufacturing BOM or receipt for more detailed allergen roll up. Finally, allergen controls extend to scheduling production to minimize cleanup and cross-contamination on the shop floor.

4. Quality Control

Sage X3 has several QC features including technical sheets, questions and functional movements, and Change Control Management.

Technical Sheets/Questions - the questions or tests within QC are user definable. Some examples include E.coli, salmonella, % moisture. These questions are then recorded on technical sheets at predetermined specific testing points throughout inventory handling and production.

Functional Movements of QA testing take place in 3 places and Sage X3 manages all this within the solution for you.

1. Receipt of raw materials

2. Production receipts of finished goods.

3. In process work order associated testing.

Change Control Management (CCM) - provides greater control of Products, BOM’s, Work Orders, Purchase Orders and Inventory revisions. In addition, workflow notification rules along with advanced version product usage reconnaissance tools are available for personal user configuration. CCM improves visibility of where products of specific versions reside in customer orders, work orders, purchase orders and inventory.

This YouTube video walks through Quality Control within Sage X3 and how technical sheet/questions are linked within Sage X3 for detailed QA and QC management functionality.

Sage X3 Version 11 is now available to customers in the cloud or on-premises. All features that were introduced in previous cloud-only releases (update 10.x) are now also available to customers on-premises with Sage X3 update 11.

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Danica Weappa

Written by Danica Weappa