SG Systems is leading the way in creating efficient factories which minimize material losses and improve product consistency throughout North America. Our solution is a unique combination of industrialized hardware and software designed to bridge the gap between ERP Systems and shop floor weighing, batching & labeling operations. The results include real-time paperless traceability, improvements in product consistency & direct control of the hand weighing and batching processes. The System has a proven return on investment of within 6 months by reducing ingredient giveaway and bad batches.
Formula Weighing Control
Vantage Formula Control Scale System
Vantage Formula Control Scale System is the perfect way to ensure ingredients are measured & traced accurately and consistently, without costly giveaway or out of specification batches. The system ensures each weighed ingredient has enforced +/- tolerances, preventing recipe completion until all ingredients are weighed using the green the target zone. The systems scans and validates lot numbers, providing real time inventory usage and eliminating costly traceability paperwork. SG Systems provide ERP Integration Services. Hundreds of configuration options exist in the standard system, enabling each workstation to be setup to handle many applications including batch, campaign and combination weighing. The Vantage Formula Control Scale System system provides effortless compliance with BRC, FDA, FSMA, and many other quality standards.
Many label printing options exist to identify the needs of certain WIP / Batch printing applications. Labels can be designed in bartender, saved and sent as text files to Serial, FTP or Networked Label Printers with the following information.
Standard Label Fields
Job Number, Batch Number, Recipe Code, Recipe Description, Operator Code, Operator Name, Produced Date & Time, Batch Expiration Date & Time (based on shortest ingredient expiration or fixed time), Mix Size, Batch Size, Nett & Gross Weighing, Container Count + 20 user defined fields.
Batch end, container change (prompted of programed), separate ingredients, non-weighed items (whole bags etc), suspended batch, aborted batch.
Vantage Formula Control Scale Specs
The Vantage Touch Screen is a NEMA4 (IP66) heavy industrial computer designed for harsh manufacturing applications. It is usually supplied with a stainless steel fabricated stand with a built in scale, however the terminal can be supplied and connected to most existing scales and balances using internal connections. The terminal is constructed using compression seals to maximize ingress protection. Cables entries are sealed and protected. The Terminals are supplied with software applications which run on Windows or Linux as a background operating system. Stainless steel stands, scales and printer enclosures are fully welded and polished to high manufacturing standards.
- Weighing Equipment (2 x analogue inputs, 3 x serial RS232 inputs).
- Bar-code Readers (hardwired USB or Bluetooth)
- Label Printers (network or serial RS232)
- Report Printers (network)
- Temperature Probes (serial RS232)
- PLC & switchgear (serial or network)
The terminals utilize TCP/IP communications to a database using a wired or wireless LAN. This allows multiple site operations to communicate with a central database. Terminal support is conducted using VNC or RDC.
Vantage Product Labeling System
Vantage Product Labeling System is the perfect way to ensure finished products are identified accurately and consistently, with a direct link to the manufactured batches. The line side Labeling System can be activated by push button (1 label at a time), bulk print (enter qty manually) or PLC triggered (tray stacker, case erector etc.). The Labeling System can work stand alone (identifying products using date / time & line number) or fully integrated into the manufacturing process (printing traceable batch numbers). When line integrated, the Labeling System scans and validates batch numbers providing real time inventory usage and eliminating costly traceability paperwork. SG Systems provides ERP Integration Services. The Vantage Product Labeling System system provides effortless compliance with BRC, FDA, FSMA, and many other quality standards.
Product Labeling Format Options
Printing options include Product Name & Description, SKU & Codes, Dates (Production, Expiration, Julian, Custom), Ingredient Declaration / Nutritional Content, Sales Order Numbers, Customer Codes, 20 Definable Fields plus more. Bar-codes can be printed (1 or more) which include the latest GS128 format, 2D, QR plus a list of historically used bar-codes and symbols (EAN13 etc.). Company Logo’s, Symbols and Certification Logos’ (USDA, Go Texan, etc.) can be stored in the printer memory and rapidly printed. Manual apply and high speed print and apply options are available. Inkjet code interfaces (for item or case level traceability) to serial or network devices are available.
The simple to use system allows management to schedule a production plan (or import from ERP) to area specific Product Labeling terminals. Product Labeling setup allows finished products or WIP Stages to be created with all the respective components including batches and sub-mixes, location commodities any packaging required. The Line Side Product Labeling Terminal Login allows products to be created & labeled with inventory consumed. If connected to a scale, finished products can be check-weighed or catch-weighed with ‘target zone only’ printing. Commodity specific messaging ensures operator confirmation with requirements such as Allergens, HACCP, SQF and SOP.
Line Portion Control
Vantage Assembly Line Portion Control System
Vantage Assembly Line Portion Control System prevents costly production line ingredient giveaway and ensures ‘on budget’, consistent finished products linking Cardinal Storm 190 WiFi Scales to a Vantage Line Portion Control Terminal. The simple to use line management software ensures that each element of the final product is correctly portioned within the weight tolerances set by management, removing the control from the shop floor operators. ‘Take-away’ mode allows full containers of product to be zeroed, enabling operators to weigh out portions using loss in weight with auto-zero, eliminating the need for operators to tare scales between portions. Line Portion Control allows a rapid payback on proteins and other high value commodities where the accuracy of the portion is critical to the profitability of a business.
Line Portion Control System Specs
Built for extreme-use applications in the weighing industry, the American-made Cardinal 190 STORM’s IP69K-rated polycarbonate enclosure withstands high-temperature (up to 176º F / 80º C), high-pressure wash downs (1450 PSI). The 190 STORM features capacitive touch keys, 1-inch-high clearly visible LCD digits, built-in RS232 or WiFi communications port, and versatile power options: AC, DC, and rechargeable battery. The 190 STORM’s bright, vivid display changes color automatically as the pre-assigned target weights are reached. The operator knows immediately when they’ve reached the acceptable weight range based on the amber, green, or red color changes for UNDER, ACCEPT, or OVER weights. NTEP, OIML, and Measurement Canada.