Food Traceability Software With Barcode Scanning And IoT Climate Control


Food traceability software without tons of paperwork and headache. Automated track and trace solution with optional IoT temperature and humidity monitoring.

Lot number tracking and traceability are the important components of the inventory management process for the food manufacturers. QR Inventory software makes it easy to track lot numbers of ingredients and finished product batches, collect and preserve traceability information, automatically monitor temperature and humidity conditions through the supply chain, and comply with the food traceability requirements.

  • Lot or serial number level traceability. Track lot numbers of raw materials, finished goods and intermediate products on the shop floor using mobile devices (smartphones or tablets running iOs or Android) for barcode scanning and data collection.
  • Track and trace each product batch through the manufacturing process from start to finish.
  • Collect additional traceability information on each process step using mobile forms.
  • Define what data should be collected via the QR Inventory software web dashboard.
  • BLE IoT module of QR Inventory software provides an option to automatically monitor food products temperature and humidity conditions using IoT sensors and gateways.
  • Receive instant alerts if temperature or humidity conditions go out of acceptable range for any food product batch. Make sure that all products are at the adequate conditions through the entire process, from receiving to distribution. Prevent food waste and spoilage, and have digital temperature and humidity logs readily available for the food traceability compliance.
  • Traceability information collected on the shop floor using mobile devices, as well as temperature and humidity logs are sent to the backend cloud software. Real time traceability reports are available to all authorized users of the software in real time via the web dashboard.
  • The whole manufacturing traceability process is fast and error free. There is no need for manual entries and double entries. Company employees can collect all traceability information during the production process fast without being distracted from their main responsibilities. Collected information is securely stored on a centralized cloud software platform, is easily searchable and immediately available to all stakeholders.
  • If a problem is discovered with any of the food ingredients or finished product batches, you are always prepared. You can quickly find where the problem batch has been distributed, when, and issue a recall. If the problem is with an ingredient or a component, you can easily find all products where a specific ingredient batch was used.
  • Don't just react to the recalls - prevent them. Use QR Inventory software reports to analyze collected traceability data for the correlations between the problem food batch and the manufacturing conditions. Identify possible causes for the problem and take steps to prevent the same problem from happening again.
  • Optional blockchain plug-in allows for the safe sharing of food traceability information among the supply chain partners.
  

Food Traceability Technologies Used In The QR Inventory Software

QR Inventory software uses modern technologies to make food traceability process fast, easy and error-free.

  • Barcode / QR code scanning. Barcode scanning helps shop floor employees to process food products batches transactions fast, and avoid errors associated with the manual entries.
  • Smartphones and tablets. Company employees can use their own smartphones or tablets they are already familiar with. This makes a software adoption faster, and saves you money on the purchasing dedicated barcode scanning hardware.
  • Mobile forms. Use custom mobile forms that company employees can fill out on the smartphones or tablets, instead of the paper forms. Mobile forms are faster and easier to fill out on the shop floor, and completed records are securely preserved in the cloud as digital documents - no manual entries or lost traceability information.
  • Centralized cloud software platform. All collected food traceability information is sent to the centralized cloud software platform in real time. You have digital food traceability documentation readily accessible from anywhere and easily searchable.
  • IoT technology for temperature and humidity monitoring. Part of the food traceability requirements is to monitor food conditions through the supply chain, and have temperature logs to verify that the cold chain was not broken. QR Inventory software gives you an option to automatically monitor temperature and humidity conditions using a network of Bluetooth IoT sensors, and a gateway or a smartphone.
  

Lot Traceability, Lot Number Tracking For The Food Products

Lot number tracking requires a lot of paperwork, which is hard to manage when done manually. QR Inventory software automates lot number tracking and eliminates all physical paperwork. Shop floor employees track lot numbers of ingredients and final products using mobile devices for barcode scanning and entering tracebility information. Each food product lot is tracked through the entire production process, with required data and observations collected on each step.

The time spent on the lot traceability and compliance documentation is minimal. Company employees just need to scan a QR code or barcode with the QR Inventory mobile application, add any additional observations / notes and submit data to the cloud.

Administrators can access food traceability records on demand, and search records by multiple parameters to quickly find required information. If you need to issue a recall, you can do it fast and limit the scope to only affected food product lots. Analytical reports in the QR Inventory software will help you identify the cause of the problem and avoid similar problems in the future.
  

Components Traceability In The Final Food Product Batch

QR Inventory software makes it easy to assemble final product batch from the ingredients, and track lot numbers of used ingredients. You can create a generic list of components for the final product, then apply this list to each new product lot without a need to re-enter. While creating a finished product batch, scan lot number of each ingredient against its generic name on the list - and product lot numbers are recorded and saved.

Alternatively, you can do ad hoc assemblies building without using a list. Just scan added food ingredients and enter quantities. Mix and match both methods to accommodate your food manufacturing business workflow and production process.
  

Traceability Software With IoT Temperature And Humidity Monitoring

Food traceability includes not only tracking product lots through the supply chain, from the origin to the distribution, but also making sure that adequate climate conditions were maintained through the entire process. QR Inventory software provides an option to automatically monitor temperature and humidity conditions of the food product batches through the production, transportation and storage. The IoT sensors measure the temperature and humidity conditions at pre-set time intervals, and send data to the centralized cloud software platform through the Bluetooth IoT gateways.

If the internet connection is not available, the temperature and humidity data are stored internally on the sensors to be retrieved at a later time - so the data are never lost.

Combining food batch traceability data with the temperature and humidity monitoring ensures that the product is safe, and the correct temperature and humidity conditions were maintained through the entire process. If something goes wrong you get an instant alert and can correct the conditions, or isolate a compromised product batch if the correction is not possible.
  

Tracking Final Food Products Distribution And Storage

Once a final food product batch is created, you can split it into units (lbs, liters, trays, packages, etc.) for shipping to the customers or further use in production. QR Inventory software will automatically prorate ingredient's quantities for each unit, preserving all collected traceability information. Once the split is done, you can use the product batch in the other products, store it for the future use and / or ship to the customers.

As with all inventory transactions done in the QR Inventory software, you define what additional data to collect when you record shipping transactions. These may include tracking numbers, delivery date, notes, etc. You can use recorded data to quickly sort through the shipping transactions and find the ones you need.
  

Food Traceability Software With Comprehensive Reporting

In case of a reported problem, QR Inventory software reports provide the necessary information to quickly find all affected food product batches:
  • In case of a reported problem with the component lot, find all product batch(es) containing a component with the specified lot number.
  • In case of a reported problem with a final product, find lot numbers of components used in the specified batch, what other product batches have these ingredients.
  • Find everything about affected food product batches distribution: where they were distributed, when, how many units, how many you may still have in stock and where.
  • Review recorded traceability information, temperature and humidity logs for the components and final product batches.
  • Use multiple search filters to find required traceability data fast.
  • Use QR Inventory software analytical reports to find correlations and common issues for the affected product lots, whether it is a supplier, production conditions, equipment used in the production, temperature or humidity conditions, etc. Use reports to identify and eliminate the problem.
  

Food Safety Inspections And Audits

Use mobile data collection module (also known as QR Mobile Data) to create custom mobile forms for recording food safety inspections on the shop floor. Inspections records are stored in a secure cloud, are accessible on demand at any time and are easily searchable. You can review records online, download records and create custom formatted pdf reports for external auditors in one click. Check out more information on mobile inspections for the food processors.


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QR Inventory and QR Mobile Data are brand names of inventory management and mobile forms software by AHG -- a provider of mobile and cloud-based applications for business. Our unified mobile platform improves business operations efficiency by eliminating manual tasks and physical paperwork, while providing a secure cloud storage for the business records, real time access to business data for all stakeholders, comprehensive data reporting and analytics. Headquartered in beautiful Boise, Idaho, AHG software is used to manage hundreds of millions of dollars annually in inventory and assets.

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