Further up the line:
Quality feed production contributes to food
Attention to food quality involves far more than simply monitoring the
quality of what people eat. For Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of a giant pork
producer Smithfield Foods, careful monitoring of feed manufacturing
processes to assure high quality food for its pork production represents a
critical contribution to the quality of that production.
Using CHARTrunner to monitor feed manufacturing processes,
Murphy-Brown, the live production arm of the largest producer and processor
of pork in the world, is able to compare actual to theoretical chemistry
values in the food manufacturing. "This data helps our manufacturing
team understand process capability and the impact of changes to their
systems," says Jeff Hansen, Ph.D., nutritionist and manager of
production research and development for the firm.
Smithfield Foods is a $6 billion dollar company, producing about 12 percent
of the nation's swine. The production
side of the business has been consolidated in the Murphy-Brown name.
Hansen, after participating in a seminar with statistician Donald Wheeler,
Ph.D., was searching on the Internet for an SPC product that could automate
Murphy-Brown's run charts, thus increasing reporting capability without
expanding labor costs.
What he found was CHARTrunner, a PQ Systems product that can
automatically generate SPC charts from existing data formats. "In
addition, graphical representation of the data allowed us to understand
longer-term trends or to identify when specific changes had been made,"
Hansen says. "I am able to generate reports for multiple levels of
management, more extensive reports for managers, and less detailed reports
for top management."
Export formats, such as .jpg and bitmaps, allow Murphy-Brown to share
reports easily, he adds. "We expect to expand our reporting capability
extensively in the near future." His next projects include individual
lot reporting to the production management team, as well as financial
reporting to upper management.
With CHARTrunner, data in nearly any database or spreadsheet program
can be immediately retrieved by this easy-to-use program, which will create
a variety of chart types with genuine visual impact. Unlike multi-purpose
programs that store data, apply formulas to data, or organize information, CHARTrunner
"lives and breathes to make your charts," according to Matt
Savage, SPC project manager for PQ Systems.