FOOD manufacturing giant Simplot Australia has begun evaluating Citect’s new on-line benchmarking service, called Meta. This production performance analytics service is being tested across five plants to leverage best practices and continuous improvement within the Australian business.
Popular food brands from Simplot include Leggo’s, John West, Birds Eye, Edgell, Plumrose, Harvest and I & J. Citect is one of the world’s largest, real-time intelligence software companies.
Meta enables businesses to identify opportunities and improve capital deployment through benchmarking the performance of individual plants amongst each other, as well as against global standards. Simplot is reviewing Meta for its enterprise benchmarking initiative because its service offers easy configuration and reporting, as well as low ownership costs.
“Identifying the best areas for improving competitiveness is essential, and corporate managers need accurate information on individual plant performance along with comparisons against industry standards to understand where capital and resources are best spent,” said Peter York, supply chain development manager, Simplot Australia.
“Gathering this data is cumbersome, and the quality is often poor due to varying KPIs and other factors,” said York. “Meta has proved to be a more efficient and faster method to benchmark the performance of our plants, and then to compare the results to industry standards. Because Meta is a secure service, we get a lot of valuable information for a minimal investment.”
Citect is also working with ARC Advisory Group, which will provide the global analysis and metrics used for the industry benchmarking standards. Meta, an industry-first, allows users to compare their own performance against global industry figures and directly evaluate their competitiveness by KPI, industry and country.
“Meta provides a tremendous advantage as an economical, user-friendly and accurate tool for comparing manufacturing performance within the company as well as against industry averages,” said Frank Volckmar, global director, Meta.