Our Software for Industrial Food Safety & Recipe Control

Our Software for Industrial Food Safety & Recipe Control

Not having to think about food poisoning or food-borne illnesses throughout the course of daily life is a unique privilege that many North American consumers have. Consuming foods, whether made from fresh ingredients in the home, purchased from the store, or prepared in a restaurant or dining establishment can be done without much thought or worry about proper temperature controls, storage conditions, or contamination of microorganisms thanks to the rigorous food hygiene discipline and requirements found here. However, for all of those involved in the process of growing, harvesting, storing, transporting, cooking, and chilling the food before it hits a consumer’s fork–industrial food safety is at the very forefront of every thought and process.

How is Food Safety Controlled in the USA?

In the United States, food safety is governed at the federal, state, and local levels. Federal regulations are administered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA publishes the Food Code, which began in 1993. According to the FDA, 48 of 56 states and territories have adopted food codes modeled after the Food Code. In addition to the FDA, there are 15 agencies that divide oversight responsibilities in the food safety system. Those 15 agencies include the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Restaurants and retail food establishments are regulated by state law administered by local and regional health departments. Many states enforce their own version of the FDA Food Code.

Recipe Manager Ensures Recipe Adherence & Industrial Food Safety

The DC Norris Recipe Manager Software package provides easy and flexible control of recipe-driven production processes. 

The user-friendly Recipe Manager software system allows customers to create ingredient listings, step–by–step procedural recipes and user access security with all recipes stored in a relational database. 

Key Features of Recipe Manager for Food Safety:

  • The Recipe Manager Software Package maintains full records of kettle yields, allowing bar code identification from preparation through to packaging, and ensures all HACCP controls are met.
  • Automatic Supervisor Notification: supervisors will be notified immediately via email/SMS message of any process deviations outside of the recipe parameters.
  • Ingredient Addition Management (IAM): create and manage the food preparation area including Barcode reading and RFID tagging where required.
  • Calculates pasteurization values for pathogenic microorganisms (PU / PO)
  • Temperatures, cook times, and motor speeds are automatically controlled (custom to each recipe)
  • Visual display of plant layout and fault notification
  • Records all weights, temperatures, sequences, deviations, and errors
  • Creates batch reports in text and graph formats
  • Piped additions are batched in automatically and verified by either load cell or flow meter
  • Machine operator HMI screens can be viewed remotely in real-time
  • Easy data export to all popular formats
  • Recipes can include full-screen high-resolution pictures
  • Can interface to existing ERP/MRP systems
  • Manages all users and ingredients throughout the cooking process
  • Recipes can automatically scale ingredients for different batch sizes
  • Provides a full audit trail of all recipes
  • Can be set up as a client-server installation where several users can use Recipe Manager at the same time

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Virtual Chart Recorder Helps DC Norris Clients Maintain Industrial Food Safety

DC Norris Virtual Chart Recorder logs information relating to temperature changes in any cooking and/or cooling process and enables the production of historic cycle process records and trends.

The DC Norris Virtual Chart Recorder software has been designed to retrieve and record analog and digital data, relating to production cycles performed on a variety of different machinery – including machinery that is manufactured by other brands. For digital recording, Virtual Chart Recorder will log the temperatures and weight of a product during a cook cycle.

Virtual Chart Recorder logs data continuously, on a 24-hour basis. The system utilizes a Microsoft SQL Server database which allows all batch records to be searched, viewed, and analyzed. All data can be exported to popular formats like Excel.

The underlying technology behind Virtual Chart Recorder is OLE for Process Control (OPC). Virtual Chart Recorder can capture information from virtually any brand of PLC. Virtual Chart Recorder can continuously monitor up to 256 machines at any one time. The number of actual machines that can be continuously monitored at any one time is 256. 

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From machinery to software, leverage the global experience of DC Norris North America to keep your production operation safe.

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