Manufacturing Journalist, TR Cutler wrote in the current issue of the Food & Beverage Journal (a publication of FEP Executive Search), “Growth is often what triggers mid-sized food companies to examine their technology options. Finding vendors who fully comprehend the nuances and specific industry demands proves integral for success and continued growth.”
Ellison Bakery manufactures cookie products using top quality ingredients. “As a commercial bakery, Ellison operates in a high paced environment. We had two key business requirements that drove the need for a new system,” explained Jon Ellis, Plant Manager of the bakery. “First, our desire to improve lot traceability was critical. Second, the need to juggle our production schedules based on our customer’s ever changing demands. The best way to solve these issues was with an ERP solution that automated every step of our business.”
According to Todd Wallin, the bakery’s General Manager, “Lot tracking capabilities drove us to look for a new system. As we worked with larger companies, they demand a level of transparency in regards to lot tracking. One of the requirements was to lot track every raw material to every finished good. We had to find a way to deliver tracking from raw to the end customer.”
Five years ago, after an extensive search process, the company selected JustFoodERP, a key Microsoft Dynamics partner focusing on software for the food industry. As well as meeting their lot tracking needs, the system based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV addressed many of the needs of a growing company. Wallin noted, “Reporting and tracking data is essential, and we have the systems in place to do this now.”
Clearly the technology solution is working for the bakery because, “Having JustFoodERP in place has allowed us to manage relationships with the largest ice cream and candy manufacturers in North America,” according to Wallin. The company has experienced the ability to work with customers due to these technology advances that would not have been possible otherwise.
JustFoodERP (www.JustFoodERP.com) includes ERP business software for the food industry. This industry specific solution also provides support for other key requirements including food safety software, product lifecycle management, reporting software, and CRM software for food industry. JustFoodERP is food management software and food service software which offers the necessary tools in order to improve business practices. By using this food industry software companies are better able to save time and improve the quality of products and services.
JustFoodERP is a vertically focused software company providing software and services powered by the Microsoft Dynamics platform. The company has joined the prestigious 2010 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics, an elite group of the most strategic Microsoft Dynamics partners from across the globe whose sales achievements rank them in the highest echelon of the Microsoft Dynamics global network of partners. Members of the Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle have performed to a high standard of excellence by delivering valuable solutions that help organizations achieve increased success. JustFoodERP is recognized by Microsoft as one of the most successful business partners, deployed by over 150 customers in North America.
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The interest by newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as a number of select UK online retailers to use the iPad for direct download of website pages, is likely to mean that many iPad owners are likely to also want to print a photo, web page or an email. Although the present iPad does not feature a printing option, it is possible, of course to download a third-party app which enables some printing to a networked printer.
The most straightforward method, according to Apple, is to simply sync your documents through to your Mac or PC for Mac/PC printing. However there are other possible options, by utilising third party iPad printing apps to other printer brands, for example HP, Canon Wi-Fi, as well as Lexmark printers. The use of either OEM branded printer cartridges or compatible toner/inkjet cartridges remains the same as in previous routine printing.
There are three basic types of iPad printing apps:
Direct Wi-Fi-enabled printers.
Easy Photo-Print for iPhone : although prints directly to a WiFi-enabled Canon printer, it only prints photos and screenshots saved to a photo gallery and no other type of document, due to the iPhone app being enlarged to fit the bigger iPad screen.
HP iPrint Photo : can also locate a Mac and print to a networked shared Laserjet printer and a further app called ePrint will also print to a Mac-shared Lexmark laser printer.
Air Sharing HD : although searches a Wi-Fi network for Macs only and not Windows PCs, its probably the best app for general-purpose printing with shared printers. Despite being unable to access local files on an iPad, a document can also be self- emailed on iPad and be opened in Air Sharing HD and printed to shared Lexmark and Epson printers.
However, Air Sharing HD tends to print Word and Pages documents which exclude the margin and can also depict a Word document looking low-res like a screenshot.
ePrint : works some shared printers, e.g. Lexmark laser printer.
Documentz Pro : it is necessary to either first download files with a mystifyingly complex interface, or upload them from a PC Web browser that can shorten longer files.
Background Server With Mac or PC.
Often apps are unable to directly talk to printers but instead talk to a server that has to be run in the background on a Mac or PC, and then connected to attached printers.
When time is urgent, it may be simply quicker and easier to e-mail or upload a document to where a PC can access it, and then just use the PC to activate the printing process.
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Flip HD camcorders are becoming the must have gadget for everyone from teenagers to grandparents, and once you have got one yourself you will understand why. Cameras such as the Flip Mino HD are extremely portable allowing you to carry them anywhere with ease; unlike older models of camcorders you can fit the majority of flip HD camcorders in your pocket or even a purse, which great when you are on the move and need to capture a special moment.
There are a number of different models now available to choose from and they can also range in price and benefits. The Flip Mino HD camcorder certainly has a very appealing sleek design that is similar to many other high tech gadgets like the iPod. The use of brushed metal and soft edges makes it both resistant to damage and comfortable to hold. It also delivers on price with it being available online in the United Kingdom for around ninety nine pounds making it the perfect present for a birthday or Christmas.
Whilst they are extremely small they certainly do not lack quality and it is amazing that something, which fits so easily into your pocket, can capture such great video. Whilst the majority of mobile phones are now able to record, not many have the level of high definition that flip cameras such as the Flip Mono HD can provide. It adds a great deal more to your videos and you can see this instantly on the cameras anti-glare high quality screen, or by using an HDMI lead to view it on your high definition television.
Using Flip HD camcorders to capture video is incredible easy and the Flip Mono HD camcorder is certainly one of the easiest with you being able to press the record button as soon as you turn it on, allowing you to capture high quality video in seconds. It is also great for adding to your computer for editing or sharing online with friends on social networks as it has the USB plug and play option allowing it to work with any PC or even Mac.
Some people are often concerned that something so small will not have enough memory or recording time to be effect. Whilst that may have been the case with earlier models of Flip HD camcorders the majority have very good video capture times. When choosing a model it is best to buy one with eight gigabytes of built in memory, as this will usually allow you to record for up to two hours and not have to pay out further for memory cards.
Scott King is a consumer specialist who reviews the latest Flip Mono and other HD Camcorders.