GERMANY, Pullach and Quakenbrück. With last year’s introduction of the BFD-100, FreshDetect GmbH from Pullach, Germany, boasts the world’s first portable measurement device capable of detecting the total viable count (TVC) in meat within seconds. In a joint effort with SLA Software Logistik Artland GmbH from Quakenbrück, Germany,, the company has made another step in the direction of digitalized production.
As of October 2018, the fluorescence spectroscopy measurement results can be automatically integrated into any existing ERP system in real-time, providing significant benefits with respect to costs, food quality and consumer protection.
“Having information about the TVC improves food quality over the long term,” explains Dr. Christoph Wienken, Managing Director of FreshDetect GmbH. “Companies no longer have to wait days for the lab results. Instead, they can capture and analyze the results of the meat quality measurements in-house within a matter of seconds.” By capturing the data along every step of the manufacturing chain, the BFD-100 portable measurement device ensures a rapid and safe way to control food quality. Whether at the receiving, slaughtering or shipping point, all of the key parameters can be captured and stored securely, without the risk of manipulation, within just a few seconds.
The partnership between FreshDetect GmbH and SLA GmbH marks the next logical step in the development of the BFD-100. The FD Connector co-developed by the two companies now provides a way to integrate the measurement results from every step of the process chain into existing ERP systems in real-time. Apart from the aspect of secure and rapid data collection, users are also focused on around-the-clock availability of the data. “In these days of constant data flows, companies need intelligent systems that can make the measurement data quick and easy to analyze, especially at the relevant decision points,” says Jörg Brezl, CEO of SLA GmbH.
The next logical step is thus using the combination of the BFD-100 and FD Connector so that users can retrieve and visualize all of the data with browser technology from any place in the world and with any type of end user device, such as a handheld or a smartphone. This allows quality assurance managers and decision makers to respond as needed to improve the hygiene conditions across the entire manufacturing chain. Jörg Brezl: “This partnership not only creates transparency along the entire process chain and improves food safety for consumers, it also provides an ideal basis for making decisions at the business level.”
Last but not least, this joint development effort can be viewed as an important step toward digitalization of the manufacturing process, and thus to more intelligent and ideally harmonized processes. It will furthermore lead to better quality and lower costs – a win for manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike.