Every manufacturing process is comprised of a few basic elements: raw materials or ingredients; equipment, machinery or tools; and human input, action or programming. In the production of proprietary goods that adhere to specifications and applicable regulations, these elements must interact in a very specific, prescribed way. A recipe management system orchestrates this interaction.
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A recipe management system is a software application that manages the complex relationships and processes related to a company’s production recipes. They store the recipes, enable recipe modification, generate data required for production records, and even provide the ability to launch tasks and processes. Recipe management systems are most effective when integrated with a manufacturing execution system (MES) or other higher-level control systems. Recipe management can also be a module within an MES.
In manufacturing, a recipe is a set of instructions or steps needed to operate a machine, combine ingredients or raw materials in a certain way and in certain ratios, or otherwise process the materials to achieve the desired end product. Regardless of how complex or simple the manufacturing environment, whether discrete, process or batch, it is common to have a long list of component parts or ingredients, many pieces of equipment and hundreds of steps to follow before the end product is considered complete. Some manufacturing lines even switch frequently between different products; some require elaborate equipment cleaning protocols to be followed between batches; and most execute multiple batches on a given day – all of which must be coordinated.
Recipes are required for a production process to run. The right recipe can mean the difference between producing a compliant good on the one hand, and increased production costs and delays caused by rework, scrap and reduced throughput on the other. The right recipe management system can help coordinate the readiness and interaction of machinery, materials, workers and procedures in order to execute the recipe and achieve the end product as efficiently as possible.
The primary benefits of a recipe management system include:
MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence software is designed under the premise that process automation and system integration are essential for any manufacturer to reach its maximum potential through smart manufacturing and digital transformation. Based on input from industry veterans with years of collective experience on a manufacturing floor, MasterControl’s innovative new manufacturing solutions enable unprecedented operational efficiencies, whether as stand-alone systems or integrated with your existing IT infrastructure, including a recipe management system.
MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence allows companies to:
For more information about MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence and how it can complement your recipe management system, please contact a MasterControl representative.