Pork Processor takes full advantage of Canopy's integrated system

logo qsQuincy Street, Inc.
Doug Miller, Executive Vice President

Since 1995, Quincy Street, Inc. has been producing high quality pork products such as hams, deli meats, and breakfast and other specialty sausages. These products are sold to companies either under their own label or under a private label program.

Quincy Street, a fast growing company, is a great example of forward thinking. They understand that growth brings both challenges and opportunities. In order to stay ahead of the curve, proper planning is necessary, along with flexibility to add new processes and procedures designed to manage and encourage future growth. Quincy Street realized that good information is a critical element to defining your destiny. With this in mind, they engaged in an extensive software review. They elected to partner with Aspen Systems after determining that Canopy was the right product to facilitate their goals.

Aspen Systems worked with Doug Miller, Quincy Street’s Executive Vice President, to carefully construct an implementation plan for the Canopy software, which would be carried out under a multi-phased approach. The first phase was installing the Core Modules to provide the foundation that would control general accounting, sales, and purchasing activities. Benefits were seen immediately because of the validation of data from multiple departments being handled within a single system.

Labeling and Inventory control were the next areas to be tackled. Canopy was originally selected because of proven success in this area. With labeling of finished products being qs photo done within Canopy and real-time data captured at the moment of printing the label, the inventory became a trusted value. Products scanned for order fulfillment were now real-time rather than being batched. This resulted in the user being warned if they scanned a wrong product, or too much or too little product, with validation occurring at the time of scanning.

Things did not stop here because utilizing Canopy’s Production module was always a primary goal. Raw Materials are now being captured along with the finished goods that are made from these materials. Comparison of actual yields against standard yields gives an insight into how the production floor is performing on a daily basis. Traceability of products went from many hours of work to a few minutes.

Some of the nice features found in Canopy’s TI scale stations were added by Quincy Street. They streamlined processes such as deleting transactions and reprinting labels right at the scale without having to maneuver through the software. Security controls in Canopy allow companies to determine who has clearance to do this. Another feature they added was the “close pallet” feature. In product setup, products may be predefined with a specified number of cases required to fill a pallet. For instance, a standard pallet for a specific product may consist of sixty-five boxes. When the boxes pass through the TI Station to be weighed and labeled, upon creation of the first label for this product, a Pallet ID is created and assigned to each label printed. An internal counter keeps track of each box assigned to the current Pallet ID and is displayed on the TI screen as 1 of 65, 2 of 65, etc. When the 65th box is labeled, the Pallet ID is closed and a label is automatically generated. If perhaps only 40 boxes are remaining from a particular production run, the Close Pallet feature allows the scale operator to selectively close a Pallet ID and print a Pallet Label prior to hitting the product default of 65 boxes per pallet. As Canopy maintains active pallet details, the system will recognize that this particular Pallet ID only contains 40 cases instead of the standard 65, information that is vital for storage and tracking. The simplification of effort to close a pallet on the fly was a feature that was much appreciated by many of Aspen’s customers. Quincy Street joined the ranks of many of Aspen’s previous customers who have contributed to the overall benefit of the Canopy customer base.

Currently, Quincy Street can identify product cost and overall yields, and maintain full shipment traceability with automatic reporting. Capturing this data before Canopy was a long, tedious process of assembling data from multiple sources utilizing spreadsheets and assimilating all the information. Canopy provides all of this data in one system with flexible tools for extracting information in a variety of reports, which Doug can customize himself. Doug is currently working on new designs to capture more accurate yields and piece counts in the production area at the rack level as product moves from one process to the next. Knowing Doug, he will continue to find innovative ways to take full advantage of the power in Canopy.

The partnership between Quincy Street and Aspen Systems is one that brings benefits to both companies. Quincy Street now has a system that is providing their information needs not only to control their company, but also to drive their future growth. Aspen Systems is proud to have a customer that is helping to enhance Canopy by moving deeper into their operation, resulting in enhancements that provide future benefits.

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