Susan Day Cakes selects Sanderson to improve factory efficiency

Sanderson, the provider of software for the food and drink industry, has won a contract to supply its UnityF8 solution to fresh cakes manufacturer, Susan Day Cakes.

Susan Day Cakes is a privately-owned manufacturer of fresh cakes employing 150 staff at its factory in Hallam, VIC. The company supplies Coles supermarkets nationally as well as providing a contract manufacture service.

Susan Day identified that its existing disparate IT systems were inefficient, requiring a lot of manual input and unable to provide detailed planning and management information. The company will use UnityF8 to automate warehouse, back office and factory processes – removing manual input wherever possible to provide real-time business visibility.

In the factory, UnityF8 will record precise ingredient weights directly into its central recipe management system, by integrating factory floor weigh scales with industrial touch screen PCs. This will help to improve product consistency and reduce spoilt batches. By providing Susan Day with real-time monitoring of production processes, scheduling will also be improved – and UnityF8 will also provide ‘what if’ planning routines to improve the scheduling of promotional activity.

For warehousing, Sanderson Radio Data Terminals (RDTs) will enable stock information to be captured and accessed via UnityF8 real-time. The system will automatically generate Serial Shipping Container Code labels for both full and part pallet picks via the hand-held RDT’s.

Sales orders, Advanced Shipping Notices and invoices will be exchanged electronically with Coles, using UnityF8’s Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) functionality to directly send and receive them. This will increase Susan Day’s responsiveness to customer requests and minimise manual input, reducing the risks and costs associated with human error.

Anthony Vautin, Managing Director at Susan Day Cakes, explained:

“We were looking for an IT solution that offered more than back office data processing. I have a vision for a single solution that will interface with our factory floor equipment and provide up to the minute visibility of our operation with little or no manual input. Sanderson were able to demonstrate much of this capability over other software vendors and the ‘what-if’ planning enhancement will help us to respond faster during promotions.”

Mark Lofthouse, Product Manager for Sanderson, concluded:

“Our factory automation solutions further highlight our commitment to providing a specialist IT solution for the food and drink industry, and make UnityF8 a stand out choice for any food manufacturer. We look forward to working with Susan Day over the coming months and seeing the business benefits delivered by our software.”