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Partnership launches new software solution

Loma has formed an exclusive partnership with AutoCoding Systems to
develop a real-time data analysis tool for improved operational control,
efficiency and easy-access compliance reporting.

Launched to the UK market at Total, the new Ethernet PC-based software
system is designed to monitor the performance of multiple Loma
checkweighers and metal detectors; providing instant feedback across all
production lines in a central format. By consolidating accurate data in this
way, operators can identify and address inefficiencies quickly rather than
waiting for historical reports. This level of control also enables information
relating to contaminant detection rates, weight and overfill records to be
compiled quickly to show compliance with current legislation.

The availability of real-time data from Loma checkweighers is of particular
value in recording and tracking the cost of product giveaway per line against
baseline performance targets. Operators are able to adjust production
processes quickly; so ensuring product giveaway is kept to a minimum and
unit weight targets are achieved. This benefits food manufacturers’ costcentres
by ensuring compliance with the latest weights and measures
legislation at the lowest weight possible.

"By partnering with AutoCoding Systems, we have extended our capabilities
in data capture to offer customers a remote reporting solution based on the
latest software technologies, which can be installed on any production line
and has the advantage of ongoing specialist technical support," says Tony
Bryant, UK sales manager for Loma. "Our customers also have the option to
expand the scope of their data management solution via AutoCoding
Systems’ broader automation expertise across packaging line operations."
Whilst the first wave of effort has concentrated on Loma’s range of
checkweighers and metal detectors , the company’s x-ray inspection systems
will soon also be integrated into the reporting system – providing food
manufactures with a fully comprehensive data analysis tool.

"Importantly, the same software framework is suitable for our sister
company’ products and is the focus of the next development phase which is
already underway. Lock has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical
sector, so we will ensure the software meets and keeps pace with specific
manufacturing challenges in this area," explains Bryant.

"Together with AutoCoding Systems, we plan to continue to enhance our
software solution through ongoing customer feedback. Optimisation for the
various mobile platforms is also a key part of the strategy going forward," he
adds.

The new software system will be piloted with food manufacturers in Europe
prior to a global roll out later in the year.

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