I’m looking forward to meeting with QA, QC, product development and R&D specialists from some of the world’s most profitable organizations at IFT2014 later this month. As they get ready to learn about the latest in product, ingredient and technology improvements, and how these latest developments will impact their business, I’m getting prepared to wow them with how our innovations in measurement instrumentation will help them realize their quality, product introductions, and profit goals.
With the weather now warming up as we get closer to Summer – it’s important to regularly check your grain quality. Any small change in moisture can be costly.
The amount of moisture in a product can affect various quality components, as well as transactions based on weight. When dealing in bulk shipments, even the smallest errors can add up to large profit losses over time.
Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” Product development, quality assurance and quality control specialists are trained to identify faults, ensuring the product meets both internal and external standards. While a myriad of factors can affect product quality, you would be hard pressed to find one that has as large a role as moisture in creating many of these ‘faults.’ But what is the remedy? A moisture meter, the right moisture meter!
As you seek to optimize production, there are obvious operational costs where efficiency must be assessed. However, evaluating rising labor, fuel, freight and materials costs is likely to reveal resources that have already been stretched to the max through unrelenting improvements to efficiency. Additionally, the value of purchasing a new instrument, particularly when the models in use are operating properly, may be overlooked by you and your team.
The right moisture levels at which to drain or harvest a crop varies from region to region and field to field.