Tasti's recipe for healthy growth with smart manufacturing solution

Rockwell Automation Australia

Monday, 26 February, 2024

Tasti's recipe for healthy growth with smart manufacturing solution

Since 1932, Tasti Products (Tasti) has been manufacturing food products at its Te Atatu Peninsula facility in Auckland, which has expanded over the years to support growth into new food categories and markets. The company now has 19 production lines — including muesli bars, protein balls and a broad range of snack foods — and a building footprint of over 20,000 m2 with further room for expansion.

Recognising that its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system could no longer support an expanding business, Tasti searched for a smart manufacturing solution that would allow the company to scale in size and improve the speed in which business analytics could be performed. The food manufacturer was searching for a solution that was cloud-based and could offer end-to-end digital transformation.

Plex, by Rockwell Automation, has been chosen by Tasti as its integrated smart manufacturing and business process solution. Tasti will migrate the cloud-based solution, implementing Plex ERP, including Plex’s MES (manufacturing execution system), to drive its New Zealand-based operations. The solution will provide it with a connected plant floor, digital product tracking capabilities and real-time data to support the company as it continues to grow and flourish.

“Tasti Products is in a period of healthy growth in New Zealand, as well as its exports to Australia and the USA, and we need digital technology that will set us up for future success. Plex gives us the automation integration, mobile connectivity, modular solutions and scalability that we need as we continue to expand,” said Josette Prince, Managing Director, Tasti.

“As a cloud-based platform, Plex enables future-focused food and beverage manufacturers like Tasti to achieve real-time integration, high levels of availability and flexibility, cybersecurity and scalability,” said Rockwell Automation New Zealand Enterprise Sales Executive, Plex, Michael Cahill.

Plex is a cloud-based digital transformation platform, encompassing ERP and MES solutions to help food and beverage manufacturers optimise their operations.

“Food and beverage manufacturers can — and often do — use different platforms for monitoring, tracing and tracking, but with the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform, all three work in harmony to provide real-time data, which can be used for genealogy reporting, recalls, audits and analytical insights,” Cahill said.

To learn more about Plex ERP, click here.

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