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Hillshire Brands Improves Yield with Manufacturing Intelligence Strategy

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Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Networks & Connectivity - Ethernet
Applicable Industries
  • Food & Beverage
Applicable Functions
  • Process Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Process Control & Optimization
The Challenge

Hillshire Brands's weight variance in one-pound sausage rolls was driving up product giveaway and lost revenue.

About The Customer
The Hillshire Brands Company is an American food company based in Chicago, Illinois. The company employs approximately 9,000 people.
The Customer
Hillshire Brands
The Solution

Hillshire Brands integrated architecture includes companywide standardized on the Logix control platform for scalable control, an EtherNet/IP network, FactoryTalk VantagePoint software and FactoryTalk Historian software. Software Components - Logix control platform - FactoryTalk VantagePoint software - FactoryTalk Historian software

Data Collected
Accuracy, Cost Of Goods Sold, Production Efficiency, Weight
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the weight of each chub, each batch and each shipment.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Engineers are close to a yield improvement of 0.1% within six weeks of rolling out the new system.

  • The solution can save 105,000 chubs per year and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost of goods sold.

  • Hillshire Brands expects their new information solution to reduce giveaway another several tenths of a percent, increasing yield by up to 0.5%, or more than half a million pounds of sausage.

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