Rosderra Irish Meats Group is the largest pork processing company in Ireland. The group processes over 1.5m pigs per annum across their two state-of-the-art processing facilities at Edenderry, Co. Offaly and Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. In addition, Rosderra have a specialty Meat Ingredients facility in Clara, Co. Offaly, a Pork-Curing facility in Jamestown Co. Leitrim, and a Cooked Meats facility in Stradone, Co. Cavan.
Rosderra approached Emydex in 2015 with a view to replacing their existing traceability and production control systems operating across the group that were approaching end-of-life. After winning a competitive tender process, Emydex was awarded the contract to supply a new factory floor data capture IT solution that operates door-to-door across the group’s four main operating plants. All production processes were to be covered including weighbridge integration, lairage, grading, primal deboning, further processing, packing, order picking and dispatch, as well as stock, yield management and traceability reporting.
Split into eight distinct project phases, the project also included implementation of Emydex’s Cold Store system into Rosderra’s Cold Store facility in Jamestown, as well as tight integration to third party warehouse management systems operating in external cold stores utilised by Rosderra’s production plants.
As part of the initial project phases, Emydex worked with Rosderra’s IT integration partner to build robust interfaces to the group’s SAP system. Integration points were built using AS2 and XML transfer files to allow Emydex to pull products, materials and customer files from SAP, as well as Customer Sales orders destined for both Rosderra production sites as well as 3rd party cold stores, and later to send updated Stock data back to SAP for stock valuation and available-to-promise purposes.
After completing the roll-out of Emydex’s Packing and Warehouse Management systems to Rosderra’s four operating plants in early 2016, the focus shifted to the Boning Hall operations in both Edenderry and Roscrea. These project phases included implementation of Emydex’s boning hall systems for cutting, boning, further processing, Yield Control. Yield Reporting from Emydex includes Carcass chill loss, Cutting yield, chill loss/cutting summary and Boning Hall yield reports.
Presently the project is in final phase, that covers the Abattoir operations at both Edenderry and Roscrea including a centralised slaughter plan and livestock appointments system, weigh-bridge integration, lairage bookings, bulk sequencing as well as detained and pig grading stations. Reporting will include a real-time slaughter line monitor program that will accurately display the status of the slaughter with analysis by lot. Slaughter line analysis can be displayed in both tabular and graphical reporting formats.
Commenting on the project, David McMahon, Emydex CEO said “we are now well into the final stages of a two-year Emydex systems roll-out across the Rosderra group, covering door-to-door processes as well as integrations to back-office ERP, 3rd party cold stores and suppliers as well as factory floor machinery. Looking back over the two years, the project has run smoothly. Both the Emydex and Rosderra project teams worked well together, to plan and deliver each project phase on schedule and without any major disruption to operations. Rosderra are now I believe reaping the benefits of having a robust factory floor data capture Production control system installed, with Emydex providing group and plant managers and supervisors with real-time and accurate reporting on their Production Yields, Stocks and Traceability.”
Louis Ennis, Rosderra Group Finance and Emydex project sponsor, added “Rosderra Irish Meats Group chose Emydex as an end to end solution to replace our legacy system. The installation which is currently on-going will be completed over multi phases across multi sites, with all implementations running smooth and minimum disruption to the business. The first implementation was the warehouse and packing modules and through added interfaces with our ERP system brought immediate benefit to the business through greater visibility on orders, improved data validation and reduced administration especially around our cold store loads where manual input has been greatly reduced. Overall the system greatly improved real time information and offers ease of use and improved flexibility when making changes”