News | May 8, 2014

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection And GE Intelligent Platforms Announce Strategic Partnership At Interpack 2014

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Companies to offer food and beverage suppliers optimized solutions for manufacturing

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection is now working with GE Intelligent Platforms, a General Electric company, to provide food and beverage manufacturers with innovative integrated food safety and connectivity solutions. This strategic partnership will offer food and beverage manufacturers optimised product safety solutions, enhancing efficiency and productivity, while ensuring compliance with food safety standards. The first fruit of the two companies’ new partnership was launched at interpack 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany, 8-14 May – a new solution that connects GE Intelligent Platforms’ Proficy food safety software with Mettler-Toledo’s cutting-edge product inspection technology.

GE Intelligent Platforms’ Industrial Internet technology has been pre-configured to interface with Mettler-Toledo’s technologies, collecting food safety key performance indicators (KPIs) from product inspection systems throughout the production line, to be stored in one easy-access location. This enables manufacturers to view real-time data about the operational performance of their entire production process, giving them the tools to improve productivity while upholding product safety in line with guidelines such as International Featured Standards (IFS). Proficy food safety software is easy to integrate into existing manufacturing as well as product inspection systems, saving manufacturers time and cost.

In addition to real-time operational intelligence, the Proficy software combined with Mettler-Toledo’s product inspection solutions offer digitised reporting; eliminating the need for complex paper trails. Rich analytics and trending capabilities enable manufacturers to identify adverse trends in the performance of one part or all of their production line. It allows them to undertake corrective action prior to a problem occurring, helping to minimise maintenance downtime and costs. The system also offers exceptional levels of traceability so that manufacturers can demonstrate due diligence in the event of a product recall.

Jeff Bartoletti, Business Leader, Manufacturing Food Safety at GE Intelligent Platforms said: “By partnering in this way, we, at GE Intelligent Platforms, are able to combine software solutions’ expertise with those of our counterparts at Mettler-Toledo. It allows us to further support manufacturers by providing a complete holistic food safety solution which facilitates food safety processes.”

Antonio Di Maria, Head of Marketing - Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection added: “As the food market becomes more and more globalised, it will become more common for manufacturers to operate multiple production lines in different countries. This poses challenges for businesses looking to optimise productivity at a local level without compromising on compliance with food safety guidelines.”

“Integrating GE Intelligent Platforms’ technology combined with ours will provide our customers with a panoramic view of their global operation. It will not only allow them to monitor product quality to help protect their brand reputation, but it will also enable them to identify the areas where efficiency can be improved. Such comprehensive monitoring is vital to ensure food manufacturers continue to meet industry challenges, operating costs and ever changing food safety standards.”

About Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection
Mettler-Toledo Safeline is the world’s leading supplier of metal detection and x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Together with Garvens Checkweighing, CI-Vision and Pharmacontrol Electronic GmbH (PCE), Mettler-Toledo Safeline forms the Product Inspection division of Mettler-Toledo.

Mettler-Toledo develops, produces and markets precision instruments worldwide. The company is one of the largest suppliers of weighing and quality control systems in the world, whose products are used in laboratories as well as industrial processing and food retailing applications. Renowned producers of all conceivable everyday products rely on Mettler-Toledo's technology as an important aid to delivering consistent product quality and innovative developments. These producers reap the benefits of the company's global presence and sales and service network.

Mettler-Toledo's corporate philosophy centres around high-quality standard and tailored solutions. The company forms a true partnership with its customers providing support during the selection of appropriate systems and working together to develop unique solutions which increase process efficiency, reduce overall manufacturing costs and improve competitiveness.

For more information, visit http://www.mt.com/productinspection and www.ge-ip.com.

SOURCE: Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection