Postharvest production control in Agriculture

From Hispatec we have improved one of the tools that we consider key in agricultural management: Warehouse Production Cost Control.

In an increasingly competitive business context, as is the case of the agri-food industry, this function is essential.

In the field, where thanks to the installation of sensors, substantial improvements are obtained in crop yields, or in transportation, through the use of intelligent systems that help to ‘track’ shipments, ensuring quality and improving delivery times. to the clients. This philosophy of improving productivity is transferred to the production plants.

In addition, it complements the work of solutions that we have for Preharvest and Mobility tools for field management.

These Postharvest systems, which are at the heart of agri-food digitization, allow the company greater control over the processes that take place within its organization.

In this line, we have improved from Hispatec one of the tools that we consider key in agricultural management: Warehouse Production Cost Control.


How does a module such as “Production Control” improve management?


We have expanded the capabilities of a tool that allows us to control both the presence of personnel and the different direct and indirect activities, such as the handling, packaging and transfer of goods that are carried out in a fruit and vegetable warehouse.

Its main manager, Juan Antonio Estrada Pascual, points out that the solution is a scalable control system in real time, which allows knowing the cost and the amount of resources necessary to produce a product, obtaining profitability from commercial operations, line yields of production, etc. The objective, of course, is to improve production processes, helping a more efficient and sustainable organization of work and resources.

Estrada, responsible for projects in the Hispatec Innovation department, has accumulated 17 years of experience with clients, mostly fruit and vegetable marketers.

Throughout his career he has been able to learn in depth the organization and management dynamics of these environments, as well as the possibility of extracting data from the different activities with the aim of improving economic profitability.

“The tool that we have designed what it does is obtain data on the manufacturing costs of the product, as well as determine many other variables related to the performance of the warehouse, all in real time.”

Based on this information, we can make decisions in a very agile way, both at a commercial and organizational level that help to better control and manage the processes that are carried out on a daily basis”, explains Juan Antonio Estrada.

To achieve this objective, the company relies on both direct production cost data – the personnel who work in the handling and packaging of the product – and indirect – warehouse personnel who are not in direct contact with the product, such as maintenance, cleaning , etc.

Human resources are controlled by means of facial recognition technology, RFID, etc., monitoring at all times which personnel are carrying out a specific activity in each area of ​​the warehouse.

Production is determined by the orders made by customers and based on them, the raw material is classified according to size, color and other characteristics, it is packaged in a certain format, with various components that give rise to a type of packaging. The same raw material, depending on said preparation, has a variable cost.

“Broadly speaking, it is like a great puzzle where we fit commercial orders, manufacturing processes and automated traceability in real time. The virtue lies in being able to monitor and take advantage of the information at various points of this matrix”, concludes Estrada.


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