Pasta Traceability app:

Pasta Traceability app for pasta manufacturing, wholesale, retail: full pasta Traceability solution. Pasta quality checks, consistent pasta quality.

Pasta Traceability app:

Pasta Traceability app for pasta manufacturing, wholesale, retail: full pasta Traceability solution. Pasta quality checks, consistent pasta quality. 
Pasta Traceability app
Pasta Supplier Traceability & management

The Challenge
For manufacturers, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the numerous processes that have to be managed on a farm and communicate their product quality to customers at the same time.

Besides having to adhere to strict quality standards, they’re also competing for consumer attention against other brands.

The Solution
The producer used the Enismaro farm management suite to record data regarding crop activities, digitize the treatment log, make analysis reports, and get treatment recommendations.

Treatment registry
Pesticide database
Field management:
Analysis Report
Treatment Advice
Involvement of multiple actors (multi-company)
Complete supply chain traceability
Then, using the collected traceability data, Enismaro created ‘Digital Twins’ of products, applying blockchain to the production events and encrypting all this information into a QR code.

The factory also found a new use for the QR code in their B2B sales process. The ability to scan the code for real-time information during sales negotiations allowed buyers to immediately verify the accuracy and transparency of the supply chain, increasing their confidence in the product.


Pasta Traceability app
Pasta  Traceabilitys during production
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This paper analyzes different facilities useful for pasta industry. These proposed topics are studied during the development of a research industry project involving the design of tools suitable for production sensing and actuation processes allowing automation. After a discussion about architecture design containing facilities, the attention has been focused on production traceability, image vision quality inspection and predictive maintenance. The predictive maintenance has been implemented by an artificial neural network algorithm able to predict humidity in a controlled environment. The proposed model is suitable for Industry 4.0 implementing internet of things -IoT- devices. 

Pasta Traceability app
Pasta  Traceability & management

Picture yourself twirling your fork through perfectly cooked strands of spaghetti, with the tanginess of the tomato sauce and seasoning hitting soprano as you take the first bite in. The next bite brings in more twirls, more pasta. By the time you dig your fork for the third time, all the remaining strands seem like a single bite. There’s little to the art of eating pasta then, and more to feasting on it.

From linguine to penne and from lasagne to pastina, pasta has been a staple of Italy, becoming a major epitome of its culture. TheVibe delves into its evolution, from origins to shapes and the cooking specs:

Digging into the past(a): Is it originally from Italy?
The Italian cuisine forerunner is said to find its ancestral roots in Chinese noodles. Marco Polo, the famous explorer is often hailed for bringing pasta to Italy. But historians point out that there is no trace of pasta in his famous travelogue, “Travels of Marco Polo”. Food writer Swayampurna Mishra explains that a few historians say that Polo couldn’t make it to China. “Instead he retold the Arabs version of China when he visited Persia (sic). Pasta on the other hand is supposed to have originated in Sicily in 1154 AD”, she adds.

The Arabs have often been accredited for bringing pasta to Italy, as they forayed into Sicily. They were also the first ones to use dried pasta, so that it could be preserved for a longer time.

Shaped to perfection
From long strands of fork-wrapping spaghetti, to mini forms called pastina, there are more than 350 pasta shapes that have been documented. Each size, curve, and texture dictate the flavours of a pasta dish, rendering dynamic versions and recipes, and giving room for experimentation. For instance, Orecchiete is a pasta type that is typical to Southern Italy, and literally translates to “small ears” owing to its folding shape. The curve allows bold flavours to infuse well, and tastes heavenly when paired with meat. It’s often paired with broccoli sauce, which makes for a striking, flavourful dish.

Some of the popular long pasta (pasta lunga) savoured across the globe include:






And, popular short pasta (pasta corta) include:






The part in a pot: Cooking pasta
Modern pasta is prepared essentially from durum wheat flour (the hardest wheat flour), which is usually kneaded with water. “It can be made with flour from other cereals or grains and eggs may be used instead of water,” Swayampurna says. She also informs, “The technique for cooking pasta is the same, only the time differs. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it. And add the pasta!” The Italians prefer their pasta cooked al-dente (Italian for ‘to the tooth’)- a midway between brittle and soft.

The shape and size are two definitive factors when it comes to cooking pasta. “Something thin like angel hair or spaghetti takes a lot less time than a harder or pinched variety like fusilli or penne. Shorter pasta like farfalle will take 11-15 minutes to cook; elbow macaroni is done in 8-10 minutes.” Another important element when it comes to the time taken to cook pasta is its age. “Dried pasta takes longer, while fresh pasta will cook very quickly!”

Whether it’s a lazy Sunday brunch or a perfectly planned dinner date, pasta can perhaps never go wrong. Which is your favourite pasta dish? Let us know in the comments below!

Pasta Traceability app
Pasta factory hygiene checklist

Pasta Concepts is a supplier of frozen pasta products to food retailers across the UK, part of The Culinary Food Group, Ireland and the continent. Following its Access ERP implementation, the company has achieved greater traceability, improved resource planning and reduced its manual processes which combined, have decreased overheads by 10%.

Growing Pains
Established in 1996, owned by the Queally Dawn group, Pasta Concepts found itself facing typical growing pains as it made the transition from small to medium-sized business.

While it experienced the obvious benefits of being part of Ireland’s largest privately-owned agri-food company – such as the acquisition of new customers and an increase in capital – this growth also introduced new levels of complexity into the business. An increasing amount of regulation, (such as retail audits), expansion of facilities, movement into retail sector and demand for ever sophisticated products were key factors that prompted the move from a basic accounting system to a fully functional ERP solution.

Having considered several vendors, Conor McGarry, Financial Controller, was particularly impressed by the Access ERP solution.

“The consultancy was also of an excellent standard; their people convinced me that they really understood our business needs.”

Demand for information
Like any responsible food manufacturer, Pasta Concepts wanted to be sure that they’d be able to meet requests for detailed product information – enabling them to deal confidently with, for example, product recalls or retail audits. While all the relevant information was meticulously documented within the previous set-up, a lack of integration made it time-consuming to manage and difficult to extract.

Take the company’s new product development process. This centres on a large number of internally produced templates termed NPDs. Each contains a mine of information, collecting everything from detailed ingredient/ recipe data to packaging specs, plus all the associated QA information such as test results, chemical analysis and nutritional information.

On the old system, this documentation was created by separate teams and re-keyed. Not only was managing this amount of data becoming cumbersome (each works order could have around 10 new product development documents sheets associated with it); the process was open to the risk of data duplication and errors that could impact the quality of the overall product.

In addition, a lack of integration on the stock/warehousing side of the business also meant that analysis e.g. finding out which pallets were despatched on a given day, was time-consuming and never fully up-to-date.

To create visibility across the business, Access centralised all this information, integrating, for example, hand-held barcoding scanners, NPDs and stock data
with the central accounts.

By linking these different sources, Conor and the rest of his team can now see, in real-time, the full chain of events from initial order through to despatch to retailers. Access then implemented a number of tools to improve overall planning and design processes. This has had several key benefits.

MRP (Material Requirements Planning) Pasta Concepts has carved itself a niche in bespoke product development; this comes with the challenge of meeting turnaround times of around three weeks (as opposed to their competitors’ six). Access implemented the MRP functionality to help the company increase margins on new business.

Conor continues,

“The challenge is getting the right products into a very small buying window – the work itself typically begins as much as two years’ in advance and encompasses lots of product trials and modifications."

"What the new system has done is provided us with the systematic approach we needed. Access ERP gives us definitive lead times so we can say with confidence that we’ll deliver on time.”

Product design
A second challenge is creating similar-yet-different products.

“Naturally, competing customers don’t want the same products on the shelves – we never end up selling the same things twice,” says Conor.

“Previously, product configuration could take some time as we’d have to start each order from scratch. Now the NPD dept has the potential to configure new and similar products using information that’s already in the system. It’s made things a lot simpler.”

The functionality in point is Item Definition – part of the software that enables Conor to translate customers’ requirements into accurate product definitions, based on how the product is made, its materials, lead times and other required resources.


Merging the NPD information along with the warehousing and stock side of the business has given Pasta Concepts the end-to-end traceability they needed.

“I’m confident that the information we’re using is accurate and up-to-date, and it’s much more accessible,” says Conor.

“Say I wanted to find out what was produced on a given day, with full detail of batch and serial numbers. Previously, this would have taken hours - now it’s there at a click of a button, which is good to know should we need to recall products for example.”

Tangible benefits
“I’m very happy with our Access ERP solution. It’s increased visibility, traceability and by eliminating manual processes, has given us the potential to cut overheads by 20%. And I’m delighted to say that we’ve already realised 10% of that.”