Integration between product inspection data and a cloud-based platform could provide food manufacturers with more transparency throughout the food-supply chain thanks to a new partnership between Mettler Toledo Product Inspection and EVRYTHING.

This industry-leading strategic partnership with the pioneers of the Product Cloud will provide food manufacturers, retailers and brand owners with an end-to-end traceability and food production reporting solution.

Having full visibility of all product data will help to identify ingredient and packaging issues early in the manufacturing process thereby facilitating product recalls and traceability to the precise location of substandard product in the marketplace for quick retrieval.

Together the two companies are positioned to further the digitalization of the food safety landscape. The joint proposition is achieved by Mettler-Toledo ProdX device data management software monitoring and collecting product inspection information in real-time. The software records all inspection activity from Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection systems – notably metal detectors, x-ray inspection, check weighers, and vision inspection technologies. This data can be integrated and modelled in the EVRYTHNG Product Cloud, applying a new level of data intelligence to advance audit, reporting and food traceability use cases for multi-stakeholder groups.

The integration of these technologies is aligned with the emerging digitalization programmes from food safety bodies such as the FDA’s “New Era of Smarter Food Safety”, and the GFSI’s “Race to the Top”.

EVRYTHNG co-chaired the GS1 Standards Development Working Group and contributed critical intellectual property that created the GS1 Digital Link Standard. This upgrades the traditional barcode used by two million manufacturers today, to make every product smartphone-interactive and web-connected.

“The digital transformation in food manufacturing is going to happen. It’s a question of when, rather than if,” says senior advisor Food Safety and Regulations of Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection, Rob Rogers.

“We want to help food manufacturers to embrace that transformation, by making it as easy as possible for them. The two major factors they will need to address right at the outset are the gathering of manufacturing data and being able to simply and efficiently deploy that data to improve food safety and supply chain performance. The partnership between Mettler-Toledo and EVRYTHNG is about developing and providing a robust and proven infrastructure to handle that wealth of digital data.”’

CEO of EVRYTHING, Niall Murphy, says the partnership will allow food manufacturers to extend food safety performance, and “take a leap into the future”.

“Food safety is a critical factor for all food manufacturers. Our solution will enable them to get ahead of the curve, by collecting and managing data for every individual product that comes out of their factory, in a way that is locked into already globally-accepted standards for digital track and trace,” he says.