CAT Squared, Conway, Ark., developed a blockchain app that combines the company’s manufacturing execution systems (MES) with IIoT technologies to manage plant-floor processes for food processing facilities.
By scanning a QR code on a package of product, consumers connect to high-quality consumer content and traceability data from the MES (as selected by the brand’s marketing team). Through stories and data, consumers can experience the care and quality of the food they are about to purchase. Manufacturers can also offer promo offers and provide opportunities for customer feedback.
The private blockchain also enables manufacturers to share select data with retail customers. A customized unification warehouse and API services application chains the right data from the MES to the QR code. Chained information along with data with more rigorous data requirements move into a private, immutable blockchain that the manufacturer can share with its retail and wholesale customers. This data allows retailers to perform mock recalls and query quality check data. The blockchain platform archives the data securely and proves the data provenance with time-stamping during storage, so it can be independently verified to consumers, retailers or restaurant chains.