The Potency of Sage X3 for Food Manufacturers

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In food manufacturing, the concentration of an active ingredient is defined as its potency and is usually expressed as a percentage of a batch. For example, a product with an active ingredient that has a potency of 75% indicates that the product is made up of 75% of that active ingredient. The remainder is made up of inactive ingredients or fillers.

Food manufacturers care about potency for a number of reasons. For starters, the amount they pay for their raw materials is based on potency. A higher potency of active ingredient typically equates to paying a higher price for raw materials. On the other hand, it can also means charging a potentially higher sales price.

But potency affects more than price. Recipes require a specific concentration of active ingredient. Food manufacturers must know the potency of the active ingredient so they can accurately adjust the concentration required for production of a given item.

Concentration adjustments in the production process are usually addressed in one of three ways:

  1. By using more or less of a material based on its concentration
  2. By adding some amount of a secondary ingredient to compensate for the active ingredient being over or under specification
  3. By adding filler

For a number of reasons, manufacturers don’t want employees to have to “do the math” and make these calculations manually. Sage X3 provides a better alternative. It allows users to set a target concentration of an active ingredient for a given batch. If the available inventory of active ingredient does not meet the established concentration needed for the recipe during batch production, Sage X3 will suggest adjustments based on the actual concentration of the active ingredient selected. It also knows if/how much of a secondary ingredient or filler needs to be added to bring the active ingredient to “spec.” Sage X3 automates this process and makes it easy for the manufacturer to balance the ingredients in each batch, ensuring quality, reducing waste, and lowering costs.

To learn more about Sage X3 and how its advanced features can help process manufacturers in the Food and Beverage industry, please contact us.