UNLOCKING: Dairy Plant Liquid/Component Traceability

Keeping track of all your liquids and components throughout your dairy plant can be a daunting task. Planning and evaluating are key in discovering your plant costs and losses. Start with . . .

Dairy Plant System Study:

  • Evaluate your current plant processes for shrink and gaps
  • Assess plant manufacturing procedures as it relates to   personnel and other plant equipment i.e. scales, etc.
  • Review software systems and how they work throughout manufacturing
  • Provide actual costing of liquids and components analysis
  • Determine areas of shrinkage

Plan of Action:

  • Outline plant processes and procedures for tracking shrinkage and process gaps
  • Chart each manufacturing floor function and in the office for reporting, tracking liquid and component information through plant/warehouse
  • Define software and hardware shortfalls and propose solution
  • Consider software that provides liquid/component actual costing to ensure profit/loss accuracy
  • Summarize areas of shrinkage/loss, provide solutions controls to keep further instances from happening


  • Dairy Plant Shrink Project timeline and deadline
  • Outline and document procedures by manufacturing process
  • Train personnel in plant processes and procedures
  • Procure or update software solutions for costing and plant processes
  • Summarize overall profit versus loss the new project has delivered
  • Actively monitor the procedures and personnel to keep project on track.

Benefits of Dairy ERP Software. . .

  1.  Complete traceability of all liquids, components throughout from intake to retail shelf
  2. Accurate costing of your components and finished products
  3.  Distribution/Warehouse Control
  4.  Integrated Financials

DSI ERP Software Solutions is the key to discovering your dairy plant traceability and profitability. Tracing dairy liquids and components from milk or liquid procurement, plant manufacturing, warehouse and distribution through to your customer or consumer.

For more information about how DSI’s Dairy ERP software can provide total plant traceability, call Tom Filak at 262.723.5726.

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Actual Costing

Actual Costing Software for Dairy Manufacturing Plants

Actual Costing Software for Dairy Manufacturing Plants

The most accurate Dairy Costing System Available 

The dairy industry can offer unique challenges when costing components throughout the plant. Actual Costing helps you calculate accurate values on raw materials,  production formulas, computing variances, labor rates and figuring WIP from production runs through finished goods. DSI achieves this by tracking dairy liquids and their components through the entire manufacturing process, to provide the most accurate models possible. DSI's proprietary component tracking allows for components to be treated like attributes rather than item codes, providing more flexibility in how this information is captured and reported. For more information on why this is important, see our popular article on why traditional ERP systems don't fit the dairy industry.

Actual Costing gives you the reports necessary to calculate real product margins and how it will affect the bottom line. Costing models can be created for all types of manufacturers and will also hold true for customers that store or age products. This module is often brought on in stages with our customers starting out with standard costing, moving to a hybrid of standard and actual costs, and graduating to actual costing models over time. 

  • Tracks dairy liquid costs by weight, volume, and component
  • Calculates actual utilization adjustment based on actual raw milk usage
  • Allows for both standard and actual costing methodologies 
  • Maintains standard costs of raw materials
  • Uses production formulas to calculate standard costs of finished goods
  • Actual Labor and overhead rates by date within departments
  • Ingredients and packaging to calculate finished goods costs
  • Production runs/Finished goods costs
  • Recosting Comparisons
  • Allows comparison of multiple costing scenarios
  • User defined costing periods
  • Costing periods run multiple times
  • Recalculates production based on FMO announcements
  • Automated interface to Financials - General Ledger
  • Captures real time cost of goods sold
  • Provides detailed reporting of all costing areas