Loftus can support your old applications, help you replace them, and even develop new ones for you. We can support the entire business application lifecycle for our customers.
Menu Ordering System (MOS)
The Loftus Menu Ordering System (MOS) provides a secure means of logging food orders via an intuitive, web based interface. The system generates efficiency savings by simplifying meal ordering and conversion processes.
Initially developed for the residential aged care sector, MOS was developed to address a number of issues faced by the industry:
- Residential facilities (sites) typically order meals in trays from a central production kitchen. This means of ordering is not elegant as facilities must know tray sizes rather than order by serves, a more intuitive measure.
- Such facilities rarely have direct access to back end systems due to security and licencing implications.
- Production is not being optimised to minimise waste.
MOS comprises a secure, web application that enables facilities to order meals against a published menu.
The system also consists of a Serves to Trays algorithm that optimally converts ordered quantities into trays, of size A through F, for efficient production. The algorithm also supports tuning whereby extra serves of vegetables may be allowed to reduce total tray counts, for example.
Benefits of the Loftus Menu Ordering System
There are a number of tangible benefits gained from using the Menu Ordering System:
- Flexibility to publish menus that are tailored to individual facilities or sites rather than a single menu for all.
- Capability to lower production overheads. Specifically: labour costs in assembling, packing, labelling, and sending of trays. This leads to more environmentally friendly production.
- Efficiency through dispersing the workload of meal ordering to Servery Supervisors or other staff within facilities.
- Ability to further leverage investment in the CBORD Foodservice Suite (FSS) via integration with this system.
These benefits present real opportunities to recognise cost savings in your operation.
Developed in Australia, Exported to the World
The Menu Ordering System (MOS) was developed in Australia by a team of tertiary qualified and industry certified software developers. Notwithstanding its Australian pedigree, MOS supports differing date formats enabling it to effortlessly find home in Europe, the USA, or elsewhere.
The software utilises a standard Microsoft SQL Server database and .NET technology platform making it a ready fit with just about every IT environment.
Production Planning Scheduler
The Loftus Production Planning Scheduler enables commercial production kitchens to optimally organise the manufacture of long-life cook-chill food items. These kitchens can be typically found within residential aged care providers, hospitals, and schools.
CapKold stands for Controlled Atmospheric Packaging Kept Cold. It’s a system that utilises large steam kettles to cook food recipes and ingredients such as soups, gravies and sauces that are rapidly cooled then bagged for storage and later use. This, so called, cook-chill system enables extended life before spoilage. Some items produced via this means may have a 10, 20, 35 or even longer shelf life.
The Production Planning Scheduler was specifically developed to address a number of programming and management issues faced by production kitchens:
- The level of stock on hand and its age varies.
- Shelf life is finite. Unlike traditional manufacturing industries, food items spoil and do so over different life-spans.
- Production lead time may vary from item to item.
- There may be a batch size limit on how much of any individual food item can be produced in one day.
- There may be overall capacity limits defined by the number of kettles available to produce batches of items on any one day.
- From an HR perspective, not all days of the week or Public Holidays are worked.
Benefits of the Loftus Production Planning Scheduler
There are a number of tangible benefits to be gained from utilising the Production Planning Scheduler to help manage your cook-chill operation:
- Agility to dynamically meet demand and therefore reduce wastage or shortages caused by over or under production, respectively. This leads to a more environmentally friendly footprint and efficiencies that could lead to greater competitive advantage.
- Flexibility to vary menus more often rather than setting one or two fixed menus per year. An improved customer or consumer image is possible by offering more choices more often.
- Ability to redeploy administrative resources from production planning to high-value or revenue generating activities. This allows you to further leverage your human capital.
- Capability to understand situations where capacity constraints prevent demand from being met or stock shelf life is exceeded. In doing so, you will be able to explore the impact of adding an extra kettle, taking one out of service, working an additional day, and much more.
These sorts of benefits present real opportunities to pass cost savings through your supply chain.
The Scheduler operates in standalone form or in tightly integrated fashion with the Loftus Menu Ordering System (MOS) and/or the CBORD Foodservice Suite (FSS).
Why not let computers do the hard work so you can do something more rewarding for your business?
Developed in Australia, Exported to the World
The Scheduler was developed in Australia by a team of tertiary qualified and industry certified software developers. Notwithstanding its Australian pedigree, the Scheduler is configurable for metric or imperial units of measure and differing date formats enabling it to effortlessly find home in Europe, the USA, or elsewhere.
The software utilises a standard Microsoft SQL Server database and .NET technology platform enabling it to readily fit in with just about every IT environment. This also opens the door to further integration possibilities to further leverage its capabilities.
Loftus Clearance Data Exchange Service (CDES)
CrimTrac accredited agencies throughout Australia have a mandate to securely connect to the Federal Government’s National Criminal History Record Check Service using one of three connectivity options.
The preferred option for larger agencies (which carry out more than 1,000 checks per year) is an IBM WebSphere Message Queue Server which provides the messaging between CrimTrac and an accredited agency’s HR platform.
Loftus recognised the need to support agencies with both process and technical compliance software and developed the only commercially available application which meets both the business process requirements and the technical interface requirements of the IBM WebSphere Message Queue provided by CrimTrac.
Due to the popularity of the system, with more than ten large agencies using the Loftus CDES application, additional functionality such as reporting and automation of notifications has been implemented also.
Accredited agencies which use Loftus CDES benefit from automatic technical compliance with many of CrimTrac’s mandatory security policies and a significant cost reduction when compared with implementing an IBM WebSphere Message Queue and the associated software development to meet the business process requirements.