GAO RFID Dry Pasta Manufacturing Asset Management Solution

Confidently Manage All Your Pasta Manufacturing Assets

This RFID asset management system allows for complete management of your pasta factory assets by equipping an employee to track all tagged assets by walking around the factory with a handheld computer with an RFID reader.

What the GAO RFID Dry Pasta Manufacturing Asset Management System Tracks

Our RFID system can track all pasta factory assets including:

  • Extruders
  • Dough Mixers
  • Refrigerators
  • Ravioli benches
  • Pasteurizers
  • Electric cookers
  • Automatic notching machines
  • and more

By attaching an RFID tag to each asset, an employee can track each asset, within range, with a handheld RFID reader.


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The Dry Pasta Manufacturing Industry

Dry pasta manufacturing is a sub-industry of the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Dry pasta manufacturing includes a myriad of products that are listed as pasta. Pasta products are defined through its process and mixture of flour, eggs, and water. Pasta can come in any form of shape, size, color, or consumption method. It can range from the simplest ready-to-eat meal to high quality, complex products for those who crave a true Italian experience. The dry pasta production process begins with the accumulation of essential raw materials, flour, eggs, water, sugar, and salt. These materials are added together and kneaded in large industrial mixing machines to create a dough. During this step, other ingredients may be added to the mixture depending on the type of product; these extras may include flavorings, such as tomato paste, basil, or spinach. Some pasta may be colored in a certain way to seem more appealing to different genres of the market. After the dough is mixed, it is sent to the rollers to be flattened and pasteurized. Pasteurization is done through a process of steaming and cutting the dough. After the dough is pasteurized, it is sent to different cutters dependent on the type of pasta the factory produces. There can be any number of pasta cuts produced at a factory, including spaghetti, rigatoni, penne, and others. After the pasta is cut, the final step is drying, the cut pasta is placed into drying tanks, where it sits until packaging. After manufacturing and packaging, all products are distributed to the next step in the supply chain. The products often end up at grocery wholesalers and supermarkets first, before they are purchased by the final customer, such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, or homes. The majority of pasta is consumed by supermarket customers and within restaurants or cafes.

The dry pasta manufacturing industry relies on the flow of supplies and raw materials to and from its facilities, much like most other manufacturing industries. Pasta production, though created in Italy, has been focused around Canadian and U.S. markets. More attention has been given to the production and sale of pasta products in the two countries than other places around the world. Still, a significant amount of the pasta purchased in both countries is imported from Italy, which still rivals them in both production and consumption. Canada is a large exporter of pasta products to the U.S. due to their similar market trends concerning the industry and their geographic proximity. The United States pasta market dwarfs that of Canada, which gives Canadian producers the incentive to export to the U.S. to grab some of the market share. Dry pasta production in the United States and Canada is dominated by a few major competitors like Mueller’s and Barilla, but many small regional suppliers also fill the market. Several technological advances help keep the dry pasta manufacturing market competitive. These advances include the ability to dry the pasta at extremely high heat, the ability to cut quickly, steam, and dry pasta to create quick-cooking products, thermal molding, and cool pressing.

United States consumers enjoy having a variety of options when it comes to pasta products, which creates high demand across the board. There has been a recent uptick in the pasta product market and it is expected to continue to increase in the coming years as populations rise. The expected increase is due to the inexpensiveness of pasta in supermarkets and its ease of preparation once purchased. Canada is also expected to have a larger stake in the market in the coming years as it bumps up production, exports to the United States, and as its own demand for pasta products increases.