Basel, CH – December 2019

Implementing Meat and Fish Management to sort consumer eggs


In Q2 and Q3 of this year, SAP Meat and Fish Management by msg was implemented in three plants at Nortura SA in Norway to sort and package consumer eggs (sorted eggs). Nortura, Norway’s largest food supplier, is an agricultural cooperative that operates slaughterhouses and other meat and egg processing plants.


The flexibility of Softproviding AG’s software solution has proven itself once again, accomplishing the necessary tasks with no significant additional outlay, making use of Meat Management’s own tried-and-tested functions including Livestock Reception, Disassembly Order, Cut Lists, Process Data.


SAP PO interfaces to the MOBA subsystem (for sorting eggs) and the Kameleon subsystem (for packing and palletizing) were used in addition to our own programs. The entire process, from the reception of eggs through to the final reporting, can be covered in one network:


Reception of eggs

The pallets from the egg farmers are received via a user application (Neptune), generating the following objects:

  • Livestock reception per supplier
  • Inventory posting with tracking data (via the so-called process data)
  • Creation of pallet labels (PrintMonitor) with barcodes for the subsystem

Production – sorting

The sorting is mapped out using a disassembly process order with reference to a cut list. A cut list was created for each husbandry type. These serve as the basis for transferring the required target quantities from planning to the production orders.


The actual logic when it comes to determining the target quantity is covered by the planning stage, where the expected quantities are considered on the basis of the industry standards (laying performance and average egg weight per age of laying hens of the various supplying farms).


Integration with the MOBA subsystem takes place via an interface (SAP PO). This transfers the pallet-specific process number to the subsystem with the corresponding scan event of the goods receipt label. Once the pallet has been sorted, the classification data (weight and quantity per weight class) and the by-products are transferred to this process number.


A determination application is used to determine all necessary data and generate statistical process data (without goods movement), which serves as the basis for creating billing data. The tracking number generated by the subsystem (GSI 13 code) is stored in the corresponding incoming batch of unsorted eggs for tracking purposes.






Packing by the subsystem

Packaging is mapped out using a standard production order with BOMs.


The subsystem (e.g. Kamelon) transmits relevant quantities and variants (production versions, batch numbers) via the interface (SAP PO in this case). The determination of the corresponding packing order and the creation of the process data with associated goods receipt posting is performed via SAP Meat and Fish Management by msg.


Depending on the plant, the process steps (packing, palletizing) are generated as two different process data types with transfer to the warehouse system (EWM).




Since the subsystem does not send any data on the actual quantities of eggs consumed per weight class and the corresponding weight, these are determined using weighing strategies based on BOMs and conversion factors in the material master.


When you use the pair formation function, the missing

  • goods issue postings on the packing orders and the
  • goods receipt postings on the sort order

are generated as process data and posted with the corresponding goods movements on each confirmation.


Production – manual packing/repacking

For manual packing, a user interface (RAF) is used to collect the plant data. The pallet labels generated at goods receipt are scanned and the stock is posted to corresponding repack production orders. The new goods are posted to stock after the quantity or weight has been determined and appropriate labels have been generated.



With the help of RAF and EWM applications, the pallets are picked for customer deliveries and customer-specific labels are printed.



Invoicing is based on slaughter data records. A cockpit developed for the customer in advance provides the raw data (process data from sorting/MOBA). If the data from sorting is not available, history data is used as a basis and the invoice data is generated. In this case, invoices are prepared for each delivery.



A variety of evaluations were created for the customer with the help of the DPS Cockpit, for example

  • warehouse evaluation with information on age and average weight
  • scrap per supplier
  • sort quantities per day

Implementing SAP and SAP Meat and Fish Management by msg at the three plant has resulted in a significant improvement in production processes and traceability from the packaged egg to the laying operation. The availability of real-time data on goods movements and financial postings as well as the corresponding reports and KPIs also allow management to react faster to relevant situations.


With an increase in profitability and synergies for Nortura and its shareholders, the system landscape was reduced from ten to just three systems (SAP, Kamelon and MOBA).


If we have piqued your interest with this article, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Stephan Kronbichler (Business Development) for more information: e-Mail, phone +41 (0)61 508 21 42.