The solution is a directive-compliant food production that guarantees process reliability as well as maximum efficiency and quality. Whether metal detection or X-ray inspection - new software developments ensure that production machines always work flawlessly and reduce product waste. Moreover, thanks to the paperless documentation in the machine, you are optimally protected from tampering thanks to seamless monitoring and documentation.
Quality control in six steps for the greatest possible detection accuracy
For you, as a food manufacturer, product quality and productivity is a top priority. In addition, you are required by law to comply with a whole range of food standards.
For inspection systems to function reliably, quality controls must be carried out regularly. Partners for inspection systems can support you in this: from advice on the selection of the right device to its functional testing on the basis of test bodies in actual production operation, in addition to an annual maintenance which includes issuance of a certificate.The following six steps guarantee the best detection performance of inspection systems and directive-compliant production in the food industry:
But how can you guarantee that the quality is assured?
The more quality controls, the better. In practice, this can only be implemented by means of automated software functions that take over functional tests of inspection devices.Read here which software functions these are.
Food safety knows no compromise and a seamless and efficient documentation is necessary. The following five software functions make this possible:
The regular execution of an audit routine, in which all steps are logged, is enormously important to ensure consistently high product quality. In just three steps - Request, Audit Check, Result - the results of the inspection of the concerned production step are stored in a logbook. In the event of an incorrect routine, the conveyor line is stopped.
The most suitable detection sensitivity for different foreign bodies is automatically determined by the software after the teach-in process and after changes and reliably meets customer requirements.
The sensitivity can be set to factory or audit standards at the push of a button to produce compliantly and, at the same time, to reduce the false rejection rate. Process stability is thus constantly maintained.The user can store in the system what is to be done in the event of non-compliance with the configured sensitivity prediction whether a warning message or even a stop of the production line.
The detection performance of
the inspection system is continuously monitored, resulting in immediate
detection of deviations and increasing the stability of the production
process. This function works with a
two-step approach: self-monitoring of the detection unit and compliance mode.
Functionality in metal detection
The detector is controlled by an internal test signal, which is tuned to the product during the learning process. For easy and quick verification, the predicted power as well as the conformity values are displayed. As soon as the received information does not match the specific requirements, the system issues an error or warning message, depending on the configuration.
Functionality during X-ray inspection
The initial sensitivities are calculated directly after the auto train process and saved. The current sensitivity for stainless steel and glass are continuously and automatically checked after a fixed time interval. The sensitivity limits can be set manually. If the limit values are exceeded, there will be an error or warning message.
The Validation Process is a documentation tool and yields proof that the desired quality objectives for the respective product have been achieved. Based on multiple samples is ensured that the results are consistent. In this way, the metal detector keeps track and warn automatically if, before the next audit, a renewed validation is required.
The validation takes place in 2 steps:
A granted validation certificate of the manufacturer´s service is unique because it provides proof of the normal distribution of the tested product and another limit or control point for daily routine tests.
For all other existing
installations offer inspections systems´ manufacturers a Validation as a
service. The service includes
the preparation of the annual validation certificate and of a maintenance
report. Among other things, a repeat test of the probability of detection
(P.O.D.) is carried out at the most unfavorable point of the metal detector
using the specified test bodies.
While hi-performance detection systems have
traditionally met the prerequisites; with the continuous evolution of food
safety standards, just having the detection system is no longer sufficient.
Innovative software packages such as IVP and ICM automate the process, thus
ensuring the highest levels of food safety with efficient documentation and