• 27 FEB 18

    Four Ways That Digitalization Enables Packaged Food Conformity

    Digitalization of manufacturing systems across network infrastructures improve production line efficiencies and management control. Conformity of packaged food examinations can be streamlined across operations to achieve standarization of quality control parameters. Despite initial investment costs in advanced technologies, manufacturers will protect bottom line costs through significantly reducing production time and costs and facilitate business growth by ensuring repeated conformity of packaged products.

    #1 Real Time Data Collection

    In the event of a product recall, manufacturers and brand owners need to demonstrate that they have exercised full diligence to authorities. The most effective way to achieve this is from real time reporting of all conformity checks, from contaminant detection to closure integrity examinations. Reporting capabilities include recording the number of rejects, system locations, exact time, cause and, if using x-ray or vision inspection systems, supporting product images.

    Data collection and storage enables serialization and traceability to be highly effective. Quick retrieval of products is possible through uniquely marking each packaged product and identifying their whereabouts with intelligent traceability software. This is crucial when recalling non-conforming products.

    #2 Streamlined Quality Assurance & Product Inspection Processes

    Advanced data management software can seamlessly integrate all product inspection technologies. This enables central control of all operations, quality assurance examinations and monitoring of conformity data. Streamlining conformity checks helps to optimize production efficiencies through reducing administration time needed to program conformity checks on stand-alone inspection technologies. In addition, time and cost is saved by centralizing data analysis of non-conformity issues.

    #3 Connectivity

    Conformity can be sustained by the connectivity of applications on a production line using machine-to-machine communication. For example: an x-ray machine or checkweigher can communicate with filling machines to ensure that fill levels are kept consistent. If fill levels start to drift then the inspection system will register this and can automatically respond and readjust the fill levels back to within acceptable tolerances.

    Different configuration capabilities provide manufacturers with the option to add application-specific components where required, such as vision inspection technology. These are then seamlessly integrated into a production and IT environment via open interfaces.

    Connectivity enables the centralization of quality and production data from all production line devices. Management can easily access production systems and performance data from different locations either within the same facility or remotely. In the event of a conformity issue, the time needed to investigate and rectify the issue is thereby reduced.

    #4 Industry 4.0 Initiative

    Advancements in automation, through initiatives such as Industry 4.0, enable the centralization of operations and data collection to further improve manufacturing competencies across multiple production systems, all at the same time. This will mean that manufacturing systems can benefit from automating configuration requirements based on intelligent algorithms. Automation will further reduce production downtime therefore protecting bottom-line profits.

    To learn more about how manufacturers and brand owners can achieve conformity please download this white paper ‘Ensuring Conformity of Packaged Food,’ written by Daniela Verhaeg, Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection.

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