Most machine validation procedures require personnel to stop the line so they can put in all the necessary information and run the contaminant cards. Although everyone intends to run the validations, the extra work for the operator and the time lost for production motivate all parties involved to never run them in practice. Although inspection machines are typically resilient and will usually prevent this practice from causing serious damage, it is not ideal. DSO’s automated validation process can help prevent a recall at most, and at the least will spare you from breaching contract and will save your personnel the time of retroactively “logging” all validations at the end of the period.
With DSO, operators simply enter validation mode (if applicable) and scan the barcode on the contaminant card. All the operator has to do is run the cards and DSO logs contaminant, size, product, time, user, and all other information required.
What are machine validations?
Just like a scale gets out of calibration and needs to be “tared”, most types of equipment need to be balanced time-and-again. Machine validation is the process of running a certain type of contaminant of a certain size through a machine to make sure it gets rejected. This contaminant is usually affixed to a card and run underneath a unit of product for the most real-life simulation possible. This process is used for x-ray, metal detection, and check-weighers.
Why do we need to log validations?
Aside from wanting to make sure your equipment is in calibration, it’s necessary should you need to defend yourself in court, and buyers often require it.