'Quality Focus' Series of Documents
Communicate with your Glass Manufacturer:
Six EASY TIPS to prevent potential quality issues with your new bottle or jar!
Your pallets of bottles/jars have arrived at your filling plant! You are about to open the doors of the shipping-container with anticipation!! What could possibly go wrong??
If your Company is having a proprietary bottle or jar manufactured offshore, ensure you are involved with the development of the container BEFORE it starts being manufactured at the Glass-Plant. Follow these 6 EASY TIPS to ensure the glass-manufacturer understands your expectations, and to ensure there are no unexpected surprises when your containers arrive!!
Tip #1: Ensure the containers are ........
The Importance of the Depalletiser:
Five ‘BEST-PRACTICE’ Tips to ensure the integrity of your glass containers is not compromised at the Depalletiser
Where businesses are using automatic depalletisers or semi-automated depalletisers, a whole raft of issues detrimental to glass containers can occur. These can potentially cause major issues further down the filling-line, or even in the trade. Yet the depalletiser is so often deemed to be that part of the line that does not require too much attention – often tucked away from the remainder of the line – a place ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’. There are a large range of precautions that should be taken to ensure damage is not inflicted onto the glass vessels at this point of the line. Five important procedures are listed below that will ensure........
Critical procedures in the Filling-Hall:
Four CRITICAL Procedures that must be in place when filling Glass Containers
Your Company may have been filling glass containers for a long time, but even the most experienced fillers will get caught out by an event that was not foreseen, or an event that had previously not been considered a risk. Damage inflicted onto the bottles/jars by staff or equipment, glass fragments finding their way into the product..... There is always something lurking in the shadows of the filling-line, ready to rise and create chaos at the time we least expect it. Following the 4 simple steps below will help keep the gremlins at bay!
Tip #1: Ensure containers are Inverted and Rinsed........
Reducing downtime when Quality Issues strike:
Two Procedures to help minimise downtime on the filling-line due to quality issues with your bottles/jars
Should quality issues arise when running your glass containers, it may be necessary to stop the filling-line and assess the potential impact on the product being filled. The nature of glass often means there will be little room for compromise – particularly if the issue results in breakages on the line. Few plants can afford to simply wait for outside assistance – and when vessels have been purchased offshore, there may be lengthy delays in determining the extent of a quality issue. Some suggestions are provided below to help keep your plant moving whilst waiting for a quality issue to be resolved.
Tip #1: Use Pallet-Tag data to determine the extent of the quality issue.......
Traceability of bottles/jars into the Marketplace:
Procedures and ‘tips’ to assist food and beverage manufacturers trace defective bottles & jars into the trade
As with any manufactured product, faults can occur that can escape detection during the manufacturing process, and find their way into the trade. Glass containers are not exempt, and on rare occasions a fault affecting multiple vessels has found its way into the marketplace, ultimately being detected by the end-use consumer. It is encouraging to know that most glass-manufacturing plants invest significant funds into advanced automatic (and manual) inspection equipment - the benefits of which are proven by the limited number of recalls involving faulty glass vessels in relation to the huge numbers of vessels manufactured. However food & beverage manufacturers should always be prepared for such an event. By following the procedures listed below, plants will be able to better calculate the amount of filled product that might have been affected by a glass defect, and reduce......
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS FILLING IN GLASS CONTAINERS:
This edition of the ‘Quality-Focus’ series combines all FIVE documents into a single, easy-to-read edition specifically designed for FOOD & BEVERAGE manufacturers filling in glass containers.
The documents provide a unique insight into the lifecycle of mass-produced bottles & jars, commencing with their manufacture at the glass-plant, their progression through different sections of the filling-line, and their distribution into the trade. GLASSPLANT CONFIDENTIAL
has provided many ‘Best-Practice’ tips to prevent quality issues that have repeatedly plagued food & beverage manufacturers over time – often with serious consequences. Be sure to implement those tips applicable to your business to ensure the integrity of your product is not compromised......