The Role of Security Screening Equipment in Food and Pharmaceutical Processing
THE ROLE OF SECURITY SCREENINGEQUIPMENT IN FOOD ANDPHARMACEUTICAL PROCESSING
Introduction• Screening equipment is a critical element of both the food and pharmaceutical industries.• The finished products in both of these industries are held to the highest standards, and there really is no room for error during the manufacturing process.
Introduction• However, without the presence of high quality security screening equipment as part of the process, problems may arise that affect entire batches of product.• Security screening equipment helps enables a business to create its products without worrying about many of the issues that can affect food and pharmaceutical processing.
Non-Metallic Foreign Material• According to Quadro Processing Equipment, one of the primary issues that occur during the manufacturing process of food products is non-metallic foreign material. This refers to material that gets into the batch of product but can’t be isolated by using magnetic traps or metal detectors.• Without the use of quality security screening equipment, these foreign materials may end up in the finished product and affect both quality and safety.
The Problem with ConventionalSeparators• Conventionally, separators that utilize a vibrating action were used to screen out foreign material, but they take up a lot of space and pose challenges when trying to integrate them into an existing process.• It’s also tough to clean them completely, which causes problems when running different batches of product.
Quality Assurance Issues• One important role that security screening equipment plays in both the food and pharmaceutical industries is preventing quality assurance issues.• Food products have to taste a certain way and have a certain texture every single time, and if quality starts to waiver because of the security screening equipment, the situation won’t be a good one.
Quality Assurance Issues• When companies run into quality assurance problems, they inevitably lose money because entire shipments are held back, or they have to do damage control after a shipment has been sent out.• Either way, it isn’t good for the company’s bottom line or reputation.
Health & Safety Issues• What’s even worse for a company’s reputation is if health and safety issues arise because of the security screening of their product.• This is especially true of pharmaceutical products, as they actually have the potential to kill patients if the delumping process isn’t carried out effectively and the powders aren’t uniform when the drugs are made.• Safety problems also have the potential to result in lawsuits that could threaten much more than just the company’s reputation.
Decreased Sales• Of course, the end result of poor quality and safety issues is lower sales, which can cost a company valuable market share, reduce dividends to stock holders and cause employee layoffs.• In the end, the role of security screening equipment is to help keep the whole process rolling along without interruption and without problems to the final product.
What to Look For• Some things to look for with newer version security screening equipment includes: • Machines that can security screen and delump a product without reducing the particle size. • A wide variety of screens to handle different sized particles. • In-line design so it easily fits into any manufacturing system. • Easy to clean without having to use any specialized equipment. • Lower than normal power consumption. • Completely vibration-free.