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Benefits Of A Pharma Inspection

Most people who work in pharmaceutical companies understand the need for inspecting their products and labels to ensure that everything is right. If the wrong ingredients are displayed or they are not displayed correctly, patients could become ill. Those who are allergic to specific ingredients or who shouldn’t take more than a specific amount of an ingredient need to know exactly what is in your items, meaning a Pharma inspection may be necessary.

How To Do This

While you could hire more employees whose primary job would be to inspect labels on all prescriptions and cross-check everything, this can become time-consuming and may still cause errors. Human error is understandable, but inappropriate for pharmaceutical products, so it is important that you purchase the right equipment to inspect your labels. Special inspection equipment can standardize your results and put your mind at ease that your customers are being taken care of well.

Accuracy

Most pharmaceutical companies are putting out millions of their product each year to keep up with a growing demand. While this means progress to the company, it also increases the amount of problems with accuracy. As your company strives to fill orders as quickly as necessary, your employees can make more mistakes. In order to maintain accuracy throughout every batch, it is important to use pharma inspections during the process of manufacturing. Specialized equipment will help you to regulate your quantities and ensure high quality for each order, batch, and company.

Patient Safety

Patient safety is crucial because if someone gets ill or dies because of a mistake from your company, you could be liable. To avoid this problem, you must use the right equipment for every stage of manufacturing. You wouldn’t want your company to be the reason that someone died or became injured, nor would your employees want to work for a company like that. Therefore, it’s important to pay close attention to QC and QA.

Choosing The Right One

When choosing the equipment to use, you will want to find a company that offers the best technology. You will likely need specific items with exact specifications, so you may need to consider a company that manufactures customizable equipment so you get what you need. For instance, equipment can include semi-automated, manual or fully automated options. Manual options may work well for those companies who produce small amounts of product while fully-automated ones will work better for faster results.



November 2015 Monthly Focus: Guardian LSI and Esko

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PC Industries is always working hard to make sure that our customers get the most cutting edge quality inspection systems. In early 2015, we introduced our newest product, the Guardian LSI. It is an economical, full web inspection solution for companies with basic print inspection needs. If you’re looking to add inspection on your press or rewinder, but don’t really need all the power of a full suite of inspection tools, then the Guardian LSI is for you. To learn more about this system, click here.
 
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Guardian OLP ESKO Integration

The Guardian OLP, PC Industries’ easy to use offline inspection and pdf proofing solution, now integrates with the Esko workflow to make your pre-press inspection even easier. With the ability to automatically locate important features directly from the customer approved PDF, the Guardian OLP lets you easily make sure that you’re sending only the best files to press. Reduce waste, reduce liability and increase your bottom line with the Guardian OLP for pre-press proofing and press sample inspection.
 

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LabelExpo Brussels 2015

PC Industries enjoyed record attendance at our booth at LabelExpo in Brussels. We demonstrated our flagship Guardian Inspection Systems®, along with our Graphic-Vision® 500 Series Web Viewers and GV-Spectro Digital Web Viewer with In-Line Spectrophotometer. Offering complete inspection solutions from pre-press through shipping, PC Industries has the most comprehensive line of easy-to-use inspection systems for every printing, labeling, converting, packaging, and security inspection need
 
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November InfoBYTE

Each month we present a new bit of trivia that we call an InfoByte. You can check out previous InfoBytes in our newsletter archive.

This month, enjoy a few trivia items about food packaging!

  • Del Monte was the first major food processor to adopt nutrition labeling on all its products. This was 19 years before the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act was passed in 1990. (Source 1, Source 2)
     
  • Found in 1867, the Speyer Wine Bottle is considered to be the world’s oldest bottle of wine. It was dated somewhere between 325 and 350 AD (Source)
     
  • The freezing process used to package modern frozen dinners, quick freezing,  was invented in 1924 by Clarence Birdseye (Source)

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Why You Need A Printing Inspection System

If you own a business that prints anything for their company, you need a printing inspection system. Most companies will print items in bulk to save time and money and will likely have their own printers. Most people think that after printing out the initial copy and proofreading it, they should be able to print out as many as they need without checking any others. However, this can be problematic, especially if you are using an offset print method, where the image is transferred from plates to rubber blankets before being printed onto the surface of your choosing.

QA and QC

Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures are a necessary part of any business or industry. These procedures will typically include manuals that are meant to be used for every aspect of the manufacturing process. They can also be used to trace the problem back to its source, making it easy to find broken equipment.

Offset print options can be helpful for companies, but the ink has to be placed on the web correctly. It should also be noted that the printing press will be working at high speeds, meaning there could be more room for mistakes over time. An inspection system can help you so that you or another employee isn’t standing there checking every page for errors.

Technology

These inspections rely on cameras within the press that are computer controlled. Any problems are instantly noted and relayed back to you or another trusted employee. The software can also be used to make decisions on how best to fix the problem, including warning you or other employees, shutting down the process or something else.

How To Find

When searching out this type of system and technology, it is important to understand that not all systems are created equal. Some are more accurate when the press is running slower or doing smaller batches while others are most accurate when the press is going at full speed. The software will typically offer various features, as well, making it important to pay attention to the details.

If your inspections aren’t high quality, you run the risk of getting inconsistent results, so it is important to find something that will fit your needs.

While it can be tempting to stick with manual inspections, a computerized system may be more beneficial, as your employees can work on more important tasks.



Benefits Of Label Inspection Systems

If you are like most companies, you rely heavily on labels. Whether you manufacture food, toiletries or any number of products, you need to have proper names on them, telling customers what they get. However, it is also important that these labels be accurate, meaning you may want to consider label inspection systems for your manufacturing process. There are many problems that the system can help with, including validation, presence and more.

Validation

In many cases, you will want to use two labels for each product for the back and front. Many times, these can get mismatched, causing more problems because the open flap is likely going to be facing the new back of the product. Inspections can reduce this problem.

Present Labels

Most production companies find that some of their bottles may be missing their labels entirely, which can cause some problems. First, you may produce multiple items, causing you to not know which product you have. Other times, you may not even notice until it is shipped and returned.

Detection of Dog-ear Labels

Dog-eared labels are a problem with many production companies. You are working at a high speed to get them all marked and sent to the stores, which can cause the labels to be placed improperly. This may not seem like a problem, but the labels could be torn off completely or become stuck to another product.

Alignment

It is a fact that customers dislike it when labels aren’t affixed properly. This can include the labels being dog-eared, misaligned, the front being placed on the back and more. Whether you have wrap-around labels, front and back labels or just one on the front, it is important that it be aligned with the box properly to look its best, so customers want to purchase them.

Correct Labels

Missing information is the number one problem that most production companies face. Label inspection systems will ensure that your labels are correct from the top to the bottom. This can include spelling mistakes, mistaken dose amounts and other potential problems. This way, you don’t have to remake all the labels and go through the process again.

Barcodes

Cashiers and customers alike will thank you for taking the time to check labels for proper barcodes. It can be extremely annoying when the barcode is wrinkled, printed at a severe slope or missing from the product, which can also lead to traceability problems, rejected shipments and more.



Why Your Business Needs To Consider Defect Detection Systems

Defective products can cost people their lives, can cost the company who manufactured the items to be held liable and can be dangerous for business. Whether or not a person dies because of a defective item that you made is not the problem. Any product that doesn’t do what it is supposed to could hurt your company’s image. Therefore, it is important to ensure that every product works correctly before it leaves your facility. In order to check each product, it may be beneficial to use defect detection systems.

What It Is

The various options available in this system option is vast, but you should have some software and a reporting device. In many cases, this is a computer. The computer is set up with the software, which checks the items for defects. If an error is noticed, the computer may sound an alarm, shut down production, or just tell you of the problem so you can work towards fixing it.

Safeguard Your Business

Everything you have worked for and achieved is probably tied up with your business so if your business goes down, so do you. Therefore, it’s important to have safeguard practices in place to ensure that your company runs smoothly. This can include many things, but should include defect detection systems, which can protect you from lawsuits and other problems.

Stay Compliant

Almost every industry has specific compliance issues that must be upheld. This should include password protection, only allowing specific employees to deal with the software and more. You should offer specific protocols for situations, have appropriate systems and software to help reduce the risk of defects and problems. Make sure you and a few other trustworthy employees understand the compliance issues within your industry and follow them thoroughly.

Other Defects

Defects don’t just occur in or on your products. If you have a particular mixture for glass cleaner and you put too much of one ingredient or not enough of another, you have a defective product. If your containers are meant to be cylindrical, but they are coming out circular, you also have a defective product.

However, defects can also occur during the printing phase. It is important that chemicals be labeled appropriately with warnings and advice for poison control. Likewise, it is important that medications or supplements provide the right ingredients and dosing amounts. Any defects can cause severe problems, so it is important to find them immediately and fix them.



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