Seal of approval

Dudbridge, Michael (2015) Seal of approval. Food Science and Technology (London), 29 (3). pp. 21-24. ISSN 1475-3324

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Mike Dudbridge, author of the book 'Handbook of Seal Integrity for the Food Industry' discusses the problems of seal failure and best practice for maintaining seal integrity in food packaging operations. The perfect seal is one that carries out its function for the life of the product and both retains and protects the product to the desired level. The first step in seal management is to ensure that clear standards are set for the performance and testing of the seals being produced. The second step is to set up a testing system for seals. Robust methods of filling packs without contaminating the seal area are essential as seal contamination is the largest cause of seal integrity failures. The use and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures is important in the operation of sealing machines. Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM) is essential to the performance of sealing machines. Training of machine operators and awareness by junior and middle management is vital if seal integrity performance is to be improved.

Keywords:Packaging machines, Personnel training, Standards, Best practices, Food industries, Machine operators, Middle management, Planned preventive maintenances, Robust methods, Standard operating procedures, Testing systems, Preventive maintenance, NotOAChecked
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D631 Food and Beverage Manufacture
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D630 Food and Beverage Production
Divisions:College of Science > National Centre for Food Manufacturing
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Deposited On:01 Apr 2016 13:04

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