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Clause 6.3.4 - Procedure when monitoring devices are out of spec


Best Answer Tony-C, 08 June 2013 - 11:03 AM

Hello Everybody,

 

Could someone suggest me on writing procedure when measuring and monitoring devices are not operating within specified limits. 

 

We have 2 weighing scales with max weight 150 kgs and they are calibrated as well. We pack our product in bags of 25 kgs and 50 kgs and despatch them. Now as per the clause 6.3.4- I can't think of procedure when they are not operating, only thing i know is use the other one when one weighing machine is not working or call manufacturer to get it repaired.

 

Please provide any inputs, thank you in advance.

 

 

Regards

Karthik

 

Stop using faulty scale

Arrange repair

Quarantine product since scales were last known to be working correctly

Check quarantined product and make a decision based on your findings

Investigate further and decide 'root cause' and if scales should be serviced and/or calibrated/checked more frequently or if unreliable replaced

 

Regards,

 

Tony

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:17 AM

Hello Everybody,

 

Could someone suggest me on writing procedure when measuring and monitoring devices are not operating within specified limits. 

 

We have 2 weighing scales with max weight 150 kgs and they are calibrated as well. We pack our product in bags of 25 kgs and 50 kgs and despatch them. Now as per the clause 6.3.4- I can't think of procedure when they are not operating, only thing i know is use the other one when one weighing machine is not working or call manufacturer to get it repaired.

 

Please provide any inputs, thank you in advance.

 

 

Regards

Karthik


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:03 AM   Best Answer

Hello Everybody,

 

Could someone suggest me on writing procedure when measuring and monitoring devices are not operating within specified limits. 

 

We have 2 weighing scales with max weight 150 kgs and they are calibrated as well. We pack our product in bags of 25 kgs and 50 kgs and despatch them. Now as per the clause 6.3.4- I can't think of procedure when they are not operating, only thing i know is use the other one when one weighing machine is not working or call manufacturer to get it repaired.

 

Please provide any inputs, thank you in advance.

 

 

Regards

Karthik

 

Stop using faulty scale

Arrange repair

Quarantine product since scales were last known to be working correctly

Check quarantined product and make a decision based on your findings

Investigate further and decide 'root cause' and if scales should be serviced and/or calibrated/checked more frequently or if unreliable replaced

 

Regards,

 

Tony


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 02:47 AM

Just an addendum to Tony's post:  Immediately put an 'OUT OF ORDER. DO NOT USE!' tag on the defective scale.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:30 AM

You have to also traceout the time fram when that scale was not working, If FG already shifted in BSR of deliverred to the customer, d recall the product and check with valid scale.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:54 AM

Weighing Balances must be undergone daily challenge test against standard weights verified by external NABL accredited lab, at start of each shift & at least one scheduled monthly calibration or as & when needed. Whenever you found that there is a deviation between weight of standard weight & your scale do calibrate your scale.

Whenever you found your monitoring device is out of order & its malfunctioning you will have to quarantine all the materials passed with that faulty device till the last check...


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:01 PM

It would also be best to have a documented allowable tolerance. Something like ±10 g, we use ±.01 lbs here at our facility. As Ashish has said, it would be best to test the scales frequently and document those checks. Doing checks daily allow you to limit the amount of product you must place on hold for a determination.

 

Also, instead of using a sign that says out of order, I would place the scale on hold so it cannot be used. Placing the scale on hold with show that it's in your control and doesn't allow it to be used accidentally.


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