I see there are many threads on here already about positive release and product release in terms of the requirements, but I'd love to hear HOW it is handled. For a short background, I am with a company implementing SQF and we just installed our first metal detector (hooray!) that we will be considering a release criteria. This includes that I (Quality Assurance) must review the metal detection paperwork prior to release of the product for shipping. Wow, did I get the push back from warehouse and production because everyone feels this will take up "too much time" as they sometimes would like to ship same day as made. I've explained that Quality needs to be built into the lead times, but anyway... We still do mostly everything on paper and don't have an electronic method such as an ERP system to communicate release so somewhere, somehow, someone needs to verify the lot being pulled for orders is released.
Is there anyone out there who does it all on paper and has a good method for positive release of product? If so, do you mind sharing how you ensure product remains in house until all paperwork has passed, and how you communicate it?