Hi all, I am facing a dilemma at work. We bottle sauces in 5 and 10oz Woozy Bottles.
The speed of our line is 8 cases of 12X 5 oz sauces per minute. (about 2000 cs. per day).
The Bottles are placed on a turn table upright then fed to a bottle Blower machine that spins the bottles upside down then back to the conveyor belt upright, the bottles are passed through to the Automatic Filler/Capper then through an X-Ray machine.
This weekend a lightening storm damaged the motherboard on the machine and the manufacturers said that the board would not be received until November 15th more or less due to supply chain etc.
My Question is, is the X-Ray an absolute necessity to continue being HACCP/ IFS Compliant?
We have a backup plan of installing 2 light inspection site. One before filling and one after filling but before caps are applied. This is to check the bottle mouths. We redid the Hazard Analysis and considering slow speed and clarity of bottles are very confident that this would detect any broken bottles.
Chipped bottles at filling have been zero for the last 6 months. Also no rejected bottles with glass contamination from the last 5 years we have been using the X-Ray. Except false positives.
Prior to installing the X-Ray we had been bottling at this speed from 1981 and have had no problems.
Can you please give your thoughts as this is a subject we have been pondering over the years.