22 Jul QA Data Collection – Sunk Cost or Gold Mine of Information?
There’s no escaping quality assurance in the food manufacturing industry. And rightly so: with the catastrophic effects of contaminants like E. coli, listeria and Salmonella, foreign materials from production equipment and undeclared allergens, it’s no wonder food manufacturing quality assurance teams across the world spend thousands of hours each year collecting, sorting and analyzing food quality data. But with the progression of technology, you can reduce the cost and increase effectiveness of data collection in your facility.
How Most Food Processors Collect Quality Data
Most food manufacturers see quality assurance data collection as a necessary evil and sunk cost. They are mandated to collect ingredient, equipment, process and environmental quality data, so QA and QC technicians are sent out into production, armed with clipboards and pens to collect data. When the completed forms are returned to the QA office, they are quickly checked for completeness to make sure the data collected is within acceptable tolerances, and then filed away.
The data contained on those forms is a potential gold mine of information. It contains long-term trends, statistical exceptions, seasonal variations and other valuable information that your production management team can use to improve production throughput, product quality and consistency, and increase yields.
Five Huge Benefits of Automated QA Data Collection
The problem food manufacturers must face to extract value from the quality data that they’re already collecting is to get it into a format where it can be sorted, analyzed, turned upside down and inside out. As technology continues to evolve, there are a number of tools available to automate your quality control data collection, giving you the opportunity for these benefits:
Are You Ready?
Food companies across the world must collect untold amounts of product quality data to ensure compliance with their local governing bodies, whether that’s the USDA, CFIA or others. But instead of simply collecting and storing that data to achieve the most basic form of compliance, invest in an automated data collection system to achieve benefits such as better data accuracy, time and money savings, higher compliance standards, real-time responsiveness and immediate information access. With so much to gain, this is a technology that is sure to drive a positive ROI to your bottom line!