February 10, 2010
Gainco introduces QA system for poultry processing
Gainco, Inc. has introduced the new QAS quality inspection system for in-process inspection of poultry products to assure the processed products are conforming to exacting customer specifications.
The new QASTM quality inspection system delivers benefits including real-time data collection and reporting; improved efficiency from the reduction of redundant data entry steps; a customisable system, and a paperless means for gathering inspection data.
With the QAS quality assurance system, weights are automatically captured and uploaded into the inspection computer. Dimensional and temperature inputs are captured via a computer touchscreen - so there is no need for paper logs. Productivity improvements of up to 50% are attainable due to the elimination of unnecessary paperwork.
Supervisors can monitor the networked inspection stations in real-time via an administrative PC, enabling them to know instantly the status of all quality inspections throughout the plant. Moreover, the QAS system's real-time reporting capabilities means that inspection reports are available immediately.
The system is designed to be user-friendly, and managed entirely by the customer. A quality supervisor or system administrator can configure new inspection tests and reports easily and effortlessly without the need for special programming knowledge. Operators can interface with the system using graphical icons and multilingual capabilities. All data is available in spreadsheet format for timely feedback to internal or external suppliers or customers.
The system can be customised for the needs of any individual poultry processing plant, and it can be configured to gather various data. In addition, the system is highly suited for in-house quality assurance checks such as piece weight and dimensional measurements, periodic yield monitoring for injection or batter/breading operations, and trim quality.
The system's heavy-duty construction stands up to fluctuating hot/cold temperatures, humidity and daily high-pressure chemical wash-downs. All electronics and other key components are environmentally protected to increase parts longevity and reduce the need for maintenance. The equipment's frame design leaves no place for food debris and bacteria to hide or for water to collect, resulting in better sanitation and improved food safety.
Another key operating feature of the QAS quality assurance system is the DataMan Data Collection System, a combined software/hardware solution that allows for the integration of all remote units on the production floor. Raw data can be made available throughout the plant network as well as across the corporate network. The data can also be moved to popular databases such as Oracle, SQL Server and DB2.
The QAS quality inspection system from Gainco can be integrated easily and seamlessly into existing poultry processing operations.