The key to producing a quality product package is a perfect process and to replicate that process over and over again. Yet, how do you prove the process is within the boundaries you have set? Atlas Vac sealers have always provided process alarms within the PLC program to prevent discrepant packages outside the validated parameters. Can detailed historical data be provided? As always the details are in the data. We provide three data sets. They are: “Sealing Dynamic Data”, “Audit Trail”, and “Alarm History”.
Within the Sealing Dynamic Data file is information captured at the time of the sealing. This includes all key recipe parameters, User ID sign-in (optional), Lot # entered, tool nest ID, UDI, date, time, odometer reading, as well as the actual dwell time, temperature and pressure. If you wish to maintain productivity by using multicavity tool nests, yes, you can track individual items to each tool cavity. Traditionally, much of this output has been available on Atlas Vac sealers in PCL5 format to drive label printing. In 2017, this UDI packaging information (as scanned) is placed in a CSV file that can be extracted via USB Data Drive or FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and evaluated in Excel, or Microsoft’s new Power Business Intelligent for advanced analytics analysis. This information is available for printing of dynamic data on formatted UDI labeling.
Within the Audit Trail file is the key human factors. Who, what, when factors. Which person, did what, when. Items such as recipe creation, recipe loading and deletes, what individual parameters within a recipe were changed. All calibration information is captured and changes are recorded. This information is placed a CSV file that can be extracted via USB Data Drive or FTP (File Transfer Protocol) for secure storage and/or evaluated in Excel.
Alarm File information has been available on screen for several years. What we do with this information is a key factor to process repeatability. Along with the alarm description message, is the date and time, and the users name (if they are logged in). Each alarm is recorded into a CSV file for analysis. This information can be upload, via USB Data Drive or FTP. An exciting new feature available is the immediate notification via email or text message (separate SMS charges apply).