Why worry about controlling the amount of product you are giving to customers?
Why not just fill those jelly jars or wine bottles to the brim? On the other hand, maybe you could under-fill each, just a bit to stretch things.
Two great reasons why you may need to re-think net contents:
1) Client satisfaction – give the client what you say you will and you will have a happy customer.
2) You need to comply with regulations. This keeps you out of trouble, and avoids fines.
However, cost (fine) avoidance is not the only reason for implementing a net contents control solution.
With most of our clients, before we implemented our solution, compliance to FDA, USDA, CFIA, Measurement Canada and other international net contents control regulations was achieved by over-packing product – filling those jelly jars or wine bottles right to the brim with substantially more product than the amount shown on the label.
Regulations were met, but at a substantial cost – we find typically 15% of total raw material and production costs are given away – a huge amount!
Within days, sometimes hours, of implementing our solutions, giveaway dropped dramatically. We will talk about this in a future blog post – “Show Me the Savings” which will recount the real life achievements at one of our large clients.
At first glance, net contents control seems to be little more thanSPC(Statistical Process Control). While it is not only reasonable, but also advisable, to useSPCtechniques to control net contents, not everySPCsoftware package will fulfill the regulatory requirements of theUS. Moreover, Canadian regulations, being even more complex, place even more demands on the software.
Quality Integrators Corporation is an expert in net contents control. Not only have we implemented net contents control on over 1000 production lines, we have also written much of the generic net contents documentation used in our clients.
By achieving net contents control, our clients often pay for the system (including infrastructure, training, software, services, and even internal charges) in less than a year out of savings.
The solution is based on industry leading SPCsoftware products, which meet the criteria of having enough functionality to achieve complete regulatory compliance. They have many specific net contents control features to further enhance its applicability to this need. You can read about QIC‘s stringent criteria at www.qic-intl.com