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Case Studies

MicroLog Solution – Monitoring Sausage Production


“The MicroLogPRO II devices provided us with an easy-to-use solution for carefully monitoring the temperature over time in the production process of our processed poultry products. Thanks to the MicroLog solution we are able to comply with the highest required regulations we are bound to as an exporting plant.”

Quality Manager, Manufacturing Company  

To ensure production of a consistent and high quality ready-to-eat processed poultry products and to verify that the process temperature-time is maintained at a sufficient level to eliminate pathogens. Producing plants ought to have accurate and reliable monitoring equipment, including data logging devices to assure that the temperature limits of these processes are being met.

Application:    Monitoring food production

Organization:  Processed poultry products production plant


Background:

Ready-to-eat processed poultry products (sausages and cold-cuts) are considered potentially hazardous food (PHF), namely food which requires temperature-time control to keep them safe for human consumption. The cooking and cooling temperatures during the production process of these products must be carefully monitored and controlled in order to comply with international standards and regulations (HACCP, ISO, GMP, FDA, BRC, FSIS, etc.), to ensure production of a consistent and high quality product and to verify that the process temperature-time is maintained at a sufficient level to eliminate pathogens. Producing plants ought to have accurate and reliable monitoring equipment, including data logging devices to assure that the temperature limits of these processes are being met. 

About the Customer:

A leading producer of high quality ready-to-eat processed poultry products under international quality standards. Their state of the art facility is fully computerized with all the production process monitored and controlled under the highest standards available. Over the years the company has developed state-of-the-art of technology, enabling them to provide chilled, sliced products which are kept fresh for a long period of time. The company employs 130 people and produces over 4000 tons of delicatessen meats and sausages annually, while over 1000 tons are for export to the Europe, USA, Canada and beyond. 


Key Customer Challenges:

As a sausage and cold-cuts producer, the company is required to cook its food products in ovens during the production process in order to destroy parasites and pathogenic bacteria thereby resulting in safe products.

 

The cooling process should also be carefully monitored and controlled. Time & temperature combinations must be used in the cooking, chilling and cooling processes.

  • The plant operates seven ovens and five coolers, meaning sometimes there are too many products that underwent the cooking process and are waiting for the chilling process. In this case, data loggers must be used in order to monitor the products after the cooking process to ensure that they have been properly chilled. Internal temperature should be controlled and reduced from 55 °C to 26 °C in no more than 5 hours.
  • The products’ temperature must also be monitored while being refrigerated to ensure that the internal temperature moves from 26 °C to 7 °C in no more than 10 hours.
  • The plant required a solution enabling them to verify the actual temperature inside the refrigerator whenever a gap between the refrigerator’s controller and the actual temperature is suspected.
  • The company required a tool enabling them to monitor the product’s temperature inside the refrigerator over the weekend, therefore verifying that their products are not freezing.


MicroLog Solution:

The company uses Fourtec's MicroLogPRO II data logger with an external temperature probe to monitor the temperature over time during the production process of their deli products. The temperature probe is located inside the center of the product, while the logger is placed outside the oven or refrigerator. The customer can view the status on the MicroLogPRO II ’s LCD screen or by connecting the device via USB cable to the computer and analyze the data via the free DataSuite analysis software. A PDF report can be generated using the software with an indication if there are any deviations from the pre-defined thresholds.

                                                                                                                                                             

 Measurable Results:

  • Online data view - 4-digit data display enables an online view of the data during the production process, without connecting the devices to the computer (important mainly during the chilling stage).
  • Free analysis software – The data recorded via the MicroLogPRO II data loggers can be analyzed with the free DataSuite software, enabling device configuration, data monitoring and enhanced analysis functionality. 
  • Easy-to-us, portable, compact monitoring – The device is easy-to-use and can be used in various stages of the production process.
  • Complying with all required regulations – The MicroLogPRO II data logger enables the company to comply with the highest required regulation in the food production industry.

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