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SOP on Bin Blender Operation

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1.0 Objective: To establish a procedure for the operation of the Bin Blender.

2.0 Scope: This procedure applies to the Bin Blender located in the manufacturing area.

3.0 Responsibility:
Officers and Executives in the Production Department are responsible for this procedure.
The Production Department Manager is responsible for overall compliance with this SOP.

SOP on Bin Blender Operation

4.0 Definitions: NA

5.0 Procedure:
5.1 Equipment Preparation:

  • Ensure a ‘CLEANED’ label is affixed on the equipment and that it is clean along with the surrounding area.
  • Remove the ‘CLEANED’ label, affix it to the respective BMR, and attach an ‘UNDER PROCESS’ label on the equipment.
  • Record all observations in the Equipment Usage Log Sheet.

5.2 Equipment Login:

  • Turn on the control using the ‘ON/OFF’ key. The opening screen will display the date and time.
  • Touch ‘Login’ on the screen. Use the keypad to enter the correct password and confirm with ‘Enter’. There are three access levels:
  • Level 3 for recipe editing.
  • Levels 2 and 1 for machine operation in auto and manual mode.

5.4 Recipe Edition:

  • Access level 3. Touch ‘Recipe Edit’ on the screen. Load process parameters such as ‘Product Name, Batch No., Operator Name, Mfg. Date, Exp. Date, Batch size’ according to the BMR.
  • Touch ‘Next’ to proceed and load parameters like ‘Bunker Capacity, Pre-Lubrication Time, Blender RPM, Print Interval’ as per the BMR.
  • Touch ‘Recipe Save’ to save the recipe. Provide a suitable name and confirm. To delete a recipe, touch ‘Recipe Delete’, select the recipe, and confirm the deletion.
  • Touch ‘Exit’ to return to the opening screen.

5.5 Auto Mode Operation:

  • In the opening screen, touch ‘Auto Mode’ and follow instructions to operate the machine in an automated cycle.
  • Unlock the safety railing, follow on-screen instructions for each step, and touch ‘OK’ accordingly.
  • Start the cycle by touching ‘Start’ and monitor the operation. The cycle will stop automatically after the set blending time.
  • Follow instructions for unloading, lubrication, and cleaning. Affix appropriate labels after the operation.

5.6 Manual Mode Operation and Unloading:

  • In the opening screen, touch ‘Manual Mode’ and set blending time and RPM.
  • Operate the machine manually, unload as needed, and affix labels as required.

5.7 Log Out:

  • Touch ‘Log Out’ and turn off the control key.

5.8 Cleaning and Documentation:

  • Take the blender bin to the designated area if not unloaded.
  • Affix ‘TO BE CLEANED’ labels on the bin blender and blender bin if necessary.
  • Record all observations in the Equipment Usage Log Sheet.

6.0 Abbreviations:
BMR: Batch Manufacturing Record
IPC: In Process Container
QA: Quality Assurance
SOP: Standard Operating Procedure

7.0 References:
SOP: Making entries in equipment usage and cleaning log sheet.

8.0 Annexures:
None available.

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