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SOP on Metal Detector and Vertical Deduster

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1.0 Objective: To establish a procedure for the operation of metal detector and vertical deduster.

2.0 Scope: This procedure applies to the operation of metal detector and vertical deduster in the production area.

3.0 Responsibility:
Operator, Officer, Executive – Production Department
Manager – Production Department

4.0 Definitions: NA

Metal Detector and Vertical Deduster

5.0 Procedure:
5.1 Machine Setting:

  • Ensure the equipment and area are clean. Attach an ‘UNDER PROCESS’ label on the equipment.
  • Record all observations in the Equipment Usage Log Sheet as per SOP on “Equipment Usage Log Sheet“.
  • Adjust the height of the vertical deduster to align its inlet chute below the outlet chute of the compression machine by adjusting the locking knob.
  • Adjust the height of the metal detector using the locking knob.
  • Adjust the position of the metal detector coil to position its inlet chute below the outlet chute of the tablet de-dusting vertical deduster.

5.2 Operation:

  • Turn on the compressed air supply to the vertical deduster.
  • Turn on the ON/OFF knob of the metal detector. The metal detector will turn on, and the opening screen will display while the rejection flap closes, opens, and closes.
  • Press ‘LOCK’ on the control panel and enter the password for access.
  • Load the product data, edit details if necessary, and set up parameters such as phase degree and threshold signals for both channels.
  • Set the hold delay time to trap faulty products in the rejection box.
  • Press the ‘RESULT’ key and navigate to the deduster screen.
  • Enable the de-duster and start it. Adjust power and frequency to ensure proper tablet movement.
  • Operate the compression machine as per SOP.
  • After the operation, disable the deduster and turn off the ON/OFF knob of the metal detector.

5.3 Cleaning and Documentation:

  • Affix a ‘TO BE CLEANED’ label on the machine.
  • Record all observations in the Equipment Usage Log Sheet.

6.0 Abbreviations:
QA: Quality Assurance
SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
RHS: Right Hand Side
LHS: Left Hand Side

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

8.0 Annexures:
None available.

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