Avoid Pet and Animal Food Recalls with Compressed Air Testing

Compressed air is used for a variety of systems in the animal and pet food manufacturing industry. Because this air both directly and indirectly impacts the feed and the manufacturing processes, it is important to consider compressed air as a critical factor. As with any critical factor, compressed air in the pet food manufacturing industry…

The Cost Of Doing Nothing: Compressed Air Testing and Preventative Maintenance

Each year, experts gather at the annual NFPA Conference and Expo to share insights on issues affecting the firefighting community. Many of the exhibits and educational courses featured at the conference focus on preventative measures. The main message is one that the industry leaders know well: it’s better to prevent a problem than to wait…

ISPE Good Practice Guide and Compressed Air

Compressed air, also referred to as process gas, is used in many capacities in the pharmaceutical industry. Regular quality control testing plays an important role in the safety of your products. The ISPE Good Practice Guide for process gases asserts that compressed air usage in pharmaceutical manufacturing should be free from contaminants and routinely maintained and…

Total Volatile Hydrocarbon Contamination in Compressed Breathing Air

Finding out your air sample is out of specification can be costly and time consuming. While many compressed air users are aware of the risks that contaminants like Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) can pose to their compressed breathing air, some may not know the risks of a lesser known contaminant: volatile hydrocarbons….

Passing Your Compressed Air Analysis: Tips and Troubleshooting

Quality testing is an important control measure for any compressed air system. Particularly in the food industry, a variety of pitfalls exist that can cause compressed air tests to fail. It is important to isolate common problems, particularly those regarding sampling ports and testing techniques. Sometimes the air itself is compliant, but the tests fail…

Compressed Breathing Air: Water Vapor Contamination

In our last blog on breathing air contamination, we discussed the dangers of Carbon Monoxide contamination. While CO is one of the most dangerous forms of breathing air contamination, it’s not the most common. That title goes to water vapor. WHERE DOES THE WATER COME FROM? According to Parker Hannifin, up to 99.9% of the…

Sampling Plans for GFSI-Required Compressed Air Monitoring

This blog outlines some questions you need to consider when establishing a routine monitoring program. How you answer the following questions will vary depending on the type of monitoring you are performing. For instance, if you suspect a contamination problem may exist, your sampling plan will differ greatly from a routine monitoring program. WHAT COMPRESSED AIR CONTAMINANTS…

Compressed Breathing Air: Carbon Monoxide

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide The dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) are well documented. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year more than 400 people die and 20,000 people visit the emergency room due to unintentional CO poisoning. Compressed breathing air is not immune from this danger. Last summer, 12 students in…

HACCP Certified – Our Team of Experts

As an ISO 17025 A2LA accredited laboratory, we uphold the highest quality standards in the industry. Trace Analytics commitment to food safety has helped food manufacturers ensure the quality of their compressed air for over 29 years. To better assist our customers, and to preserve the highest quality standards, our customer service team maintains HACCP Certification,…

Microbial Compressed Air Sampling Explained

Compressed air has been referred to as the fourth utility and is a diverse tool that is used by many different types of manufacturers. The use of compressed air is essential to many manufacturing processes which can include: controlling valves and cylinders, cutting products, mixing materials, opening packaging and moving goods. However, the humid environment…

Compressed Air System Risk Assessment: Do I Need to Test?

Compressed air is a critical utility that is widely used throughout the food industry. Many of the GFSI schemes like Safe Quality Food (SQF), British Retail Consortium (BRC), primusGFS, and Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000, require compressed air quality monitoring. FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires covered manufacturing facilities to establish and implement…

Compressed Air Systems: Causes of CO2 Contamination

A failed compressed air test can be a hassle, often leaving companies who thought their compressed air was contaminant free struggling to figure out what went wrong and how to correct the issue. Some of these failures can pose a great risk to one’s health, and even death if gone unnoticed or left unsolved. Considering…

The Seven Principles of HACCP Application: Compressed Air Systems

HACCP is the internationally recognized preventative management system and is defined by the Food and Drug Administration as an entity addressing food safety “through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement, and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.” Many manufacturers only begin testing…

HACCP and Compressed Air Testing

HACCP is an internationally recognized preventative management system and is defined by the Food and Drug Administration as an entity addressing food safety “through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement, and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.” For more information about HACCP and its application…

Trace Analytics Celebrates 29 Years in Business

Our team of experts is dedicated to upholding the highest quality standards in the industry while simultaneously providing excellent customer service. With the help of our distributors, we serve customers around the world. Without you, we would not be us. Thank you for your business, your trust, and your confidence.  

2017 SQF International Conference

Safe Quality Food (SQF) returned for its 12th annual conference this year in Dallas, TX; bringing together over 800+ food safety and quality professionals to discuss upcoming regulatory changes and the new SQF Code, Edition 8. Every year, the SQF conference provides a great opportunity for networking with other industry professionals and valuable educational resources about…

NFPA 1989: A Look at Firefighter Health and Safety

When a firefighter puts on in their safety equipment, they knowingly accept the risks and the responsibilities necessary to guarantee the safety of a community and its citizens. And in order to keep themselves safe and perform at their best; firefighters rely on the efficiency of their regulated equipment. According to a published multi-year study conducted…

Food Safety Management Systems: Who Regulates Compressed Air?

The food industry does not currently have a universally accepted regulating body. There are many different regulating organizations, and food manufacturers may subscribe to one or many of their requirements. SQF implements reliable and credible food safety management systems using scientific principles to certify and register auditors internationally. A summary of SQF’s compressed air requirements…

The New SQF Code, Edition 8: Compressed Air Changes

Trace Analytics was honored to participate in the 2017 SQF International Conference. Thank you to everyone who met with us to discuss the changes to compressed air and gas testing requirements in the new SQF Code, Edition 8. Compressed Air and Other Gases Must Be Clean and Regularly Monitored “11.5.5.1 Compressed air or other gases…

SQF Code, Edition 7.2: A Guide to Compressed Air and Gas

Trace Analytics will be attending the 2017 SQF International Conference. Schedule a time to meet with us and to discuss what the changes to the new SQF Code, Edition 8 mean for your compressed air and gas testing requirements. For more information or to schedule a time to meet with us click here.    …

How to Designate ISO 8573-1 Purity Classes

The designation of ISO 8573-1 Purity Classes for compressed air includes the specification name and edition date, followed by the purity class number(s) in brackets. The designation is presented in the following order and separated by a colon: ISO 8573-1:2010 [Particles:Water:Oil]* where: P is the Purity Class for Particles (Classes 0 to 7, X) W…

Using ISO 8573-1 to Test Compressed Air: Clearing the Confusion

Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine and Trace Analytics LLC clear confusion on compressed air testing within the manufacturing industry in this comprehensive article. Compressed air is used in more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activities, and when compressed air is used in the production of pharmaceuticals, food, beverages, medical devices, and other products, there seems…

How to Sample for Particles, Water, and Oil

The International Food Safety & Quality Network (IFSQN) and Trace Analytics LLC detail the process involved with testing particles, water, and oil in compressed air or compressed gas. If SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 and PrimusGFS schemes require monitoring, but do not establish purity limits, nor do they provide guidance on how to accomplish this requirement, how…