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The importance of auditing a plant



Auditing an industrial plant is an essential practice to ensure that a company's manufacturing activities are carried out efficiently, safely and in compliance with regulations.  


In other words, it is a detailed and systemic assessment of the activities, processes, structures and procedures within an industrial plant in order to identify strengths, weaknesses and potential risks. This process, carried out by the suppliers of the machines, is also essential to ensure the sustainability and growth of the company itself.


How an audit works


Industrial auditing focuses on several key aspects, including regulatory compliance. This means that it is checked whether the plant complies with all applicable laws, regulations, including those related to occupational health and safety, the environment, and industrial laws.

Adherence to these regulations is of paramount importance to prevent accidents at work, avoid legal penalties and damage to the company's image.


In addition to compliance, the audit also aims to improve operational efficiency. By examining manufacturing processes, resource management, and productivity, you can identify opportunities to optimize operations, reduce costs, and maximize profits. This is particularly relevant in an environment where competition is fierce and profit margins must be maintained or increased.


Product quality is another point of attention to monitor during an audit. The goal, in this case, is to ensure that the products manufactured in the plant meet the stringent quality standards required.




How often should a plant audit be performed


The frequency of the industrial audit can vary depending on several factors, including the nature of the operations, applicable regulations, and company policies.  


However, in many cases, audits are performed annually or even more frequently, especially in high-risk or ever-changing industries. In addition, extraordinary audits may be conducted in response to particular events, such as significant changes in operations or the occurrence of one or more abnormal events.


Summary of the benefits of an audit


Through an audit, the company can obtain numerous benefits in addition to those already mentioned, in particular:


Improve product quality: An audit on preform/container production systems or a bottling plant can definitely help improve product quality. How? Identifying areas of inefficiency, quality issues, and opportunities for process optimization. This information can then be used to make changes that improve the quality of the products.


Summary of the benefits of an audit

Optimize the energy efficiency of the plant: Audit-related activities are particularly valuable because they allow, in many cases, to identify areas where energy is being used inefficiently and suggest changes to improve the energy efficiency of single machines or complete bottling line. This can include upgrading outdated equipment, changing manufacturing processes, or implementing new energy technologies.




Regulatory compliance of the plant: One of the most critical aspects of the periodic audit is to ensure that the plant complies with current regulations, especially in this last period in which the latest Machinery Regulation has been published.


Improve operational efficiency: Periodic audits identify inefficiencies in outdated manufacturing processes and facilities. This makes it possible to make improvements and optimize processes, reducing production costs, improving product quality, and increasing market competitiveness.


Improve sustainability: Periodic auditing can help identify opportunities to make the plant more sustainable. This includes reducing resource consumption, using recycled materials, optimizing energy use, and minimizing environmental impacts.


Prevent unexpected breakdowns: Periodic audits can spot early signs of wear and tear or malfunctions in machinery and equipment. This anticipation allows you to schedule preventative maintenance, avoiding costly downtime due to unexpected failures.


Promote innovation: Audits can reveal opportunities for the implementation of new technologies or advanced production methods. For example, this fosters innovation in the PET packaging industry, allowing companies to remain competitive and adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing market.


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Written by SIPA

With 30 years of experience in PET containers solutions, SIPA has acquired considerable expertise in all available bottle manufacturing and filling technologies, from preforms to finished products, for the food and beverage, chemical products, cosmetics, detergents and pharmaceutical sectors.