DelaPlast have been running their FSSC/ISO 22000 certification successfully for 3 years now and will go for recertification in 2020. The manufacturing company supplies rigid plastic packaging for local and international brands. Through this certification DelaPlast stays in control regarding the safety and quality of our production process of plastic injection moulding, to ensure customer satisfaction throughout!
Why Dela Plast pursued their FSSC 22000 certification for food safe packaging?
DelaPlast is a plastic injection moulding factory in Pretoria, Gauteng; manufacturing and supplying rigid plastic packaging in a clean and hygienic environment as per our FSSC 22000 certification requirements. At our company we manufacture direct food and medical plastic packaging products, by contract moulding as per our client’s specification and requirements. This consist of plastic storage containers with lids for candies, flexible spoons for eating chocolate confectionary, special bag valves and enclosures and medical packaging devises. Click here to see what other type of injection moulded products we can manufacture.
Although a small company, we pursued FSSC 22000 because of the many benefits in running a company with these high standards.
But what does FSSC 22000 stand for?
FSSC 22000 stands for Food Safety System Certification, which is a management scheme used internationally to control food safety risks by adhering to the ISO 22000 and FSSC additional requirements.
ISO22000-4 is the version we adhere to for food safe packaging specifically. There are also different standards for production of food, catering, animal food and retail.
FSSC 22000 is an ISO based Food Safety Management System
We are now implementing the updated version of ISO 22000 (2018) for re certification in 2020. Pre-requisite programs and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) principles are a large part of this management system. The additional requirements of FSSC 22000 can be found on the FSSC website. These have also been updated and now includes items like food defence and food fraud. It is very important to include these points and to be audited on these aspects in your internal audits. Because we are a smaller company, our annual internal audit is performed by an external auditor to ensure that our system have covered all the risks and processes.
The 3 main components of FSSC is seen on the schematic below:
Running our food safe plan effectively
At DelaPlast we understand the needs and expectations of our clients and we work according to their preferences as documented in their quality manuals as well as the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements set to ensure food safety along the food chain until final consumption.
We were first certified in 2018 and have been running our system successfully without major findings in the yearly external audits by SGS. Since then our primary focus of this food safety and quality management system is to meet customer requirements by adding value and to strive to exceed their expectations.
The system is all about planning, implementing, operating and maintaining the processes within the factory in order to provide products that meet the quality and safety requirements while minimizing risks throughout.
The system is evaluated and assessed annually by SGS to ensure that conformity within the food safety requirements is in order to enhance customer satisfaction. Effective communication with suppliers, customers and all other stake holders are extremely important throughout.
Keeping up standards
The company has planned, established, documented and implemented a food safety and quality management system for the site in Gauteng, which is maintained and re-evaluated continually to improve its effectiveness in accordance with legislation, international standards and best industry practice. The company has planned and developed the processes that contribute to meet the requirements of these standards and to produce safe products. All food and medical packaging hazards that may reasonably be expected to occur, are identified by this system and are then fully evaluated and controlled so that our packaging does not present a direct or indirect risk to the consumer.
DelaPlast has been running as FSSC certified for 3 years with no major non-conformances!
At DelaPlast we look at our strengths and weaknesses at our annual management meeting for continual growth opportunities. Internally the management and staff have the capacity and knowledge to run the plastic injection moulding business successfully for more than 15 years already.
Once certified you are added to the Fssc22000 international website : https://www.fssc22000.com/certified-organizations/
So what are the benefits of being FSSC 22000 certified?
Building a successful FSSC system provides DelaPlast with effective managing of risks for food safety hazards by creating an environment capable of producing safe products.
This management system helps to continually manage, monitor, validate and improve the company. This cannot happen without the management commitment from our Directors.
Certification assist us in maintaining current customers as well as opening a larger market for increased market opportunities. The market is becoming stricter about their regulations and standards due to general health issues regarding food. Countries across the globe are making changes to food safety regulations because food is imported internationally. Traceability plays a large role in this regard.
Large retailers and multinational manufacturers or processors are demanding certification of their suppliers. Having FSSC Certification means you are qualified to supply these organizations or their supplier’s safe products.
DelaPlast certified as FSSC 22000 compliant in 2020
As a food safe manufacturing company, we will continue to have an ongoing focus on improvement of our system as it creates trust in our company and opens doors internationally for future business opportunities.
We are always looking for new clients with unique (injection moulded) plastic packaging items so we can give them exceptional service and products. Our directors ensure that clients are informed on specifics on mould design and product pricing as well as quality procedures throughout. Visit our website at www.delaplast.co.za for more information on our company.
I have met Natalie Rowels so far only by email when requesting to buy some of our plastic seed trays, but she is an absolute amazing inspiration !
Natalie has grown and donated thousands of yellow wood trees to various schools and organisations which she grows in her back yard! She gave at least 1000 large saplings to a forest project started by the Cape Parrot Project in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. The project is cultivating an indigenous forest in an attempt to provide a habitat for Africa’s most endangered parrots.
“The idea is to ensure a future food source for the Cape parrots, which are facing extinction with only about 800 flying wild in South Africa.”
Natalie Rowles- a true inspiration
How’s that for changing the world one housewife at a time!
Over the past 15 years Natalie Rowles has donated over 9000 saplings. From schools, municipalities to farms and forests. She is now using the loose Dela Plast tubes to grow these seeds in to make it even easier to transplant these saplings out. She collects fallen seeds from indigenous yellow-wood trees growing in her garden, then sows and transplants them into plant bags for donation.
The pluspoint regarding Yellow wood trees
A Yellowwood tree can live for between 250 and a thousand years. They also grow larger than most other hardwood trees. A small tree can offset over a tonne of CO2 over its lifetime, so the Yellowwood trees are in demand, but quite scarce and expensive to find. With the help of sponsors and volunteers, Natalie can provide an annual steady supply of these seeds from her own female tree at her home. She can go with volunteers after rainfalls and dig out hundreds of little saplings growing under the Yellowwood trees in Coedmore Road, as well as at the Stainbank Nature Reserve, where she can also obtain seeds of the Podocarpus Falcatus – the false Yellowwood – which is the same as the big tree at Hogsback and at Knysna Forest. These little saplings grow in rock hard soil on the verges and die off due to lack of water or being removed from verges as weeds. Natalie’s efforts to save them and grow them into trees is her solution for supplying schools and the public with more saplings nearly instantly.
“I believe the responsibility for ensuring that our environment is sustainable rests on the shoulders of each and every one of us. We need to help the government and local authorities make our environment more liveable for ourselves as well as for future generations,” says Natalie
Keeping your environmental footprint small already makes a difference!
Rowles, who is based near Pietermaritzburg, ensures her own environmental footprint stays small by growing a 100% organic food garden of vegetables, herbs, berries and other fruit, which saves petrol and the need to go shopping.
Rowles is dedicated to energy efficiency and using recycled water. She has built a simple solar geyser system to reduce electricity consumption at a local pre-primary school as well as two for her own use at home.
“I use swimming pool hoses to channel water from my bath and washing machine outlets to my lawn, where it soaks on a slope to my fruit trees.”
The costs of the projects come out of her own pocket, although she is always pleased to receive donations!
A true inspiration if ever I have seen one!
Please read more about our clients using our plastic seedling trays successfully!
The first move in bringing your plastic product to life is to get a quote for its manufacturing. This can have a massive impact on your costs and profitability, so it is crucial to get the best quote. Plastic injection molding is a very specific process and influenced by many factors, from the design to the materials used. Even though an experienced manufacturer such as Delaplast can ensure your product meets your expectations, a clear picture of what you need will make the quoting process much more effective. Read our article about the 10 steps of developing a new plastic moulded product. A good quote for plastic injection molding comes down five steps. If you cover these, you can ensure the best value and performance for your money:
CAD designs and samples
Before there can be a molding process, there needs to be a mold – and a mold comes from a CAD design. If you do not have such a design, one can be developed using Delaplast’s design services. Even if you already have a mold, a CAD design can give the molder a good sense of what the final product will be. If you have samples of the product, it will help as well. These indicate the complexity of the parts, which can cause challenges in the molding process. The more your molding partner knows, the better they can anticipate the process, and quote accurately.
The state of the mold
You may have a mold already – perhaps you are manufacturing a new batch of a tried-and-tested product. But molds wear and can create problems that will affect the quality and appeal of the plastic product. A worn mold cannot be wished away. Present the mold for the quote and be willing to get honest feedback, such as requiring the tooling of a new mold.
Do you need one or two products? Do you need thousands? How soon do you need them? Plastic injection molding can scale, but not without sufficient planning. The number of products you want can have a positive effect on material costs, but a negative impact on mold lifespans. Without sufficient planning around the volumes and timelines, unexpected costs can creep in. It is possible to scale the manufacturing process later in the project, but this might raise prices in ways that could have been avoided
The right resin
Resin is the key ingredient for plastic. The choice of resin will have the greatest impact on your product’s basic properties. This can be a confusing topic, as a given resin be used for many different applications, from plastic bags to long-lasting parts in cars to high-pressure taps. Those properties are determined during the molding process, of which the base resin has the biggest influence and should be investigated thoroughly. Don’t hesitate to ask the injection supplier questions about resin choices.
Requirements for the product
In addition to the resin, plastics can be given other properties that further distinguish your product. These include chemical or UV resistance, fire retardation, brittleness and more. Such requirements are usually met through additives, added to the resin prior to the injection process. To avoid surprises, know what you want the product to do and not do. For example, making a material fireproof when it doesn’t need to be will just be an unnecessary cost. But neglecting to put UV protection in a product that lives outdoors might result in unhappy customers down the line.
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The use of plastic in manufacturing is constantly growing as it is a primary component of many consumer articles. So, when someone has a great new and innovative idea for a plastic injection moulded product the best way to go about is to contact a local plastic injection moulder like Dela Plast who can assist you from design of the product right through to production.
Dela Plast is a plastic injection moulding manufacturer in Pretoria. We specialise in contract injection moulding which means we supply customers products of which the customer owns the mould. We get many pricing requests from enthusiastic customers for plastic products or components they require for their businesses. Purchasing a non-existing plastic component is not as easy as just placing an order. A lot of work goes into the product design that is not always foreseen when a great idea is conceived. But through proper design and planning, mould and production costs can be reduced.
Product development is a process from design to production. We can advise you on your product development process:
One of the main problems is that a client does not always know how to go about in developing this product and what the costs related are. One of the biggest hurdles in plastic injection moulding is the costs of the moulds. Moulds need to be made of high quality tool steel to resist the impact of the pressure of the heated plastic that goes through the tiny components(gates) to fill your mould for uniform products.
But before we get ahead of ourselves lets look at the steps for plastic product development:
10 Steps for manufacturing a new Plastic Injection Moulded product:
1. Acquire a great idea
This idea for a plastic product should be feasible and should be able to sell thousands and thousands of plastic parts! It is very important to have a high production rate to make the idea feasible!
2. Complete the design
Design the product keeping in mind important factors like material choice, uniform wall thickness, avoiding sharp corners if possible etc. Planning is very important to prevent costly mistakes by thinking the design through. Ideally do a 3D design.
3. Find a local plastic injection moulder
Find a reputable plastic injection moulding company and have a brainstorming session regarding your idea. Discuss the technical aspects of the product like the number of cavities necessary for optimum production, the amount of moulds needed for the components or if family moulds could be an option. Also discuss the raw material to use and product manufacturing time. Product assembling, packaging and transport should also be discussed.
4. Improve and finalize the design
It is very important to improve from what you have learned in the previous step. You can always print a sample by 3D print technology to ensure that you are happy with the end product and that it works for the intended use. The production price will be quoted by the plastic injection manufacturers and they will also have the right contacts for mould makers to request a quote from.
5. Sign off the design
Signing off the design after ensuring that you are happy with the final product is off utmost importance. Discuss this with the mould maker and pay the deposit for making the mould. The mould making normally takes around 12 weeks depending on the type of mould required.
6. The mould is now tested for accuracy and functionality
After the mould have been manufactured, tests are done on the plastic products to ensure that it produces correctly. A quality check should follow to confirm that you are happy with the end product. Look out for flashes, short moulding, burn marks, vacuum voids and sink marks.
7. Final delivery to the plastic injection moulder
Some last checks and amendments can be done by mould maker before final delivery to the plastic injection moulder where production will take place.
8. Place your orders
Now it is time to confirm your order for your plastic contract moulding product by specifying materials, colours, amounts and delivery times.
9. Production takes place
Production now takes place according to your order in the lead time as discussed. Assembly takes place if necessary. Product is then packaged as specified.
10. Delivery of end product takes place.
Depending on what the plastic product/ component is, you can now utilise it or sell it as intended.
Are you excited yet? Let us help you get started !
From the above steps you can see the importance of gaining the correct technical and professional knowledge as well as doing the correct planning and having sufficient budget for developing a plastic product. The success lies in implementing all these aspects and insights to get to your final quality plastic product.