Lucta SA Partners with METTLER TOLEDO for Efficient Formulation of Powdered Flavors

FormWeigh.Net Software Solution and PC ID30 Application Weighing Terminal Provide Secure Processing and Efficient System Validation.

Online PR News – 11-October-2010 – – Lucta SA, a manufacturer of flavors, fragrances and feed additives, partnered with METTLER TOLEDO to ensure fail-safe and efficient formulation of powdered flavors for meat, snack, confectionery, dairy and bakery products. The company's Barcelona manufacturing site utilizes an industrial PC ID30 Weighing Terminal and FormWeigh.Net Software. This system provides important information about raw material handling and procedures throughout the weighing process and helps operators prepare the right ingredients for every batch.

Lucta synthesizes 1200 tons of chemical essences per year, through more than 200 different chemical reactions. These reactions result in thousands of different aromas, which are formulated and mixed to obtain the final flavor product. Flavors contain many ingredients, including powder and liquid aromas, oils, preservatives, pH modifiers, solvents and many other additives, all of which must be dosed securely and efficiently.

For the daily production of flavors, recipes are first downloaded directly to a METTLER TOLEDO industrial PC ID30 terminal. The proprietary software recognizes each material by reading its barcode with a barcode reader; it then verifies its quality status and confirms the expiry date. The operator can then begin weighing in one of the two connected METTLER TOLEDO platforms, a high precision KCC with 300 kg capacity and a PBA430 with 30 kg capacity. The required weighing tolerances are clearly displayed on the screen and a color change system helps the operator hit the target weight. Safety precautions and handling procedures are also highlighted on the screen.

METTLER TOLEDO ensures efficient system validation with proven best practice validation manuals and consulting support for FormWeigh.Net in compliance with GAMP 4 guidelines. Further, all relevant batch information and the operator's "signature" are electronically documented. Protected access guarantees that sensitive data can only be seen and/or changed by the authorized people. The functions implemented into FormWeigh.Net ensure full GMP compliance with FDA's 21 CFR Part 11. FormWeigh.Net also controls communication with the customer's ERP and provides real-time data for material management purposes, including remaining stock volume and expiry date.