CORESTA Meeting, Smoke Science/Product Technology, 2017, Kitzbühel, STPOST 15 (also presented at TSRC 2017)

“Track and Trace” in the smoking laboratory

Borgwaldt KC GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

“Track and Traceability” is one of the major requirements regarding “Good Laboratory Practice”. During the whole production process, from incoming goods up to the packed product, cigarettes are thoroughly tracked. But within the smoking laboratory this is more problematic. The products have to be linked carefully to complex smoking plans including multiple machines and different parameter settings. And finally the products are converted physically into loaded smoke traps continuing their way to the chemical analysis. Along this way there are plenty of possibilities to mix up samples, or data, or to lose the link between the traps and the smoked product.

This poster describes a technical solution for consistent tracking during the whole procedure. It is based on the automated identification of uniquely id-coded key components used in the smoking machine like cigarette storage cassettes and filter pad holder and extraction flasks communicating with a database. For example, all product relevant data including conditioned weight and all smoke parameters are linked to the cassette allowing the machine to set up automatically in regards. These parameters plus all additional smoke run parameters as well as the unloaded and loaded weight of the filter are then linked to the ID of the used CFP holder and furthermore to the coded extraction flask used in the chemical laboratory. This procedure helps to avoid or even eliminate errors and to gain online information about the current status of the product during the whole process which is an essential/important topic for simplified laboratory accreditation. This will also simplify the laboratory processes and offer not only the possibility for higher efficiency and higher process automation, but also ensures traceability from smoked product to chemical analysis results.