Good news for Australian consumers, an American based international manufacturing giant Mocon, has partnered with an Australian company Inspection Systems (IS) to establish a certified lab for permeation, seal strength and leak detection testing for food products
IS Laboratories have set up locations in Australia and New Zealand to provide inspection and testing instruments and services. According to an article on the website http://www.ausfoodnews.com.au the company’s aim is to provide food and pharmaceutical companies with fast and affordable testing services using gold-standard instrumentation from the experienced and established international giant, Mocon. Mocon-certified laboratories are now located in Australia, the US, Germany, China, India, Canada, the UK and Switzerland.
IS Laboratories will be the first Mocon-certified test facility in Australia and the eighth around the world which will be based in Melbourne.
The post on Ausfoodnews.com.au also explains:
“Up until now, companies in this part of the world who did not have access to Mocon instrumentation in their own facilities would either have to send their products to other countries for testing or attempt to find a small laboratory, which typically has limited capability,” said Brad Grubb, Director of Inspection Systems.
IS Laboratories testing capabilities include oxygen, water vapor and carbon dioxide permeation testing, burst and pressure strength testing, as well as testing for pressure decay.
Over the past several years, Mocon said it has been actively pursuing strategic laboratory partnerships in key manufacturing regions around the world. The Company said its objective is to offer affordable permeation testing globally at laboratories that have been certified by the Mocon.
Mocon said its Mocon-certified laboratory network targets a broad range of companies, ranging from multinational corporations, which would benefit from a local facility capable of duplicating gold-standard testing protocols, to smaller firms that may only have need for a few validations tests per year.
The article goes on to explain that a Mocon-certification means that state of the art instrumentation has been installed, inspected and maintained by a Mocon-factory authorised service technician and the lab staff have been trained on Mocon methods and protocols as well as record keeping. This they explain will ensure greater quality and equivalency.
It is hoped that food companies will use Mocon certification to ensure food safety in food packaging which will be the same level of service and quality that Mocon locations receive around the world. This is good for bigger companies especially who can now be assured that their materials or packages are tested using identical standards and protocols on four different continents.
The post goes on to state:
Additionally, Mocon said that the new IS Laboratories facilities will allow Australian and New Zealand companies interested in purchasing Mocon instrumentation for their own facility to get a demonstration of the instrumentation in a more convenient location before committing to a purchase.