Statistical Process Control (SPC) for the Food Poultry Industry by nfy87895


									            Statistical Process Control (SPC) for the Food & Poultry Industry
                                           August 12-14, 2008
                                  Extension Food Science Training Facility
                                       University of Georgia Campus
                                             Athens, Georgia

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is a tool to maximize profits, increase quality and solve
manufacturing problems. This three-day short course is designed for poultry and food industry plant owners,
plant managers, Quality Assurance personnel, production management and HACCP coordinators, as well as third-
party auditors of this industry. The program will benefit managers, supervisors and quality assurance personnel
for processors, shippers and distributors, assisting them in customizing their own food safety programs. It will also
benefit auditors who are charged with assessing these programs. Course materials use food and poultry industry-
based examples to help you to see how these powerful, scientifically-valid, graphic tools can save you money and
increase your profits.
                         A background in statistics is not required for this course.

SPC utilizes control charts and other graphic problem-solving tools to provide an effective means of achieving
process control. By assuring the quality of ingredients and incoming materials and by monitoring the production
processes with graphic control charts, processors can assure that their processes provide safe products and meet
regulatory requirements.

About the program
This program will also demonstrate how SPC tools can be used to conduct process capability studies on new
procedures. For those plants participating in the HIMP program, USDA requires that specific criteria and statistical
methods be used for monitoring and controlling quality defects. This is where SPC can help identify and control
any potential hazards from entering the production process and is a tool that can be used to collect and monitor
data to document that water consistency and zero tolerance can be maintained in meat and poultry products and
quality defects reduced in all food products. Many major customers require their suppliers to adopt a Six
Sigma/Lean Manufacturing approach to managing processes. This program will also offer an introduction to these

Our Unique Approach
This course takes a different approach from the standard lecture format. Breakout work groups address real-world
problems and use SPC tools and proven problem-solving techniques to develop science-based solutions. This
workshop will address both quality and safety issues in food processing operations. The course also features a
computer lab where SPC software is demonstrated. Participants will experience hands-on training in generating
charts and graphs using their own company data.

How can SPC be integrated into your operation?              Course Topic Outline:
Use SPC to                                                  < Introduction to SPC concepts
< stabilize and improve process control                     < SPC problem-solving tools – flow charts & control
< help realize yield performance                               charts
< justify management decisions for process change           < Understanding variation
< troubleshoot manufacturing problems                       < Monitoring variation with control charts
< reduce costs and achieve consistent weight control        < Interpreting control charts
< improve yield performance and extend shelf life           < Measuring process capability
< validate processes for regulatory compliance              < Setting up a capability study
< provide documentation to verify specification             < Using SPC computer software programs
   criteria                                                 < Decision making based on analysis of information

Lead Instructors
William C. (Bill) Hurst, University of Georgia, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, Athens, GA
Robert W. (Bob) Thrash, Process Management Consulting, Kingston Springs, TN

NOTE: Due to past participants’ requests for more time to cover the material, this year’s course starts
at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15th and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17th.
            Statistical Process Control (SPC) for the Food & Poultry Industry
                                            August 12-14, 2008
                                          GENERAL INFORMATION

This year’s SPC workshop has been expanded to three full days to more effectively cover the course material. It
will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12th and concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th. It is being
held in the Extension Food Science training facility on the UGA Campus in Athens, Georgia. We have included
details about travel, parking and directions for your convenience below. Please note that there is no public
parking available at the Food Science Building at this time. See below for more information.

LODGING: Participants are responsible for their own lodging. A block of rooms will be held until July
21, 2008, at the Georgia Center on the UGA Campus. Call 1-888-295-8894 weekdays group code “SPC”
to get the special rate of $89.00 USD (one king/queen) or $99.00 USD (two double/queen) per night. Please park
in the South Campus Parking Deck - vouchers for the $8.00 daily parking fee will be given to you at workshop
registration. See map below or get more detailed driving instructions with a larger map on our website at

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required before Aug. 1, 2008. Please complete the
registration form and mail with a check or money order payable to The University of Georgia to the address
shown on the registration form. Or for credit card registration, fax form to Marian at (706) 583-0992. The
registration fee includes instruction materials, supplies, two lunches, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks,
tuition and accreditation certificate. Lodging, breakfasts and evening meals are NOT included!

CANCELLATION POLICY: To cancel, make a substitution or verify registration, call Marian Wendinger at (706)
542-2574 or email her at No charge for substitutions. NOTICE: Cancellations received
before July 21, 2008 will be refunded, less a $35.00 handling fee. Cancellations received by Aug. 1,
2008, will receive a 50% refund; NO REFUND if received after Aug. 1, 2008 or “no show.”

TRANSPORTATION: Airline access to Athens is available into Athens Municipal Airport (via Charlotte, NC) or
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is about 90 minutes away from Athens via ground
Shuttle service from the Atlanta Airport to the Georgia Center is available - call AAA Airport Express at 1-800-
354-7874 or visit their website at to obtain the shuttle
schedule and to make reservations.
Athens also may be reached by auto via U.S.
Highways 29, 78, 129, and 441; interstate highways
I-85 and I-20 are nearby.

The Statistical Process Control (SPC) Workshop is
being held in the Extension Food Science Training
facility, in the UGA Food Science Building annex on
the corner of Cedar Street and East Campus Road
on the UGA Campus in Athens, Georgia. It is
approximately six blocks from the Georgia Center
parking deck.

PARKING ON CAMPUS: No public parking is
available near the Food Science Building.
Please park in the South Campus Parking Deck
adjacent to the Georgia Center on Lumpkin Street
(fee voucher will be distributed in class) and
walk to the Food Science Building. See the map or
print out more detailed directions from our website
                   Statistical Process Control (SPC) for the Food & Poultry Industry
                                                August 12-14, 2008
Please return by July 21, 2008, to save $50 on your registration!

       SPC Workshop                                               Paying by credit card?
       The University of Georgia                                  Fax form to (706) 583-0992
       240 Food Science Bldg.
       Athens, GA 30602-7610

Make check or money order payable to The University of Georgia.

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PAYMENT METHOD: Registration fee MUST be prepaid - registration closes on Aug. 1, 2008

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NOTE: A 50% refund of the registration fee will be made on cancellations received after July 21, 2008. Cancellations
received after Aug. 1, 2008, or “no show” will not be refunded. No charge for substitutions - call Marian at (706) 542-
2574 or email ASAP.

LODGING - Georgia Center on the UGA Campus. Call 1-888-295-8894 weekdays, group code “SPC”, to get the
special rate of $89.00 USD (one king/queen) or $99.00 USD (two dbl/queen) per night. Rate deadline July 21, 2008.

Please duplicate form as needed and complete a separate form for each registrant.

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