By Roy van Rivero

In any manufacturing processes, there comes a time wherein a desired output is not achieved because of contamination issues. Sometimes errors are just marginal but there are also times that a company suffers a big loss due to product defects that are just too serious in quantity because the output does not meet the quality standard as expected. Such a scenario needs appropriate action and contamination analysis must be done.

There are a number of reasons why contamination analysis plays an imperative role in production processes. Some of the reasons are the following:

- It provides an effective way of determining the root cause of the contamination problem, which lets you make the appropriate decision, giving a core solution and not just a 'band-aid' fix.

- It allows you to determine the type or mode and the mechanism of the contamination and whether or not a quick action is required.

- It can prevent a possible further deterioration of product's quality, which can ruin your reputation as a product provider.

- It lets you identify early indications of possible product contamination (based on the signs you have identified), which is helpful for your future process. For instance, you can prevent potential damages that could cause a bigger problem in the future, which might negatively impact your business as a whole (e.g. it can affect your total operational costs, negatively.)

- It also gives expert recommendations that can be useful in preventing similar issues in your future productions. Meaning, performing an investigation/analysis on the cause of a failure makes you become more prepared in case another failure will happen in the future.

- Because all conclusions can be drawn based on facts you find in contamination/failure analysis, it can give you an expert legal support, which is vital in case contamination issues you experience need to go through a litigation process.

- It can protect the owner from future financial or reputation damage, which could affect your perpetually when not addressed properly.

Some benefits of contamination analysis:

- Development of a much better product output

- Can see to it that the product you send to the market is the one that is of better quality.

- Can improve your profit as your finished product improves its quality and attracts more customers.

- Can help for the development of new products.

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