Assalamualaikum and greetings everyone...
This is the first post from us (Siti Hajar Sahidi & Siti Nur Mohd
Hanafi) at Madura Industry. Madura Industry is a company that produce
the product carbonated drinks.
On our 1st day, we were introduced to
our supervisor which is a R&D officer. For the first week, we were
given task which is to develop HACCP manual for the company. This
company already got GMP so they want us to help them get HACCP. We are
supposed to present our work about the HACCP but due to other works
that were given to us; the presentation was postponed to unknown date.
On this week also, we were showed by our supervisor how R&D department
do their work. We learnt how they do samples of drinks according to
the formulation and the variances that they want to observed.
For the 2nd week, we were told to do some formulation of their new
product (Sparkling) according to the formulations that were given to
us. The samples that were done were kept at different condition. We
had to check the Brix value, salt level and pH for every sample that
we did and observed the changes that occurred to the samples every
On the 3rd week, we were ordered to go to the production area to help
the process of making S. Salak from fruit to finish good. At the same
time, we also enter the syrup blending room and inspect every
ingredient that was going to be weight. We also went to filling room
where carbonated drinks were filled and help out over there. From this
week, we had to rotate our work with the other practical students.
For the 4th week, we were asked to do stability test by taking 7
bottles of sparkling finished good from the processing area and placed
them at different conditions. The stability test were done for S.
Pomegranate 8/3/12, S. Guava 5/3/12 and S. Guava 6/3/12. On this week,
we also had to remove the pineapple skin due to lack of production
workers to make pineapple juice which is used to make S. Pineapple. We
also need to do some checking on the salt level, Brix reading and pH
of sparkling finished good.
The 5th week was not too busy as we only had to make 3 formulation of
isotonic and each formulation need to be triplicate. Daily observation
was made for each and every sample of the isotonic. Then we had to do
documentation of GMP for GT Bioscience, sub-factory of Madura which
produce cosmetic products.
On the 6th week, we learnt how to use a manual autoclave which we
guessed not being used by other factory anymore to sanitize the
apparatus that we want to use for microbe test. We also learnt how to
do microbe test by using Sim Plate which looked like the agar plate
but not using the agar. We transfer the heavy autoclave from the R&D
lad at Madura to the IPQC lab at GT bioscience and vice versa. In this
week also, we learnt to do microbe test by using RIDA count sheet
which looks like Petri film.
For the 7th week, we went to GT Bioscience to record the results of
our microbe test on the production product. We also study about new
analysis test and do some short notes on the procedures. Then Siti Nur
was asked to go to GT Bioscience to help our supervisor do formulation
for cosmetic cream, product of GT bioscience. On this week also Hajar
went to R&D lab to do pectin analysis while Siti Nur still not done
with the cosmetic product. The works at GT bioscience continue until
night. On Sunday of this week, Siti Nur still had to go to GT
Bioscience to continue on the production of the cosmetic cream while
Hajar continue on pectin test for other sample (basically S. Guava and
its juice). On this week also, we did the microbe test using the Sim
Plate for Total Plate Count (TPC). We also did the colour simulation
for the sparkling product to get the same colour as the real
production products (S. Pomegranate, S. Guava and S. Salak). Plus, we
had to make formulation of sparkling by using the colour simulation
that we did earlier.