Building a Case for Paperless Manufacturing

Building a Case for Paperless Manufacturing

By January 17, 2018 Blog No Comments

This Building a Case for Paperless Manufacturing blog will discuss two areas:

  1. What are the areas where we have seen high levels of return on investment.
  2. How do you go about creating a roadmap towards paperless manufacturing.

The biggest cost reduction we see when eliminating paper is the cost of “operator Handling and Document”. The review, inspection, and transportation of paper can require several full-time people.

The second biggest area we have seen related to paper costs is customer complaint processing. This includes any analytical processing that is done on the data stored in the paper DHR.

The third largest expense we encounter because of paper is storage space. In some cases, companies are required to keep paperwork up to 10 years following the products lifecycle, and many companies have over 100 years of paperwork in storage. Federal guidelines require that paperwork be stored in such a way that the information won’t become degraded. That means facilities must be climate controlled and secure which further adds to the cost of storage.

The final paper related costs that are sometimes overlooked are directly related to the paper itself. This includes the pens and transport equipment.

Medical device manufacturing is faced with many complexities. Product lifecycles are becoming shorter and shorter. If you are going to be able to compete in the industry, you need to be able to change your manufacturing process quickly. With products becoming more complex, it is increasingly more difficult to meet regulatory pressures. This means that each manufacturing process change is likely to be a change that increases the number of steps involved and the information that needs included.

By automating your manufacturing process, you also automate a portion of your manufacturing process changes. If you are using a PLM or Product Lifecycle Management system, you can automate the design and development of your product for an even more efficient process of managing manufacturing changes.

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