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Camstar Suite: The Modern MES Choice for Medical Device Manufacturers

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Digitalization is changing everything. This evolution is seen throughout the manufacturing industry, and nowhere is it more vital than in the Medical Device Manufacturing field. As seen in this video, Camstar Medical Device Suite is the MES of choice for Medical Device Manufacturers. By eliminating an outdated paper-based system and implementing Camstar Medical Device Suite, companies soon realize the benefits of a fully electronic, self-auditing MES that streamlines the process, reduces cost and enforces product quality and compliance.

Find this information helpful? Learn details and much more information by attending an upcoming webinar hosted by Seabrook Technology Group and Siemens on Wednesday, April 10 2019 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST.  Register for this FREE WEBINAR by visiting the link below.

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Seabrook Technology Group celebrates its 30th year in 2019!  Consisting of a team of global experts and industry thought leaders, Seabrook brings end-to-end manufacturing solutions (people, processes, technology) together in a harmonized fashion to enable operational excellence for medical device manufacturers.  Our team consists of MESA Certified Consultants​, a CamstarTM Certified Team​, APICS, CPIM Certified Consultants​, PMP Certified Consultants​, and FDA Regulation Experts.  Our entire team brings their passion for Integration, Manufacturing Intelligence and DHR Requirements skillsets to their work.  Seabrook Technology Group is a global, privately held company which was founded in 1989.   ​

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Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for Medical Device Manufacturers: Camstar Medical Device Suite

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In our previous blogs, we discussed the pain points associated with paper-based manufacturing and the benefits of implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES).  As small-to-medium medical device and biotech manufacturers are aware, the outdated paper-based process is time-consuming, inefficient, and costly.  Stepping into the paperless revolution creates a more secure and more accurate process – while leading to greater revenues. There are several advantages to MES implementation, including: the elimination of the need for paper, full traceability of the process in an electronic format, inherently less review time, and quick analysis and characterization of the manufacturing process.

In partnership with Siemens, we at Seabrook recommend utilization and implementation of the Camstar Medical Device Suite.  Camstar™ Medical Device Suite is a leading solution in the medical device and diagnostics industry.  Known for error-proofing processes, paperless manufacturing and the creation of eDHR (Device History Records) and eBR (Batch Records), CamstarTM Medical Device Suite has a proven track record of helping companies excel in achieving their goals.   Camstar Medical Device Suite helps companies to accelerate innovation, reduce cost, and achieve the highest quality products – all while making compliance a by-product of the excellent manufacturing processes.

By eliminating an outdated paper-based system and implementing Camstar Medical Device Suite, companies soon realize the benefits of a fully electronic, self-auditing MES that streamlines the process, reduces cost and enforces product quality and compliance.

It has been our experience that companies that utilize the CamstarTM Medical Device Suite can quickly realize:

  • 100% reduction in paper cost
  • 75% reduction in cycle times
  • 65% reduction in manufacturing-related complaints
  • 80% reduction in final product review and release time
  • 90% reduction in scrap with “right first time” enforcement

Among many other benefits, these results lead to an increase in production efficiency, increased on-time complete shipments, and increased profit margins for organizations utilizing CamstarTM Medical Device Suite.  As a leader in the industry, CamstarTM is very small-business friendly and serves a large customer base with great success!

Details and much more information will be presented in a webinar hosted by Seabrook Technology Group and Siemens on Wednesday, April 10 2019 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST.  Register for this FREE WEBINAR by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camstar-mes-for-medical-device-manufacturers-tickets-55155024162

FREE WEBINAR: Camstar MES for SMB Medical Device Manufacturers
DATE:  Wednesday, April 10 2019 / 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

Seabrook Technology Group celebrates its 30th year in 2019!  Consisting of a team of global experts and industry thought leaders, Seabrook brings end-to-end manufacturing solutions (people, processes, technology) together in a harmonized fashion to enable operational excellence for medical device manufacturers.  Our team consists of MESA Certified Consultants​, a CamstarTM Certified Team​, APICS, CPIM Certified Consultants​, PMP Certified Consultants​, and FDA Regulation Experts.  Our entire team brings their passion for Integration, Manufacturing Intelligence and DHR Requirements skillsets to their work.  Seabrook Technology Group is a global, privately held company which was founded in 1989.   ​

IRELAND OFFICE (HQ):  Mainline Place, Sarsfield Rd., Wilton, Cork, T12 DY80, Ireland 
Tel: +353 21 4800 840 | [email protected]

INDIANA OFFICE: 600 Corporation Drive, Suite # 108, Pendleton, Indiana 46064, USA
Tel: +1 317 426 0699 | [email protected]

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Continued Benefits of End-To-End Software Solutions

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In our previous blogs, we discussed the pain points associated with paper-based manufacturing and the benefits of implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES).  As small-to-medium medical device and biotech manufacturers are aware, the outdated paper-based process is time-consuming, inefficient, and costly.  Stepping into the paperless revolution creates a more secure and more accurate process – while leading to greater revenues. There are several advantages to MES implementation, including: the elimination of the need for paper, full traceability of the process in an electronic format, inherently less review time, and quick analysis and characterization of the manufacturing process.

Since MES is an end-to-end software manufacturing solution, what additional benefits are there to implementing this system into your shop floor?  How else can decision-makers justify MES adoption and implementation?  Although the following may not be at the top of an organization’s priority list now, these additional features/benefits of MES implementation will pay dividends in the future, and include:

  1. NCR Execution Management and Defect Tracking.  Because MES is directly on the shop floor, there is no better system to track defects and prevent mistakes in your production process.    Additionally, MES will automatically stop production if defects are discovered so that the error/defect doesn’t continue to be passed through the manufacturing process.  Because it can quickly and recursively sort through production history, shop floor personnel can be confident that errors are quickly identified and contained with minimum interruption to the manufacturing process.
  2. Enforcing Procedures and Quality Specifications in Real Time.   One of the worst things a manufacturer can do is pass defects down the line.  This causes major issues in production, resource management, and public (and B2B) image – especially if the defect or error is passed on to the customer.
  3. Systematic Go/No-Go.  Systematic Go/No-Go can be applied to MES, which allows for the discovery of defects, procedure enforcement and immediate staff operator notification if error occurs.  Because of this systematic go/no-go, ambiguity is removed from the manufacturing process.
  4. Close Gap Between Detection Point and Point of Failure.  If there are defects in the process, MES detection minimizes the cost and resource loss of the defect.
  5. Controlled Rework Process Flows.  When defects occur, they are often salvageable – with the correct re-work.  Implementation of the MES system adds structure and control when a rework is required.
  6. Adding Statistical Processing Control.  For process monitoring and/or characterization, an SPC can be added to the MES system.
  7. Utilizing MES data for metrics and root cause analysis for failures – or to drive perfect quality.

In sum, implementation of a paperless Manufacturing Execution System is at the heart of the manufacturing process.  Think of the MES as a system of authority for how a product is manufactured – as it works in alliance with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).  Implementation of MES is an outstanding opportunity for small to medium sized manufacturers to increase effectiveness and efficiency. 

In the next blog, we will delve into the many opportunities the industry presents by introducing the specifications of Camstar MES Suite.  Stay tuned!

Importantly, this information will be presented in a webinar hosted by Seabrook Technology Group and Siemens on Wednesday, April 10 2019 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST.  Register for this FREE WEBINAR by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camstar-mes-for-medical-device-manufacturers-tickets-55155024162

FREE WEBINAR: Camstar MES for SMB Medical Device Manufacturers
DATE:  Wednesday, April 10 2019 / 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

Providing a Paperless Manufacturing Solution: Manufacturing Execution Systems for Medical Device Companies of All Sizes

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…implementation of a paperless Manufacturing Execution System allows the operators to focus on the quality of the product and process – not on the paperwork. Think of the MES as a system of authority for how a product in manufactured – as it works in alliance with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

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Frustrated by Paper: Challenges and Difficulties SMBs Face When Utilizing Paper-Driven Manufacturing

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The manufacturing industry is often regarded as one that is at the forefront of
technology adoption.  There are many manufacturers, however, who continue to rely on a paper-driven process.  This is especially prevalent in the small-to-medium
medical device and biotech manufacturing industries. 

Manufacturing, by nature, is a process-centric industry, so the transformation from
paper-driven processes to paperless can seem daunting.  Let’s take a moment to reflect, however, on the limitations and difficulties associated with paper-based manufacturing, and
we will look ahead (in the next article) to the benefits of a paperless MES
Suite for the small-to-medium sized medical device manufacturer.

Paper deserves credit for modernizing the sharing of information throughout the ages, however, like all pieces of technology, paper is quickly becoming obsolete. The manufacturing industry is no stranger to the challenges faced in a paper-based environment, including accuracy, storage, security, labor, and paper costs.

According to Seabrook Technology Group Global COO, John Dzelme, “[paper-driven
manufacturing] does not force the manufacturers to collect the correct data,and in case the data collection is out of specification, it will not prevent the manufacturing process from continuing.” This is especially problematic in the medical device industry, as “it is
critically important to prevent errors and defects from eventually getting to the patient,” according to Dzelme.  (CIO Review, October 7, 2018)

In a paper-driven domain, audits, checks, and double-checks are standard.  The time spent on paper evaluation can often be twice the amount of time spent focusing on the actual manufactured product.  In addition to time spent, paper processes can lead to documentation errors, product quality issues, and lack of traceability.   Exploring paperless manufacturing is an opportunity for small-to-medium manufacturers to increase their competitive advantages. Stepping into the paperless revolution creates a more secure and more accurate process, while leading the way to greater revenues. In our next blog, we will discuss the benefits for paperless manufacturing for the small-to-medium medical device manufacturer, and we will build a case for paperless manufacturing by delving into the many opportunities the industry presents and by introducing the specifications of Camstar MES Suite. 

Importantly, this information will be presented in a webinar hosted by Seabrook Technology Group and Siemens on Wednesday, April 10 2019 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. BST (11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST).  Register for this FREE WEBINAR by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camstar-mes-for-medical-device-manufacturers-tickets-55155024162

FREE WEBINAR: Camstar MES for SMB Medical Device Manufacturers
DATE:  Wednesday, April 10 2019 / 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST