The manufacturing industry is often regarded as one 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, but the benefits of incorporating a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) are numerous, and include:
- The elimination of the need for paper, saving endless time and financial resources
- Full traceability of the process in an electronic format
- Inherently less review time, as the MES is self-auditing
- Quick analysis and characterization of the manufacturing process
Implementation of a paperless Manufacturing Execution System allows the operators to focus on the quality of the product and process – not on the paperwork. An implemented MES enforces that the product is manufactured per the Device Master Record (DMR) and captures the actual manufacturing history regarding material consumption and production detail records (the “who, what, and when”).
Exploring further, as 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adding Statistical Processing Control. For process monitoring and/or characterization, an SPC can be added to the MES system.
- Utilizing MES data for metrics and root cause analysis for failures – or to drive perfect quality.
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 partnership with Siemens, we at Seabrook recommend utilization and implementation of the CamstarTM 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. CamstarTM 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.
It has been our experience that companies that utilize the CamstarTM Medical Device Suite can quickly realize significant reduction in paper cost, cycle times, manufacturing-related complaints, scrap, and product review and release time.
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
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