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 As small-to-medium medical device and biotech manufacturers are aware, the outdated paper-based process is time-consuming, inefficient, and costly.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:
- 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.
- 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.
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
DATE: Wednesday, April 10 2019 / 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST