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Camstar Medical Device Suite: Top of the Class in Paperless Manufacturing

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 By eliminating an outdated paper-based system and implementing Camstar Medical Device Suite, companies soon realize the benefits of a fully electronic, self-auditing MES that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

See why Camstar Medical Device Suite is the choice for Medical Device Manufacturers throughout the world.

Learn Camstar details and gain greater knowledge about paperless manufacturing solutions by attending an upcoming webinar hosted by Seabrook Technology Group on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST. Register for this FREE WEBINAR by visiting this link.

End-to-End Manufacturing Solutions for Medical Device Manufacturers: Camstar Medical Device Suite

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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

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

Questions about Camstar MES or the FREE webinar? Simply email us: [email protected]

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.

Please join us for this free webinar!

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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Why MES can – and does – work for SMBs

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A question often posed by smaller and medium sized manufacturing enterprises, is whether they really need a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Sometimes they will argue that because of their size and the volume of their output, they have no need for MES. Regardless of the size of a manufacturing organization however, MES is necessary to achieve lean manufacturing, operational excellence and, will become even more mission critical as we edge closer to Industry 4.0.

This is especially true for medical device manufacturers. Heavily regulated industries need robust tracking and tracing capabilities. Manufacturing processes in this sector are becoming increasingly complex in order to keep up with the demand for more sophisticated products and in order to comply with more stringent regulations. Whether you are a small manufacturer or a global giant, you will have to produce devices of unprecedented quality, while simultaneously complying with ever stricter regulations in order to remain relevant and competitive.

MES and Lean Manufacturing

Reducing the cost of goods sold through lean manufacturing and the elimination of waste is a target for every medical device manufacturer, regardless of size. Eradication of waste can be achieved easily with MES. For example, it facilitates a paperless system.

In an assessment we undertook for a cardiac resuscitation device company that implemented Camstar MES, we found that there was an $88,000 reduction in paperwork management costs and a $32,600 drop in paper costs, storage and boxing costs. Benefiting from cost reduction while moving towards lean manufacturing is advantageous for SMBs in such a competitive industry as medical device manufacturing.

MES and accurate reporting of real-time data

A manufacturer’s future competitive advantage will be contingent on the integration of accurate and real-time data from the shop floor to the business floor. Medical device manufacturers of all sizes need to ensure that the machines on the factory floor are communicating with each other and with the organization’s enterprise level systems. MES facilitates this communication. It also removes the risk of human error from manual inputting of data.

MES can feed back real-time data from the factory floor that is precise and that identifies and corrects operational problems and issues. The visibility of this real time data allows manufacturers to take immediate action. These rapid responses are crucial in today’s market. Any improvements on the shop floor are also communicated with precision and in real time, leading to more efficient processes. In short, MES drives operations and operational excellence.

Can SMBs afford MES?

Although SMBs do not have the same economies of scale as their larger counterparts, the argument still stands that MES is a necessity as we move ever closer to Industry 4.0. The good news is that the cost of technology is falling. MES is becoming more affordable for SMBs – who will see a Return on Investment shortly after implementation. For example, in the first three months after implementation, cost reductions, improved productivity and enhanced efficiency will be experienced. A year on, an organization will see shorter workflow cycles, coupled with other benefits. And these benefits will continue to build on each other until true intelligent and lean manufacturing is achieved.

Of course for SMBs, the vendor they choose is also an extremely important consideration. When making the investment, you need to be sure that you will also have continuous support, back-up and expertise to rely on. Seabrook Technology Group excels at this. We are recognized specialists in MES and lean manufacturing. To find out more about our package, contact me at any time at [email protected]

 

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Seabrook COO John Dzelme writes guest blog for Med Tech Intelligence

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Seabrook’s Global Chief Operating Officer John Dzelme has written a highly informative guest blog on why medical device manufacturers can’t ignore Industry 4.0 for the popular website Med Tech Intelligence.

John Dzelme, who is an internationally recognized expert in MES and lean manufacturing, discusses how advanced software, technology and manufacturing processes will help companies stay competitive in this new era of the global ‘smart’ or ‘digital’ factory.

He describes the four ways Industry 4.0 will impact medical device manufacturing from how the the Internet of Things will be central to why manufacturing processes must support Cyber-Physical Systems.

You can read the full article here.