Archive for the ‘Operations Management’ Category

Improving Raw Material Management Productivity

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. No comments yet
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For manufacturers in highly-regulated industries, such as pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, it is critical to keep track of raw materials as part of the production records. To minimize or avoid waste, it’s also important to use the first-to-expire raw materials from inventory. I caught up with Emerson’s Lynn Richard about his experiences to help a […]

Challenge of Designing PCS-Driven MES Architectures for a Greenfield Facility

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Monday, April 24th, 2017. No comments yet
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Author: Jonathan Lustri I have previously written about a design strategy where the process control system (PCS) is the primary system driving all procedural batch activity within a pharmaceutical process. In this architecture, the PCS ISA-88 procedural model must execute the both automated procedures and call the manufacturing execution system (MES) workflows to be executed […]

Best Practices Specifying MES Workflows for Life Sciences Projects

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Thursday, January 26th, 2017. No comments yet
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Author: Jonathan Lustri Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Life Sciences projects can be costly and be a challenge to keep in control. The biggest contributor to these challenges are the defining and design of manufacturing workflows. A Workflow is an MES procedural object used to replace the paper batch record. And for greenfield projects in particular, […]

Integrating Single Use Equipment More Easily with Control and Manufacturing Execution Systems

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016. No comments yet
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One of the trends in the biopharmaceutical industries that have taken root over the past decade and a half is the use of single-use, disposable equipment in the manufacturing process. Prior to their use, these facilities relied on inflexible, hard-piped equipment. An American Pharmaceutical Review article highlights the benefits of single-use equipment: Single-use disposable devices […]

Integrated Biometric Authentication in Electronic Records

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Thursday, August 4th, 2016. No comments yet
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How many of you have more passwords than you can possibly remember? Count me in with the affirmatives. Biometric authentication is one way to overcome this large and growing problem. For process manufacturers and producers, especially those in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, authenticated actions also need to be recorded to […]