4 Ways Real-Time Monitoring Can Improve Medical Device Manufacturing
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4 Ways Real-Time Monitoring Can Improve Medical Device Manufacturing

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Real-time monitoring will increase productivity, improve customer service and will provide end-to-end visibility across production sectors.

FREMONT, CA: Most of the medical device manufacturers will rely on artificial intelligence, real-time monitoring, IoT, and blockchain applications in the coming years. These advanced technologies will automate the process, improve product quality, and increase productivity.

Here are some of the ways to streamline the medical device manufacturing process with real-time monitoring:

1. Removing production bottlenecks that other sources of data do not catch

Real-time process monitoring can capture data on why bottlenecks are happening and why. It also helps the manufacturers to reduce scrap while improving on-time deliveries. The data gathered during the real-time monitoring process are now included as part of their quality management and compliance systems. It provides the most accurate measure of machinery yield. All the manufacturers who have adopted real-time monitoring are providing better service to their customers and are seeing improved production efficiency.

2. Achieving greater sustainability across production networks

To attain sustainability in the production process, it is necessary to excel at monitoring energy consumption and finding waste. Real-time monitoring can achieve these goals smoothly at all medical device production centers. The data collected from real-time monitoring will help manufacturers to find problems related to the device and can respond quickly to future issues. It also empowers manufacturers by providing end-to-end visibility during the production process.

3. Trim down fault errors

The real-time monitoring provides knowledge of online tool conditions and improving mean time between failure (MTBF) and mean time to repair (MTTR). It helps the manufacturers to reduce both hard and soft fault errors. Hard fault errors are tool breakage, door closure, tool presence, and work piece presence; and soft errors include machinery acceleration, temperature variation, force, and vibration.

4. Enable track-and-trace accuracy in production plants

Nowadays, most of the manufacturers depend on real-time monitoring to enable track-and-trace. Most of the medical manufacturers are investing in the fundamentals of track-and-trace to more sophisticated queries and analysis. Enhanced track-and-trace accuracy can lead to more excellent real-time logistics synchronization. Pharmaceutical manufacturers expect to host more than fifty audits each quarter, so real-time monitoring will enable them to achieve the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 821 requirement.

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