How will Connected Shop Floors Revolutionize Pharma Manufacturing?
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How will Connected Shop Floors Revolutionize Pharma Manufacturing?

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Thursday, September 26, 2019

To achieve speed and agility in pharma manufacturing operations, there is a need for organizations to migrate from siloed systems to integrated platforms.

FREMONT, CA: The digital dawn is steadily sweeping away the archaic approaches of paper-based operations and siloed processes. The manual processes and distinct silos have slowed down productivity as well as efficiency. However, the cutthroat competition in the market is spurring organizations to modernize their operations through advanced mobile applications that can introduce agility and efficiency, and at the same time, maintain quality and compliance.

The implementation of a connected shop floor will enable manufacturing organizations to achieve enhanced visibility. Companies need intelligent and agile manufacturing facilities to ensure enhanced operational alignment, as well as to empower their workforce with simplified access to the relevant information. The incorporation of cloud solutions has aided organizations to implement enhanced connectivity, bringing together people, processes, and technology to drive the digital revolution on the shop floor.

The emergence of precision medicines and the sophisticated processes involved in the supply chain during natural disasters and political instability are spurring pharma manufacturing industries to revamp their business strategies. Since personalized drugs are manufactured in small volumes, large-scale production processes cannot accommodate highly individualized medicines. The scalability of customized medicine not only requires robust automation strategies but streamlined workflows as well.f

The conventional approach involves the utilization of paper binders or siloed applications with limited accessibility. The lack of digital distribution of procedures and work instructions make it challenging to maintain updated content. Also, the lack of flexibility makes it harder for organizations to adapt to the changes in the workflow when manufacturing new products.

Companies such as Veeva are launching robust cloud applications designed to modernize the shop floor. It allows the manufacturing organizations to enhance their operations with up-to-date content, and seamless integration with quality management systems and mobile devices. A connected shop floor can ensure higher agility, flexibility, and speed in delivering and gathering real-time information.

Connected shop floors can offer greater visibility to organizations, enabling them to make informed decisions. The managers can track the content in each of the facilities, stations, and devices, updating it regularly. Video content and design instructions can be directly shared among the shop floor employees to augment efficiency and compliance. Hence, digital health data will enable the organizations to effectively train the shop floor teams, further improving the functionality and quality of the manufacturing operations.

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