Posts Tagged ‘operations management’

Digital Transformation to Paperless Production

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. No comments yet
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Manufacturing processes have long been paper-based with log entries, initialing, signoffs and other transactions to manually record. While automation systems have captured some of this manual recordkeeping, they have not been able to capture everything. In batch manufacturing processes that produce thousands of batches each year, maintaining paper records for each batch is a time-consuming, […]

Reducing Communications Problems during Shift Changeovers

Posted in Operations Management on Monday, April 27th, 2015. One comment so far
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Sources of unplanned downtime can be many including equipment failures and human error. For downtime resulting from operator interactions, one major source of errors is the communications breakdown that sometimes happens during a shift change. If not told or seen in captured notes and observations, the incoming operators may lack visibility to the key tasks […]

Planning Process for Life Science Optimization Projects

Posted in Life Sciences on Friday, January 17th, 2014. 6 comments so far
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For many process manufacturers with lean engineering staffs, partnering with outside automation specialists is critical for successful automation and optimization projects. Emerson’s Michalle Adkins, who leads the Life Sciences Industry Solutions consulting team, shared ways her team works with pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers in improving and optimizing their production processes. The project execution lifecycle typically […]

Prototyping Key in Manufacturing Execution System Projects

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Thursday, November 7th, 2013. 3 comments so far
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In an earlier post, Five Strategies for Mitigating Automation Project Risk, we highlighted the importance of prototyping: Risks in budget, schedule, changes, and project execution can be reduced with a prototyping strategy. Prototyping helps incorporate operational philosophies into the upfront engineering, helps ensure consistent look and feel, and provides a visual medium to communicate designs […]

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Impact of Single Use Technologies on Automation and Information Management

Posted in Life Sciences, Operations Management on Thursday, April 25th, 2013. One comment so far
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One of the conversations happening among pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers is around the “facility of the future”. I caught up with Emerson’s Gary Mitchell, a consultant on the Life Sciences industry team. He shared some of the trends prompting this relook at how manufacturing processes are designed. Through modular, hybrid and off-the-shelf designs such as […]