• Rolling the Dice on Cannabis Manufacturing

    17 January, 2019 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Cannabis is complicated, with constantly changing legalities surrounding the industry. Companies wanting to enter this market might find the financial forecasts appealing, but they should also be aware of and prepared for the risks of this unique industry.

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  • How Sustainable Manufacturing Can Help the Environment and Your ROI

    16 January, 2019 by Mike Rigert, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Sustainable manufacturing is no longer just a buzzword that looks good in your company’s annual report. Technology has advanced to the point where implementing sustainable manufacturing best practices can reduce waste and energy use while still delivering the quality, cost-effective products your customers want.

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  • 4 Tips to Improve Your Medical Device Regulatory Submissions

    15 January, 2019 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Regulatory affairs (RA) professionals in the medical device industry essentially want the same thing: to improve their submissions worldwide for a faster time to market. Alex Butler, an industry veteran, has two words for his peers — global approach. He shares some tips for achieving an effective global strategy.

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  • Call and Response: RFPs and Vendor Proposals

    10 January, 2019 by Ray Sison, VP of Pharmaceutical Outsourcing and Tech Transfer, xCell Strategic Consulting

    In Part 2 of a pair of articles on pharma companies having a better and more effective vendor selection experience, it’s clear that a thorough request for proposal (RFP) and well-defined vendor selection SOP are essential. By controlling the vendor selection information, you can control the process and negotiate the best deal.

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  • Modernizing Manufacturing With Digital Trends

    9 January, 2019 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Stagnation is the enemy of most businesses in most industries, making it hard to keep up – especially when it comes to technology. Managers starting to modernize their manufacturing floor should consider how to use that technology to make more products available more quickly with more advancements.

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  • Need Help With Vendor Selection? Don’t Pick Up the Phone Until You Answer 3 Simple Questions

    8 January, 2019 by Ray Sison, VP of Pharmaceutical Outsourcing and Tech Transfer, xCell Strategic Consulting

    Vendor selection in pharmaceutical manufacturing and related life sciences sectors is never an easy process. But incorporating comprehensive SOPs that answer three key questions can make for much smoother discussions during the selection process and contract negotiations.

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  • Despite a Focus on Risk Management, Why Do Unthinkable Things Continue to Happen?

    3 January, 2019 by Rod Farrar, Director, Paladin Risk Management Services

    Accidents and errors, in life and in manufacturing more specifically, continue to happen despite heightened levels of risk management and international standards. Find out why time, frequency and probability can’t be factored in to calculate likelihood and learn the key to determining actual risk.

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  • 5 Keys to Helping Your Device Company Gain MDSAP Certification

    2 January, 2019 by Jean-Christophe Gourmanel and Tifany Desprez, Apsalys, a MasterControl Partner

    The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) can help give your medtech company an edge in international markets. In Part 3 of this three-part series, find out how to most seamlessly navigate your company through the MDSAP audit process.

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  • Modernizing the FDA’s 510(k) Review Process: Pros, Cons and the Twilight Zone, Part 3

    2 January, 2019 by Alex Butler, Manager of Medical Device Solutions, MasterControl

    This is the last article of a three-part series on the need to modernize the FDA’s 510(k) program. This blog post explains why using the strictest standard as the foundation for your submissions worldwide, even in countries that are relatively lenient, is the right thing to do in terms of both ethics and economics.

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  • 3 Things You Need to Know About Industry 5.0

    28 December, 2018 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Whether you like it or not, you should brace yourself for Industry 5.0. The term refers to people working alongside robots and smart machines. If that definition brought to mind the image of Will Smith battling evil robots in the movie “I, Robot,” here are a few things you need to know about Industry 5.0.

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  • Champagne: A Staple of Celebration; A Legacy of Quality

    27 December, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Champagne has long been a staple of holidays and momentous occasions. The bubbly beverage is also deeply rooted in culture and tradition. To coincide with the mirth and merriment of the holiday season, this article discusses the rich history of Champagne and how it has become synonymous with quality.

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  • MDSAP: Guiding Your Company Through the Audit Process

    26 December, 2018 by Jean-Christophe Gourmanel and Tifany Desprez, Apsalys, a MasterControl Partner

    Now that you understand what the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) is and how it can benefit your medtech company, learn more about MDSAP’s audit process and how to successfully steer your company through the specifics of the journey. This is Part 2 of a three-part blog series about MDSAP.

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  • Safety Is the Key to 6S

    20 December, 2018 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, Master Control

    5S, the system of workplace standardization and organization which originated in Japan, has helped countless manufacturers reduce waste and optimize efficiency. Now, a sixth “S” is turning this lean initiative into a centerpiece of corporate culture, making it more about people than profit.

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  • Modernizing the FDA's 510(k) Review Process: Pros, Cons and the Twilight Zone, Part 2

    19 December, 2018 by Alex Butler, Manager of Medical Device Solutions, MasterControl

    This is Part 2 of a series of three articles on the need to modernize the FDA’s 510(k) clearance process. This blog post discusses the pros and cons of the program in general and the dangerous loophole in the equivalence approach.

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  • A Risk-Based Approach to Auditing and Qualifying Suppliers and Vendors

    18 December, 2018 by Joy McElroy, Consultant and Business Development Director, Maynard Consulting Company

    For a manufacturer, qualifying vendors and suppliers can be challenging due to varying philosophies and expectations. To avoid ambiguity and uncertainty, manufacturers should have SOPs and policies for interacting with vendors and suppliers. Audits and quality assurance assessments will go smoother with open and clear channels of communication between all parties that will result in improved compliance.

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  • Wanted: Chief Robotics Officers in Manufacturing

    13 December, 2018 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The concept of working robots has come a long way since Isaac Asimov’s science fiction stories circa 1940s. Today, robots work in Amazon warehouses, streamline the manufacturing process at Adidas, and serve amenities in Crowne Plaza hotels. How long will it take before we start seeing wanted ads for chief robotics officers (CRO) to manage a combined human and robotic workforce?

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  • Modernizing the FDA’s 510(k) Review Process: Pros, Cons and the Twilight Zone, Part 1

    12 December, 2018 by Alex Butler, Manager of Medical Device Solutions, MasterControl

    This blog post is the first of a series of three articles on the need to modernize the FDA’s 510(k) clearance process. Part 1 discusses key points of the ICIJ investigation on the medical device industry, the FDA’s response, and the implications of this hot-button public debate in the near future.

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  • Santa Embraces Manufacturing Excellence

    6 December, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    When you’ve got a hard deadline, efficiency is everything and no one knows this better than Santa. While he has the entire year to prepare for December 25th, he’s also preparing up until the last second to ensure he’s got everything ready for the big day. To pull this off, he needs a reliable digital production records solution.

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  • From Smart to Brilliant and Beyond: 3 Ways AI Is Changing Manufacturing

    5 December, 2018 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Artificial intelligence (AI) offers unprecedented opportunities for productivity and economic growth in manufacturing and other key industries. Manufacturers are already leveraging AI on the factory floor in highly innovative ways and seeing measurable results.

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  • The Importance of Knowing What You Don’t Know About Drug Development

    4 December, 2018 by Arvilla Trag, RAC, Consultant, BioProcess Technology

    New drug development is Sunday drive, especially for startups. There can be costly mistakes and unanticipated roadblocks that pop up when you least expect it. Learn how to steer clear of hazards, what to do and who to talk to.

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