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  • Four 2019 Manufacturing Batch Record Trends Holding Up in 2020

    10 July, 2020 Dale Thompson, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Manufacturing batch record trends from 2019 have picked up speed in 2020. Now is the time to focus on becoming data-centric, move to digital batch records, utilize the potential of workers on the shop floor, and create a truly paperless manufacturing environment.

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  • How to Align Quality Across an Expanding Ecosystem

    7 July, 2020 By James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    As companies grow more reliant on geographically dispersed contractors, partners, vendors and business units, it gets harder to align quality across all the entities involved. Learn how global companies like Fagron maintain quality consistency across multiple sites and discover why connecting data and processes within a robust digital platform is the surest way to align quality across your entire ecosystem.

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  • How Electronic Production Records Can Extend Manufacturers’ Digital Edge

    2 June, 2020 by David Butcher

    Even as manufacturers invest in system digitization and automation, the people responsible for production records have been left to manage paper, spreadsheets and other standalone systems to collect, record and interpret data relating to production and quality processes. By extending digitization beyond their core systems to their production records, manufacturers can gain a more complete view of their data, optimize manufacturing and ensure quality throughout the production life cycle.

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  • How Digital Production Records Can Build Quality Into Production

    5 March, 2020 by David Butcher, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Despite the investments that manufacturers have made in core digitization and automation, many producers stop short of digitizing their production records and other shop floor data collection efforts. The shop floor is a critical, but often overlooked, opportunity to make quality proactive rather than reactive. Every operator, step and output of the production process is a chance to establish quality and compliance – but only if operators have the tools to deliver quality at the source.

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  • 3 Personalized Medicine Trends for 2020

    25 February, 2020 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The idea behind personalized medicine has always been the goal for health care professionals, but it’s becoming truly achievable with recent advances in technology. For pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the market, here are three trends to help you through 2020.

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  • Shop Floor Perspective: How Eliminating Paper Elevates the People at Wellington Foods

    26 September, 2019 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    As the manufacturing floor becomes more digitized and automated, a curious thing is happening. Instead of replacing human workers, advanced tech is highlighting the importance of people as decision-makers and innovators. The lesson that many companies are now learning firsthand is that if digital transformation is to fully deliver on its potential, it must support and adapt to human processes and preferences, not the other way around.

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  • Pharma Companies See Measurable ROI With Digitized Manufacturing

    24 September, 2019 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Pharmaceutical manufacturing typically functions in a constant flurry of hard-to-satisfy demands, ranging from stringent compliance requirements and production schedules to developing strategies for continuous improvement. One of the presentations at the 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting and Expo, Oct. 27-30 in Las Vegas, will provide attendees with insight on how pharmaceutical companies are using digital technologies to avoid manufacturing obstacles while strengthening their competitive posture in the industry.

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  • Paperless Manufacturing: 3 Metrics That Matter

    3 September, 2019 by David Butcher, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    In initial conversations, life sciences companies considering a move to digital production records told MasterControl they anticipate they will be able to achieve 30% efficiency gains, according to a MasterControl customer spotlight titled “Metrics That Matter for Quality Manufacturing.” This blog post offers a glimpse of how those expectations are becoming reality as new data is collected.

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  • When Sparks Fly: Conflict Resolution for Quality and Manufacturing

    18 July, 2019 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Sparks have long flown between quality and manufacturing, and the adversarial nature of their relationship seems to be an accepted reality. But rarely does the discussion move beyond simply recognizing that a conflict exists. What is the cause of the divide? How can it be bridged? And what do companies stand to gain by doing so?

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  • 3 Quantifiable Benefits Manufacturers Can Achieve by Eliminating Paper

    16 July, 2019 by James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    In the manufacturing world, calculable metrics and reproducible outcomes are all that matter. Learn about the three main measurable benefits that manufacturers are realizing by replacing their paper-based processes and production record management practices with fully digitized systems.

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  • Completing the Lean Manufacturing Journey With Digitalization

    14 May, 2019 by Dave Edwards, Executive Vice President, MasterControl

    Many occupying the manufacturing C-suite have embraced the principles of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement because they affect their bottom line. Yet a large portion of manufacturers continue to rely on error-prone, costly document management and recordkeeping systems on the shop floor. Reap the greatest benefits from lean by embracing the digital transformation and upgrading your organization’s culture of quality.

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  • Top 5 Shop Floor Safety Tips

    24 January, 2019 by James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Shop floor safety lapses lead to injuries, low morale, lawsuits, damaged reputations and reduced productivity. Learn the top five strategies for optimizing shop floor safety practices and establishing a culture of safety across a manufacturing enterprise.

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  • 4 Common Pains in Managing Device History Records

    22 January, 2019 by David Butcher, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    In medical device and diagnostic manufacturing, companies must keep a complete and accurate record of each product they produce in the form of a device history record (DHR). The DHR is literally the history of the device, and manufacturers in the business of medical technology face common challenges when using a paper-based or partially electronic system.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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