• Top 4 Manufacturing Trends Impacting the Batch Record Process in 2019

    5 February, 2019 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Technology is changing the way we do everything, and pharmaceutical manufacturing is no exception. A new MasterControl white paper discusses the tech trends pharma manufacturers should prepare for in 2019, particularly as they relate to the business-critical – and notoriously inefficient – batch record process.

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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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  • 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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