Chemical manufacturers face a balancing act every day. The balance between profit and production of the best (and least harmful) products available can indeed be hard to achieve. When it comes to quality, chemical companies also face the following challenges:
- High Costs: Quality systems can be expensive so it's common for chemical facilities to maintain separate systems at their respective locations. This "ad-hoc" system often results in gaps where information can be lost or compromised. An ad-hoc system–in the long run–also costs a company more due to lost information, communication errors, slower process completion times and increased deviations, nonconformance events, etc.
- Search and Retrieval Issues: In terms of documentation one of the main problems experienced in a regulated chemical industry environment is the difficulty in retrieving important documentation quickly and efficiently. SOPs, quality manuals and other essential documentation are documents that chemical professionals can't afford to compromise. Chemical companies are in great need of document version control, audit trails, reportable data and highly secure and easily accessible documentation. This of course is not available with an ad-hoc system and is certainly not available when documentation is "controlled" manually.
- Inefficient System: Ad-hoc and paper-based systems are far too inefficient to handle task-heavy processes such as customer complaints, change control and CAPA processes. These processes are iterative in nature and need to be tracked and audited automatically for best results.
- Poor Turnaround: Every process turnaround time makes a difference when it comes to getting a product to market or to its next stage of manufacturing. It's important to reduce turnaround time at every step of every essential process. For this reason, MasterControl has hired experts to research and develop state-of-the-art solutions for compliance and product lifecycle management.
Benefits of Compliance
An effective compliance system can track and manage incidents so that they can be resolved and closed at a faster rate. It can also help ensure that employees are trained in regard to relevant safety procedures as well as ensure documents are properly controlled and can be easily located. However, compliance can result in more than quality; it can result in greater profits when it's strategically planned and managed. Compliance with certain regulations and standards also raise compliant chemical companies to a new level relative to their competition.
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MasterControl produces software solutions that enable regulated companies to get their products to market faster, while reducing overall costs and increasing internal efficiency. MasterControl securely manages a company's critical information throughout the entire product lifecycle. Our software is known for being easy to implement, easy to validate and easy to use. MasterControl solutions include quality management, document management, product lifecycle management, audit management, training management, document control, bill of materials, supplier management, submissions management, and more. Supported by a comprehensive array of services based on industry best practices, MasterControl provides our customers with a complete information management solution across the entire enterprise.