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Product Focus: Manufacturing meets Industry 4.0

November 1, 2019 by Meagan Parrish

From increased connectivity throughout operations to better data analysis and automation tools, vendors have innovated solutions to transform every stage of production.

There’s no question that pharma products have become more sophisticated in recent years — from tissue engineered medicines to targeted gene therapies. But despite these advances, many parts of the manufacturing process are still in need of a technology-driven upgrade.

“Modern technology enables timely delivery of information to the shop floor to meet the requirements of innovative therapies like precision medicines, which requires a new level of agility in manufacturing,” says Mike Jovanis, vice president of quality at Veeva Systems.

From increased connectivity throughout operations to better data analysis and automation tools, vendors have innovated solutions to transform every stage of production.

Ditching the paper trail

There’s no speedier way to send information than with the touch of a button. Yet, companies continue to drown in paper-based systems that leave more room for error and hinder useful analysis.

“The content on the manufacturing floor is most often accessed through paper binders or custom applications,” Jovanis says. “Without digital distribution of documents, videos, procedures, and work instructions, it is hard to keep pace with frequent updates and changes.”

Veeva’s new Vault Station Manager provides a unified suite of cloud-based quality applications in one handy mobile application. According to Jovanis, Vault Station Manager synchronizes three applications — Vault QualityDocs, Vault QMS and Vault Training — so that administrators can centrally manage, distribute, and track the content being used at each facility, station, or device. Using this approach gives organizations complete visibility into the documents and videos manufacturing teams are leveraging for improved efficiency and reduced compliance risk.

“Cloud applications designed specifically for pharmaceutical manufacturing, for instance, run on mobile devices and support manufacturing processes with up-to-date content. Ultimately, a digitally connected shop floor enables increased efficiency and collaboration that is crucial in today’s environment,” he says.

Read full article here: https://www.pharmamanufacturing.com/articles/2019/product-focus-manufacturing-meets-industry-4-0/