By Stephen McIndoe BEng CEng MIET, VP Consulting, Be4ward
My previous articles have discussed the processes and capabilities required to develop a performing artwork and labeling ability in your organization. The next series of articles will now focus on some of the considerations to make when setting up a program to make these changes happen.
By Adrian Possumato, Global Director of Healthcare Packaging, Multisorb Technologies
As the healthcare market continues to grow and evolve, sorbent (desiccant, oxygen absorber, hydrocarbon adsorbent) manufacturers are faced with developing new sorbent formats that will allow placement flexibility while continuing to positively impact the drug or device stability profile.
By John Lewis, Market Development Manager, Cognex Corporation
As pharmaceutical manufacturers confront increased margin pressure in the coming years, they will look for new ways to lower their costs to install and maintain production lines. Having the option to choose smart camera vision systems, instead of being locked into PC-based vision systems at the machine level, can be a tremendous advantage that often results in a solution that's less expensive to install, less complex to validate, and less costly to maintain.
The Filamatic IFC In-Case Liquid Filler and Capper is a world-class, just-in-time packaging system. The system minimizes inventory, lead time, and labor cost, while effortlessly filling and capping containers from 90 ounces to 300 ounces at speeds of up to 15 cases a minute, or up to 30 a minute with a dual-lane system.
By Michael Boetzkes, Quality Manager, Vaisala Canada Inc. Life Science Division
Using the instrument maker’s tolerance, there is often a higher risk of an “Out of Tolerance” appearing on a calibration certificate; this costs money. Consider the following scenario: You have just received back from calibration the set of temperature sensors used to monitor the warehouse. Most of the instruments have been shown to be within manufacturer-published tolerances. A few of the instruments, though, are listed as out of tolerance. Now the fun starts!
By Scott Szwast, Healthcare Segment Marketing Director, UPS
It has been said that 'demographics are destiny,' and this is certainly true of the global growth of the middle class. Newly empowered consumers around the world are creating dynamic and expanding new markets for products that promise to sustain and improve the quality of their lives. International trade has become particularly important for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers because 57 percent of demand is now found outside of North America. Foreign markets are also manifesting the fastest growth. Yet less than one percent of U.S. healthcare companies export. What factors hinder pharmaceutical and medical device organizations from participating in the large and growing global marketplace? Many companies cite two primary concerns as the impediment to taking their businesses beyond a solely domestic focus.
By Wayne Garafola, Sartorius Stedim North America, Inc.
Integrity testing is a nondestructive physical test to determine the presence of over-sized pores or other defects that may compromise a given filter's retention capability. Performing filter integrity tests is a requirement by regulatory agencies (FDA, EU) when a product is labeled 'sterile.'
By Nick Hutchinson, Market Development Manager
The scale-up and transfer of manufacturing processes is common during the life cycle of biopharmaceutical molecules. A lack of understanding of process variations can lead to poor process performance and even failures during such transfers.
By Dr. Frank Westad, Chief Scientific Officer, CAMO Software
Multivariate statistical process monitoring (MSPM) has been established as a valuable tool for ensuring reliable product quality in the process industry. However, many organizations today are still not fully utilizing its potential to make significant improvements in their production environment.
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