Global Pains Lead To Transformative Strategies
In this, the 6th annual UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey, evidence emerges of a coming shift in the healthcare supply chain, as executives look to their supply chains to drive business change and meet business goals. Learn more.
By Hemi Sagi, Advanced Test Concepts (ATC Inc.)
A major pharmaceutical company in North America, with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, had a problem, which was not unique to them. Their manufacturing process engineers could not reliably verify that their pouch packages were sealed properly, and the product could potentially ship with questionable packaging which would fail stability testing.
By Roger J. Bleiler, Ph.D., MOCON, Inc.
Imported wood pallets have come under fire recently for allegedly imparting odors to the products being stacked and distributed on them. Several product recalls have been announced due to consumer complaints about moldy or musty odors that have been associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
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 impediments to taking their businesses beyond a solely domestic focus.
By Tony Harrison and Bob Latimer, Hach Ultra Analytics
ISO 21501 is a new family of standards describing the instruments and calibration requirements for determining particle size distribution using light interaction methods. It represents the culmination of work by instrumentation manufacturers and industry users and comes at a critical time for the life sciences industry, because of the increasing trend for real-time air particle monitoring in cleanrooms using light scattering air particle counters.
By Sean Birch, Applications Engineer, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Cleanroom classification and class limits are established in ISO 14644-1 , while specifications for testing and monitoring to prove continued compliance are established in ISO 14644-2.
By Russ Krainiak And Ronnie Harris, Custom Powder Systems
In containment, it is essential that airflow must match the filter-rated flow used in the system. The American Glovebox Society and several other industry guides set these standards. Typically, the ideal filter for airflow of 100 feet per minute would be: used to protect an operator during a glovebox breech or used for downflow booth ceiling to floor airflow velocity. It is a number based on removal of a particle with a known predictable capture velocity.
By Sharon Nowak, Coperion K-Tron
Volumetric feeders control flow by discharging a consistent volume of material. They are best used when bulk density is consistent, long-term feed accuracy is not critical, and feeder performance does not need to be documented.