Companies are moving faster than ever before.  Although product qualityregulation compliance, and risk mitigation are at the forefront of manufacturing, speed and innovation are becoming ever more important as companies seek to maintain pace with competition and customer demand.  These demands, when balanced with the need to contain cost, can be daunting for today’s medical device manufacturer. 

Introduction of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can ease these pain points, and Siemens Opcenter Execution Medical Device and Diagnostics (formerly Camstar Medical Device Suite) is the best in class. Specifically, Siemens Opcenter MDD enables medical device and diagnostics manufactures the ability to meet the challenges of product quality and compliance – without sacrificing profit. 

Siemens Opcenter MDD creates a paperless manufacturing environment, enforces industry best practices and compliance, eliminates non-value-added activities, and creates a self-auditing electronic Device History Record (eDHR) and electronic batch record (eBR) – leading to a more efficient and effective production.  Specifically, this solution can help manufacturers by offering the following benefits:

Reduced Cost and Risk of Compliance.  Siemens Opcenter MDD creates and electronic device history record (eDHR) and electronic batch record (eBR), thereby eliminating the cost of labor for manual creation, review, research etc. of a paper-based DHR.  In addition to the lowered cost, there is also a significant reduction in product quality issues and customer complaints. 

Increased Productivity and Profit Margin.  The Siemens Opcenter Execution eDHR and eBR enables operators to focus time on product production and quality rather than collecting data, reviewing documents, and completing paperwork.  In addition to a more-efficient manufacturing floor, costs are also reduced by elimination of paper, scrap reduction, and increased manufacturing velocity.

Enhanced Decision Making.  Because Siemens Opcenter includes actionable intelligence from dashboards, preconfigured reports, and the collection and correlation of data, companies utilizing this MES gain significant knowledge regarding the entire manufacturing process – allowing for enhanced, accurate decision making.

Increased Throughput and Yield.  Real-time visibility of the entire manufacturing process and work in process (WIP) is a significant advantage of Siemens Opcenter MES.  This visibility allows for better process enforcement and right-first-time production – leading to a reduction in scrap and rework.

Product and Process Traceability.  With Siemens Opcenter, a product, lot or unit can be traced across the supply chain, factory, multiple factories, or entire enterprise.  Traceability data includes forwards and backwards genealogy of materials consumed, processes and equipment utilized, exceptions, rework, signatures, and more. 

Exploring paperless manufacturing is an opportunity for small-to-medium manufacturers to increase their competitive advantages. Stepping into the paperless revolution creates a more secure and more accurate process, while leading the way to greater revenues.  Siemens Opcenter Execution is by far the most widely used and well-known MES in the industry.  It allows an organization to improve its competitive position, ensure compliance, and reduce product risks – all while significantly lowering costs.  It has been our experience that companies that utilize Siemens Opcenter Execution can quickly realize significant reduction in paper cost, cycle times, manufacturing-related complaints, scrap, and product review and release time. In addition to the many benefits, the ease of implementation is often easier than expected, regardless of the size of implementation.