As our world and our industry begins to emerge from the Covid 19 pandemic and all related impact, Medical Device manufacturers are not immune from feeling the effects of 12+ months of industrial uncertainty. 

One thing that has become increasingly clear over the past 12 months is that all companies must become agile in their business approach.  In no industry is this more evident than in Medical Device manufacturing. We have seen a vast difference between the success levels and sustainability of those manufacturers who are agile vs. those who are stagnant. What is the primary factor in these different approaches? Manufacturers who embrace digitalization of their processes are realizing the benefits of agility and transforming their businesses…and are separating themselves from their competitors now more than ever.   

By embracing digitalization, companies can take advantage of technology drivers across each phase of operations. The results:

• Manufacturing excellence through increased productivity and speed-to-market.

• Improved quality, in turn reducing warning letters, recalls, and additional adverse events.

• Enhanced accuracy through the elimination of paper trails and increased traceability throughout the manufacturing process.

• Reduced complications as issues are identified more quickly and errors are reduced.

• Realized success as costs decrease, throughput increases, and profit margin transcends current market and industry trends.

What Is Connected Manufacturing?

If agility is the desired result, the method to achieve that result is Connected Manufacturing for MedTech 4.0.  Connected Manufacturing aims to bring a fully integrated approach to medical technologies and manufacturing operations. Connected manufacturing processes are based on industry best practices and empower the digitalized organization to flexibly approach operations within the current climate.

Connected Manufacturing is not just a “product” or “service”, but a strategy that begins with an analysis of current systems, a review of manufacturing goals, and a journey toward full digitalization.  When Connected Manufacturing is realized, legacy (older/outdated) systems are removed and the “Frankenstein” approach (add on, change this, plug in, adjust) to manufacturing is eliminated. Additionally, Connected Manufacturing increases operational efficiency, supports compliance, and maximizes value throughout the manufacturing process (end-to-end). Current – and next generation- Medical Device Manufacturers must stay lean and agile if they want to survive and thrive as the world awakes from its current economic state. 

Check back soon, as we will take a deeper dive into each of the components of Connected Manufacturing for MedTech 4.0: Analytics, Execution (MES), Integration, IIOT, Cloud Services, and Manufacturing Apps (ManuApps).  Stay tuned!

Questions about transforming your manufacturing to a digital environment?  Let Seabrook help! Seabrook Technology Group consists of a team of global manufacturing experts and industry thought leaders.  As Connected Manufacturing experts, we bring end-to-end manufacturing solutions (people, processes, technology) together in a harmonized fashion to enable operational excellence for medical device manufacturers.  Our team consists of MESA Certified Consultants​, a CamstarTM Certified Team​, APICS, CPIM Certified Consultants​, PMP Certified Consultants​, and FDA Regulation Experts.  Our entire team brings their passion for Integration, Manufacturing Intelligence and DHR Requirements skillsets to their work.  Seabrook Technology Group is a global, privately held company which was founded in 1989.   ​

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