– What is Paperless Manufacturing?
– What is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and
– Why and when do I need an MES?
During the past decade or so, many Medical Device, Diagnostics, and Biotech manufacturers have been improving their IT systems to comply with the industry’s requirements, focusing heavily on their business operations, inventories, and sales – resulting in the neglect of other improvements for the manufacturing process and the plant itself.
Many organizations have invested large amounts of capital in these types of projects, with many of them involving ERP implementations. Recently, being aware of the actual return on these investments, leaders are much more educated and have a more realistic understanding and expectation of the results of these implementations. This realization can lead to skepticism toward large capital investments, as manufacturers may not fully see the expected return on investment that was originally expected. For example, a successful ERP is vital to operational excellence, but when a strong MES solution is partnered with an ERP, the return on investment is significantly magnified.
Currently, however, manufacturing is one of the most heavily regulated industries, and more so are the branches of manufacturing related to Medical Devices, Biotech, and Life Sciences. Thus, many in these industries are faced with the challenge of redirecting their efforts to increase efficiency, improve quality, gather data to make better decisions, to upgrade their manufacturing processes. Because of this, the question arises, again: Why and when do I need an MES?
A few of points to consider:
According to Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA), some examples of these issues include:
– High cycle times
– Poor synchronization of materials and information between process areas
– High cost per unit
– Extended equipment downtime
– Low material yields
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All of these questions that each organization would ask themselves are needed to consider whether an MES is worth implementing – or whether their pain points could be addressed with another solution.
Seabrook Technology Group is a boutique type organization specialized in Connected Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) for the biotech medical devices and diagnostics industries. During the past 30 years the organization has been working alongside these companies (see Clients) to improve their manufacturing and operations through Smart Manufacturing Solutions.
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The implementation of this solution is based on Seabrook’s Rapid Implementation Methodology (RIM) which is established on the premise of reducing the total cost of ownership by accelerating the implementation time from 12 months to 3-4 months, which overall becomes more affordable to manufacturers of any size, and specially to small to medium size manufacturers planning to grow their manufacturing.
The solution is an OOTB solution that is hosted on the AWS Cloud platform, making it easily scalable and highly secure, as it enables each company to have their individual cloud, reducing the IT infrastructure needed to support this solution in-house.