Lean Manufacturing: The role of continuous processing in the pharmaceutical industry

By Nigel J. Smart PhD, Managing Partner, Smart Consulting Group

Pharmaceutical Processing – August 2012

One of the fundamental tenants of lean manufacturing relates to the use of continuous processing as a game changing methodology to replace more traditional batch processing.

At the heart of this philosophy is the basic concept that to reduce individual break points in the manufacturing process reduces the non-added value work components of the process. In reducing these manufacturing breakpoints, many of the seven forms of waste can be eliminated which ultimately has a significant impact on the efficiency of the overall pharmaceutical production process.

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