Tag Archives: LEAN principles

  • Microbiology: Transcending Waste With Lean Manufacturing

    … manufacturing along with its neglect of certain areas, especially quality assurance and microbial contamination testing, when implementing LEAN principles. Since most drug manufacturers use outdated and inefficient testing methods, this area is in critical need of waste and process-time reductions. Because standard testing methods require a minimum of three to seven days to yield results, during this period of product quarantine and testing resources are wasted instead of contributing to …

  • Qualified Lean Manufacturing Consultants: Make or Break

    … conveyors between machines because classic LEAN principles brand conveyors as excess and unnecessary,” a recommendation whose purpose was to promote “single-piece flow.” This recommendation was good in theory, but it failed to take into account “the differences between automotive production and packaging, not only in the speed of the line, but in the differences in materials being used.” The packaging materials used in the bottling plant were “highly variable, …

  • Innovative R&D Through Lean Manufacturing Principles

    … require considerable managerial skill and business acumen. The implementation of LEAN principles, along with the assistance and guidance of knowledgeable lean manufacturing consultants, can be immensely beneficial due to the estimated 20% reduction in cycle time.With respect to R&D, here are just a few of the areas where lean manufacturing implementation can benefit the innovative processes: Reduction of bottlenecks and concurrent resource requirements Implementation of single-piece flow …

  • 5 Important Factors to Measure in Your Lean Process Strategy

    … need to do first, is to set up a final layout and arrangement of the factory, to determine where the work cells will properly apply and where they will not.  The most important thing is not to make office processes invisible, but make them more visible and intelligently adapted to LEAN principles. 3.Determine Future State of the Organizational Structure Because having a solid corporate infrastructure depends very much on sustaining elements in an organization, it is vital that it serve a clear …

  • The Lean Laboratory of the 21st Century

    … there is no doubt that cycle time and quality will both be improved dramatically, ensuring higher quality products, with less production time for the company.Quality enhancing technologies such as PAT (Process Analytical technology), strategies will clearly play an important role in this LEAN approach. Until recently, many in the pharmaceutical industry have been apprehensive in the adoption of LEAN principles into their companies, even though they have shown great success in other industries.  …

  • What to Look for in Life Sciences Consulting Groups

    … taken towards the need for change and overcoming the obstacles. LEAN principles, which have been proven to work, and which can adapt to the requirements of the industry, can be very successful. Lean options are even being applied by regulators, so the time has come to apply the principles to the pharmaceutical industry. In general, pharmaceutical industries have been slow adopters of lean technology. It is well behind many other sectors that have used its principles to improve performance. This …

  • How Life Science Companies can Survive the Economic Downturn

    … business drivers…What are they? In the process industry one of these is a braod application of LEAN principles and process excellence methodology. Lean in Support Functions Lean Manufacturing Lean Laboratory Lean Compliance I firmly believe this is a MUST scenario today more than ever and if it’s applied enthusiastically and continuously the results will be transformational. It’s not a universal panacea by any means, but it is a key tool in the strategic toolbox of a healthy thriving …

  • Lean Six Sigma and Process Excellence to the Rescue

    … product more accurately, thus, balancing the quality demands of Six Sigma against LEAN principles, that aims to manufacture products faster and cheaper.  It may also help in predicting manufacturing demand and cycle periods, as well as the critical steps to achieve the best quality. Imagine the improvement over current practices of testing quality once the manufacturing process is over!  To get started, research thoroughly the Monte Carlo model and even ask pharmaceutical consulting firms for …