As one of the three pillars of Lean, the workforce has long been recognized as critical to the success of operation. But in practice, because an individuals impact on an entire operation in terms of delay can be small, managing the individual is often moved down in priority. But viewing the cumulative impact of small variances across an entire production team and supporting staff is something an individual cant see. The value of the effort is found in identifying and systematically managing common, small variances across the entire workforce.
Cognex vision and ID technology helps companies improve their manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly, and tracking and capturing information at every stage of production to ensure the entire process is completed correctly.
The process to purify monoclonal antibodies from fermentation through final filling include: filtration of growth media fermenter feeds, cell separation following fermentation, clarification of protein concentrates, prefiltration prior to column chromatography and prefiltration prior to sterilizing filtration.
With labor as the critical input for most Pharmaceutical Manufacturing business processes - particularly those in the back office - workforce management solutions are clearly a key enabler for Lean initiatives throughout the organization.
With the FDA's heightened focus on safety, regulatory agencies are increasing their presence in the manufacturing arena to ensure Current Good Manufacturing Practices cGMP are top of mind, and sponsors are placing greater responsibility for meeting cGMP requirements onto their outsourcing partners.