Couldn't stay away for the whole week...greetings from The Big Apple and Interphex. Managed to trip while trying to claim a taxi and literally fell on my face on the pavement/now have a most attractive and utterly undisguiseable scrape along the entire length of my nose. While we're on the subject of "slips," it seems that error proofing may finally be coming of age in drug manufacturing. Does this mean that the demise of the "GMP bureaucracy" is close at hand? Well, maybe not for a while, but its days appear to be numbered. At Baxter, whose manufacturing teams in Mexico and North Carolina took home the 2007 Shingo Prize for excellence in manufacturing, error proofing and simple visual tools have been the key to improved safety and performance. Baxter Cuernavaca has assigned process engineers the task of mistake proofing its processes. The solutions are often very simple, including:
- Placing a device in a sampling line to prevent the wrong correction.
- Using different port sizes on a filling line, with a different diameter tubing for each
- Putting mailbox flags on containers in which empty bags are moved from one location to another to show whether they're full or empty, or on machines to show the status of production.