September 2004 Issue
Don't wait for top management support -- improve quality from the inside out by applying Six Sigma in your everyday work. The first step in achieving this goal is to begin thinking about managing quality from a more personal perspective.
Drug makers are harnessing improved vision technology to automate packaging and filling; process monitoring may be next
More drug makers are using containment systems with integrated process or fill-and-finish equipment. Recent tests show they work.
The pharmaceutical industry needs clarity on Six Sigma and Quality concepts. It also needs its own version of the Baldrige award, recognizing the manufacturing effort and commitment to continuous quality improvement.
Domestically manufactured drugs bearing FDA approval are facing stiff competition from less costly Canadian pharmaceuticals
“Mod con” offers a number of benefits, but requires a different approach to planning and design
RFID offers significant savings, but connections between drug manufacturers and their business partners need to be ironed out. The Jump Start pilot is starting to sort out and define the challenges ahead.
Learn how J&J is using Six Sigma, Lean and other techniques to achieve process excellence in its manufacturing operations.