As consumers of medicinal products of various kinds (vaccines, immunotherapies, tablets, capsules, cell therapies, etc.), we know that although product quality is important, reliable supply is also critical. A reliable supplier of therapeutic goods requires the facilities within its manufacturing supply chain to also be reliable suppliers of their intermediates and products.
An important part of being a reliable supplier is preserving the integrity of the manufacturing facility. Yes, it is important to manage production readiness, equipment reliability, and facility efficiency; yet another important part of operational integrity is personnel effectiveness.
There are some sources of production problems that can be detected and addressed directly by operators; however, sometimes lack of experience or the right training result in ineffective responses or even cause a more significant problem. Differences in production performance may even vary shift to shift with the most experienced operators yielding the best results or with some specialized knowledge that exists on a particular shift. Often, operators do not have actionable, easily accessible information to quickly address potential problems. Think about the significance of these statements for your facility:
There are many different training tools and technologies that we can use to enable our operators to be well prepared to perform their responsibilities effectively. Let’s consider some of the digital plant capabilities that enable effective operator performance:
There are certainly many opportunities for errors in a manufacturing facility; however, when we can arm our production personnel with effective tools and training to recognize problems and prevent errors, we are more likely to be able to deliver quality goods on time.
Technologies such as digital twins powered by Emerson’s Mimic Simulation Software can help operators effectively train for both normal and abnormal conditions without risk to production. And tools such as Syncade’s electronic batch records help deliver right the first time production while leveraging paperless workflows to improve the accuracy and consistency of documentation. Technologies like Plantweb Optics Analytics enable operators to see what is happening, diagnose why it is happening, predict what is likely to happen, and give advice on what should be done. Additionally, Bio-G RTMS can be used to view real-time schedules, optimize production resources, identify process bottlenecks, adjust schedules automatically, and make efficient use of schedule changes.
To learn more about these and other digital plant solutions to increase operator effectiveness, please visit Emerson’s Life Sciences page. And feel free to comment below on the strategies you have used to improve the effectiveness of personnel at your facility.
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