Manufacturing processes have long been paper-based with log entries, initialing, signoffs and other transactions to manually record. While automation systems have captured some of this manual recordkeeping, they have not been able to capture everything.
I caught up with Emerson’s Bob Schiros who explained that many batch manufacturers are turning to manufacturing execution systems (MES) to provide paperless procedures and recordkeeping. With digital documentation, accuracy and accessibility are improved and it is easier to validate batch history for compliance audits.
Manufacturing execution systems, such as Syncade MES, help move manual, paper-based methods to online, digital methods including:
The Electronic Batch Records module aggregates data across disparate sources of stored information and provides one consolidated record. Data from enterprise resource planning (ERP), clinical trial management systems (CTMS), laboratory information management systems (LIMS), corrective and preventive action (CAPA), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), distributed control systems (DCS), among others, is collected into a single comprehensive record of manufacturing – transforming distributed data into an integrated batch record.
The Weigh and Dispense module helps production personnel assign, track, weigh, dispense, and report all materials-related information. Automating the information gathering process eliminates the need for separate and disconnected dispense operations and associated paper logbooks.
These electronic batch records combined with integrated Document Management helps to streamline approvals, prepare for audits, and reduce the overall paper footprint of the batch manufacturing processes for manufacturers.
Bob noted that Emerson experts across the lifecycle of cell therapy and other pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing process can help with a digital transformation from paper-based to fully digital recordkeeping.
You can connect and interact with other pharmaceutical, biotech and MES experts in the Life Sciences and Operations Management groups in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.
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