Streamline compliance using MES for quality

How much is your cost of compliance? Manufacturers of regulated products such as medical devices often struggle to understand how much they really spend to comply with government requirements. More to the point, they struggle to lower those costs. One way to make compliance both effective and efficient is to use the core manufacturing system [...]

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Can Track & Trace improve profits?

Everyone wants to have lower costs and improve their efficiency and effectiveness at the same time. Fortunately it’s increasingly possible to find approaches to do just that. As companies move from manual, compliance-oriented views of traceability and genealogy to more automated and improvement-oriented perspectives, they are finding what formerly seemed impossible: better ways to operate [...]

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UDI: Medical Device Profits at Risk – Unnecessarily

How many companies’ profit margins will plummet because of the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirements? Quite a few, I imagine. Don’t get me wrong. I am not opposed to the regulation. I think it makes sense, and that companies will comply. The question is: at what cost? I believe it is possible to comply [...]

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Streamline IT with MES for quality

It’s always great when you can be both more effective and more cost-effective by making a single move. This is something companies can do by combining quality management into their manufacturing execution system (MES). It will not only streamline your IT infrastructure, but also improve the effectiveness of both quality and manufacturing functions. Let’s examine [...]

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Put Quality at the Core with MES

Savvy manufacturers understand that quality must be a central pillar of their operation. The question is how to make quality everyone’s daily business? One way is to ensure that every business process has quality at its core. Paradoxically this may mean that the information system managing quality is not called a quality management system (QMS), [...]

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Celebrate Success!

Have you told the world about your successes? Being in the manufacturing software industry for 25 years I have seen many companies undertake projects that have delivered enormous benefits to the company. Yet, many times, the team that made it happen does not get to celebrate in a big public way – at the scale [...]

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Managing Programs for Profit – What Works?

How can you be effective and profitable in an environment where each product you make may be Making complex and sensitive equipment to special order requires excellent project and program coordination and communication different, and the contract for it is a program agreement? How do you manage when part of your job is to maintain [...]

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5 Lessons in Team Triumphs

The Boston Red Sox went from worst to first in the course of one year – and I think there are lessons there for every organization. Yes, I’m a big long-time member of Red Sox nation – but the lessons there are for everyone and you don’t have to root for my team to benefit. [...]

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Peeling the Onion on Performance

Which metrics matter? Great question – but not one with a simple answer. I recently had the opportunity to publish an article in Automation World about performance metrics, and I call it Managing by Fact, Layer by Layer. Like peeling an onion, what’s on the surface is only the beginning. Measuring performance in financial terms [...]

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Good and Confident Decisions for Everyone

What decisions do you need to make today? How confident are you that you’ll make the right decisions? Do you feel you have a good view of the data you need, and the ability to explore it fully yet quickly? Most people don’t, but that appears to be changing. When people can confidently and quickly [...]

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