Shane McLaughlin

Shane is SL Controls’ Business Development Manager and has extensive experience and a demonstrated history of working in the regulated automation industry. His areas of expertise include Verification and Validation (V&V), Process Control/Monitoring, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Bio Pharma, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, and systems engineering. He also has experience leading technical teams and delivering to demanding schedules.

Essential Steps Towards the Smart Factory

The Essential Steps in Your Smart Factory Evolution

Moving your business closer to becoming a Smart Factory is widely regarded as essential to continuing competitiveness and profitability. Driving efficiency savings, making productivity gains, dealing with skills shortages – these are just some of the challenges that manufacturers face, all of which can be considerably mitigated with Smart Factory solutions. How do you get …

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Advantages and Benefits of Industry 4.0 Horizontal Integration for Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturers

Two concepts known as vertical integration and horizontal integration are key to moving your manufacturing facility closer to an optimised Industry 4.0 operation. We discussed the benefits of Industry 4.0 vertical integration in another blog. Here, we’ll look at the advantages and benefits of Industry 4.0 horizontal integration. Let’s start with a recap – what …

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Benefits of Industry 4.0 Vertical Integration – Where OT and IT Converge

Vertical integration is about converging OT (operational technology) and IT (information technology) in your business, in addition to integrating processes and other systems across different departments and business units. In its most advanced form, it involves all aspects of the business, from factory floor systems and processes to the ERP (enterprise resource planning) platform, CRM …

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Horizontal and Vertical Integration in Industry 4.0 for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers

In an Industry 4.0 context, horizontal and vertical integration offers substantial benefits to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. These benefits include everything from improved agility and flexibility to enhanced productivity, decision-making, and competitiveness. Horizontal and vertical integration delivers these benefits by achieving unprecedented levels of alignment across entire organisational ecosystems, from the factory floor to …

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How Developing a Digital Supply Chain Will Improve Your Business

In a previous blog, we outlined what the digital supply chain looks like in the Industry 4.0 era. To briefly recap, it is not just about operating digitally – communicating digitally, analysing data digitally, etc. Instead, it is about connecting all elements in your supply chain in real-time, providing you with simultaneous and instant communication …

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The Importance of Industry 4.0’s Digital Supply Chain

Traditionally, supply chain management was a back-office function in manufacturing businesses. It was important, of course, particularly in regulated sectors like pharmaceuticals and MedTech, but it wasn’t central to the performance and management of the company. In other words, it wasn’t on the day-to-day radar of C-Suite executives – CEOs, CFOs, etc. This is changing …

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Embracing Digital Transformation in the Pharmaceutical and MedTech Industries

Digital transformation is both an opportunity and a challenge for businesses in all industries. If you are in the pharmaceutical or medical device industries, what does digital transformation mean in the current trading and regulatory environment? What are the next steps you should take? Digital Transformation – the Goal for Pharmaceutical and MedTech Businesses Digital …

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Using Outsourcing to Achieve Digital Transformation Success in the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Industries

Digital transformation involves more than digitising various aspects and processes of your business. It’s not about adding cool new tech or feature-packed software programmes either. Instead, digital transformation is about digitalising your business, i.e. transforming your production facility into a digital business. This means interconnecting processes within the production line and in other parts of …

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The Benefits of Third-Party Contractor Solutions for Manufacturers with Engineering Skills Gaps

Skills gaps can arise in your organisation for several reasons. You might, for example, have a project you want to complete to improve productivity, enhance OEE, or give you better management oversight. Regulatory changes, temporary staff shortages, issues that need to be resolved, new product introductions, production line relocations, and changes in business strategy are …

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Continuous Manufacturing vs Batch Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Batch manufacturing is the tried, tested, and trusted approach for manufacturing pharmaceutical products. There is an increasing push, however, for the industry to switch to continuous manufacturing. A key driver of this push is the FDA – the Food and Drug Administration in the US. The FDA believes continuous manufacturing improves product quality, reduces medicine …

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The Convergence of IT and OT – Giving You a Competitive Edge

One of the most important changes occurring in manufacturing at the moment is the convergence of IT and OT. This needs to be not only on your radar, but part of your current plans for improving your business today and helping you stay competitive in the future. In most manufacturing businesses, there are two types …

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The Business Opportunities of Digitalisation and Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Digitalisation (digitalization) is a process that results in the digital transformation of a business. It involves moving passed digitisation (digitization) – way beyond digitisation, in fact. With digitALISAtion, you don’t simply move from using paper-based systems to digital systems. Instead, you transform your business, blending the physical world with the digital world so they effectively …

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A New Approach to Delivering Bespoke Software Solutions to the Regulated Sector

Like all manufacturers, companies in regulated sectors must innovate and improve their manufacturing processes to remain competitive. Driving efficiencies and increasing productivity levels are ongoing objectives. In addition to this drive to remain competitive, manufacturers in regulated industries must deal with the added burden of compliance. Also, requirements in many heavily regulated industries are changing …

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How the West and North West’s Thriving MedTech and Pharmaceutical Sectors are Creating Engineering Career Opportunities

A recent article in the Independent featured the headline: “Forget Dublin’s Silicon Docks…Going west means tech can offer lifestyles as well as work”. It mentioned Limerick and Galway before stating: “Now Sligo is coming up the ranks as a place to build a career, and home to game-changing tech developments.” Of course, this is bang …

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Benefits of Automating Regulatory Compliant Data Processes

The way your manufacturing facility processes data is becoming more and more important. This is true of manufacturers in all industries as consumer demands increase and competition becomes more advanced. Data processing is particularly important, however, in heavily regulated industries, such as the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In these industries, the benefits of automating …

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Video – The Smart Way to Make Your Factory Smarter

Turning factories into smart factories is a key consideration for everyone in manufacturing. After all, Industry 4.0 promises significant benefits in terms of efficiency savings, productivity improvements, and enhanced business intelligence. What next step can you take, however, that will help turn your manufacturing facility into a smart factory? TOTALsolution is the answer. TOTALsolution is …

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Video – Automating Batch Changeovers and Traceability

How long do batch changeovers take on your production lines? These processes should not take longer than a minute or two. What about ensuring batch traceability? Are your current batch traceability systems inefficient, open to errors, and time-consuming? You should have an automated process that provides instant and full traceability on every product and batch. …

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Video – Making Data Work in Your Business Across Multiple Manufacturing Facilities

Data has never been more important than it is today. It is how you use that data, however, that will determine the success of your production lines in the future. It is crucial to have integrated systems so that data from one machine or process can be read and used by other machines. This should …

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