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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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The Human-Centred Approach: A Key Component to Industry 4.0 Success

Industry 4.0 is transformative. Among other things, it enables you to move from being a product-centric organisation to being customer-centric. This presents massive and potentially game-changing opportunities for your business. Implementing Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory solutions is, of course, a marathon rather than a sprint. That said, even in the early stages of the …

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The Relevance of OEE in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory Era

OEE is a well-established method of measuring productivity in manufacturing operations. Its origins can be traced back to the 1950s, however, so does it still have relevance today in the Industry 4.0 era? Not only is OEE still relevant, but its importance has been amplified with the opportunities and challenges created by Industry 4.0 technologies …

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Industry 4.0 and the Importance of Technology, Executive Support, and Skills Alignment

Often when discussions take place around Industry 4.0, they revolve around technologies. In other words, how technologies like cloud computing, robotics, AI, digital simulations, autonomous vehicles, data analytics, etc are creating opportunities for manufacturers to move into the Industry 4.0 era. Industry 4.0 is about much more than technologies, however. Instead, it is about digitally …

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Digital Validation and Why It’s Important to Pharmaceutical and MedTech Manufacturers

Modern technologies make it possible to create digital simulations, digital twins, and virtual 3D models of products, parts, manufacturing processes, machine processes, systems, and more. Engineers can then use these simulations and models to facilitate the design process, improve quality, identify errors, and improve performance. They can do this by testing multiple design variations in …

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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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Infographic – Lean Validation

  What is Lean Validation? Validation is essential for product quality, compliance, patient safety, and more. It ensures manufactured products are a consistent quality while also providing evidence of this quality. It is also ensures systems perform according to specification. Lean validation is about eliminating waste at all stages of the validation process. How to …

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The Importance of Transforming Remote Support and Collaborative Working Across Companies

The technologies that exist today make remote collaborative working across companies easy. The same applies to providing remote support services for IT systems. You can jump on a videoconference call using any number of applications. At the end of the call, you can give control of your computer to the third-party engineer you’ve been collaborating …

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The Impact of Industry 4.0 on New Business Opportunities in Pharma and MedTech

Industry 4.0 technologies allow your business to improve efficiency, enhance the service you offer to customers, and increase profitability in your current manufacturing operations. These are compelling reasons for developing and implementing an Industry 4.0 strategy. Industry 4.0 is about more than enhancing and improving your business operations, though. The technologies, processes, and ways of …

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Industry 4.0 and the Manufacturing Industry in a Post COVID-19 World

Manufacturing operations globally are seeing disruption they have never experienced before as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The focus in the early weeks of the crisis was about understanding and adapting to the dramatically changed situation while those manufacturing essential products like food, medicines, PPE, and medical devices dealt with the challenge of meeting …

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Infographic: Change Management Steps in Validated Systems

  Phase: Design Analyse the requirements, objectives, and impact of the change in addition to assessing the expected outcomes during the project’s design stage. Step 1: Assess the Change Request Step 2: Assess the Impact Step 3: Document the Expected Outcomes Phase: Implementation Implement the change in a sandbox or similar safe environment and then …

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How Smart Factory Solutions Improve OEE in Modern Manufacturing Facilities

OEE – Overall Equipment Effectiveness – has long been a performance measurement used in factories to reduce costs, improve quality, increase capacity, and more. The objective is always to optimise OEE. How can Smart Factory technologies help with this optimisation? Let’s first quickly define the Smart Factory. It’s a complex picture but, at its simplest, …

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Smart Factory Benefits for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers

How far is your business along the path to becoming a smart factory? Are you increasing your investment in Smart Factory initiatives and projects? Given the competitiveness of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and the rapid pace of change, these are important questions to answer. Understanding the scale and nature of the benefits that …

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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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Employee Stories – Moving Back to Ireland After Living and Working as an Engineer in Australia

The start of the last decade was a time of upheaval in Ireland. The global financial crash was practically all that was in the news and, like other countries, Ireland was hit hard. One of the immediate outcomes of this was that people in many industries chose to move abroad for career reasons. Roll forward …

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Employee Stories – From India, Via Hong Kong, to SL Controls in Dublin – A Validation Engineer’s Journey

Today, Amit Patel, Senior Validation Engineer at SL Controls, works with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies from our office in Maynooth, Dublin. His journey to a career at SL Controls is slightly more unusual, however, than those employees who were born, studied, and/or previously worked here in Ireland. This gives …

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SL Controls US Expansion Through Existing International Corporate Client

Over the years, SL Controls has completed various projects outside Ireland for clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. However, we took this international growth a stage further in 2019 by opening a new office in Florida, USA. We did this through an existing international client we have a strong and long-standing relationship with. …

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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 Most Important Smart Factory Trends for Pharmaceutical and MedTech Manufacturers in 2020

The development of the smart factory is a key priority for manufacturers in all industries and sectors. It’s part of the digital transformation of business, and it’s essential to remain competitive as well as to meet the needs of consumers and end-users as well as B2B customers and regulators. This all comes under the umbrella …

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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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Digital Transformation in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing Companies

Digital transformation is now an everyday reality in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies. New and developing technologies create opportunities for digital transformation to take place, but the main driver is strategic planning and decision-making. In other words, senior executives in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries are increasingly prioritising digital transformation. There are good …

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Video: Professional Placement Services for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing Industries

At SL Controls, we can help if you need to boost your engineering team. Our professional placement and consultation services will give you the engineering expertise you need either on a short-term or long-term basis. We specialise in providing these services to the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. Watch our video to find out …

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Video: Find Out More About Our Equipment Systems Integration Solutions

At SL Controls, we offer a comprehensive range of Equipment Systems Integration solutions for manufacturers in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries. Our solutions enhance OEE and productivity as well as being fully bespoke. They will also deliver a measureable return on investment. Watch our new video to find out more.    

Infographic – Benefits of Using a Vendor-Neutral Solution Provider

At SL Controls, we are a vendor-neutral solution provider to the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. We can work with equipment, platforms, software, and systems from any vendor. In addition, we are not tied to specific vendors when we recommend equipment or platforms to purchase. The benefits of using a vendor-neutral software provider like …

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Where Do We Stand with the New EU MDR, Additive Manufacturing, and Customised Medical Devices?

One of the growing trends in the medical device industry is customised products for individual patients. An example is an implant designed specifically for an individual patient. A range of technologies make products like this possible, including new additive manufacturing technologies. Furthermore, customised medical device products offer significant benefits to patients. There are benefits to …

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