6 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Integrated Pharmaceutical Solution Partner
Advanced system solutions in the areas of quality assurance, checkweighing, serialization and track and trace have become increasingly desirable. This is down to the rising demands for quality and traceability in pharmaceutical and medicinal products, which meet legal requirements.
Complete solutions offer numerous advantages, including simple integration into the production line and reassurance that components are compatible. Combined systems are also more compact and have fewer moving parts, reducing maintenance time and cost. On top of this, a reduction of user interfaces minimizes operation errors, makes product changeovers faster and more efficient, and increases operational uptime. Complete solution suppliers offer a single point of contact for service and support.
How to Choose a Complete Solution Supplier?
Introducing any new piece of production line equipment can negatively affect overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). It’s wise therefore to choose an equipment supplier who’s competent at processing difficult-to-handle pharmaceutical products at high throughput rates. Unnecessary production line downtime should be avoided at all costs. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are advised therefore to search for solutions that are capable of combining high throughput rates with high conveyor speeds. This will enable them to maintain current throughput levels, integrate serialization and offer scope for future speed increases. Production line equipment suppliers should understand OEE and be able to supply solutions that won’t negatively affect it.
To help pharmaceutical manufacturers select an equipment supplier, we recommend considering these 6 factors:
Level of information – Does the supplier know and monitor current regulatory requirements in various countries? This could be decisive for ensuring the required functionality of the solution. Having a valued partner can also be beneficial in terms of long-term strategic initiatives.
Integration know-how – Is the supplier able to deliver solutions for established components and technologies already present in the production line? This will considerably reduce integration costs and the timescale.
Competence – Is there any proof the supplier will be able to deliver the required performance, including in the long run? Is the supplier capable of implementing an international roll-out?
Stability of resources – Does the supplier have the financial stability and resources to meet short-term requirements, as well as provide value-for-money service in the long term? Are their software and hardware solutions modular and scalable for future applications?
Efficiency of service – Does the supplier offer a global service with strategically-located support able to provide a rapid on-site response when needed?
Capabilities – Are the solutions offered by the supplier flexible enough to integrate with existing software and hardware, including the possibility of easy integration with new technologies and evolving requirements? Do they have a proven track record in carrying out projects professionally and without delay, including in an international context and on a large scale? Is the supplier able to think outside “their” box, offer a full range of product inspection equipment and ideally know how to combine them in clients’ applications?
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