Paperless Manufacturing, bridging the gap to support a virtual workforce
Posted on October 28, 2020 by Helena Graham
View the full Paperless Manufacturing article, written by Jim Lehane, Operations Director at Zenith Technologies, a Cognizant Company, published in Manufacturing Chemist here.
While there have been advances in Life Science technology in recent years, many manufacturers across the globe still maintain manual paper records rather than electronic ones. The drive to achieve a truly paperless manufacturing environment has never been stronger in order to support the demands of a remote workforce and strength digital strategies.
Even among the largest manufacturers that have implemented Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), a huge amount of paper records remain. These can be for batch records, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and work instructions, e-Log books, shift registers, the list is endless. One reason for this is that companies tend not to extend the use of MES to clinical and R&D departments, labs, or in single-use or flex factory environments. This presents gaps in many paperless manufacturing strategies and means paper documents still exist.
The presence of paper-based processes has become an important issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has led to shutdowns and distancing guidelines which have caused dramatic reductions in employees on site. People are adapting to new ways of working remotely and minimising the use of paper and digitalising batch records in a secure manner has become a priority. Imagine the power of having virtual systems available that minimises the amount of people who have to physically sign or deal with paper based documents on site.
In a recent online article published by Manufacturing Chemist, Operations Director, Jim Lehane, discusses the challenges of relying on paper-based processes and manual data entry, the process of transitioning to a digital form approach, and how to develop digital forms with inbuilt intelligence.
You can access the full article in Manufacturing Chemist from here.
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