How Digitalization Can Help Contract Manufacturers

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How Digitalization Can Help Contract Manufacturers

Pharma Tech Outlook | Friday, December 04, 2020

The contract manufacturers are using digitalization because it can help them decrease the quality and production team's burden by automating monotonous tasks.

FREMONT, CA: Contract manufacturing is an important sector that can impact almost every industry. The contract manufacturers can release from the monotonous, time-consuming manufacturing tasks by outsourcing few production activities that were earlier conducted by the original manufacturers. It can do that by providing specialty expertise that can be expensive to develop and even cut down on the operations expenditure. It also allows companies to scale and satisfy worldwide demand efficiently. According to researchers, due to the fundamental sectors like life science, the worldwide contract manufacturing market's demand will increase in the future.

The value that the contract manufacturers deliver is massive, but there are various complicated challenges, which the industry has to deal with regularly. The main problem it faces is ensuring quality and accountability with traditional paper-based systems. The customers' work instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) can change frequently. The training methods and specifications might also differ and need to be upgraded repeatedly. It can become challenging and inefficient to correctly and safely manage all these changing documents through paper-based records. It can also become a risk for the company with harmful errors, delays, and transparency.

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A contract manufacturer of the dietary supplements and products in liquid and powder form will know the power-based system's difficulties. The paper documentation will move through employees' hands, starting from staging to compounding and production. When the volume of paper increases, the problems related to data entry, illegible handwriting, and outdated specifications also rises. Such factors can immensely impact the organization's ability to ship products in time. It can damage the company's reputation as the employees focus more on signatures and correction instead of working on a valuable procedure that can improve tasks.

To develop and enhance quality and accountability, the companies move away from the paper-based methods and apply innovative technologies with Electronic Batch Records (EBR) functionality. Such cloud-based solutions can remove the time-consuming and monotonous paper-based production process and use digitalization. It can connect data across the enterprise and help the quality and production team release them from the heavy documentation burden. The EBR solution has also helped to accomplish higher rates, better quality products, and employee satisfaction, increasing productivity.

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