spacer
home > pmps > summer 2007 > the it crowd
PUBLICATIONS
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packing Sourcer

The IT Crowd

Wassermann AG’s Frank Altrichter and Joachim Schulte evaluate the advantages of more openly integrating IT with shop floor execution

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are hot products nowadays. Many companies are painfully aware that they are not in the position to efficiently put into practice the planning requirements generated by enterprise resource planning systems (ERP). Neither can they react in good time to current incidents in production and packaging at the business management level.

Those companies who want to find sustainable solutions to these problems need more than just another piece of software. Indeed, companies need to understand how important it is to see and visualise the dataflow and the supply chain process as a whole. Key performance indicators (KPIs) can be used as important drivers for this vertical and horizontal integration.

Transparency is essential to efficiently manage a company over all areas and work processes across different levels. But a single all-encompassing, one-size-fits-all IT system for controlling the whole picture, from management to the employees on the shop floor, from goods reception to sampling, weighing/dispensing, bulk manufacturing and formulation, quality control and assurance, packaging to distribution, cannot be realised on a practical level.

Instead, standardised interfaces and new IT concepts, such as service-oriented architecture (SOA), offer a company the opportunity to take a best-of-breed approach and then compile robust and complete solutions suitable for any area. Those functional areas related to shop floor operations, frequently neglected over the years when it came to IT investments, will benefit the most from such an approach.

An IT infrastructure should aid the company as much as possible in effectively implementing management decisions and guidelines into production and related upstream and downstream processes in the supply chain, as well as reporting the manufacture of order-related production data back to the finance department. Thinking only at a software level does not solve the essential problem: the linking of data and processes at both the business and technical level. Software experts call this vertical integration.


Read full article from PDF >>

Rate this article You must be a member of the site to make a vote.  
Average rating:
4
     

There are no comments in regards to this article.

spacer
Frank Altrichter holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with majors in Aeronautical Engineering and Logistics, and is certified by APICS as CPIM. Since 1997, he has consulted international enterprises in the areas of supply chain management, business process optimisation and the implementation of advanced planning systems with focus on the pharmaceutical and process industry.

Joachim Schulte holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration. Currently he is Product Manager at Wassermann AG, a leading supplier of supply chain software for planning, scheduling and optimising business processes. Prior to this, Joachim held various solution consulting positions at i2 and SAP. His consulting focus lies in supply chain management and advanced planning and scheduling.

spacer
Frank Altrichter
spacer
spacer
spacer
Joachim Schulte
spacer
spacer
Print this page
Send to a friend
Privacy statement
News and Press Releases

Merck Introduces New Integrated Plug & Play Upstream Development Service

• Adaptive approach to cell line development, analytics and clone selection for emerging biotechs and start-up • Tailored upstream development from a single source reduces time to clinic by 20 percent • Fast-track process reduces timeline by 10 weeks for first pharmacodynamic experiment
More info >>

White Papers

Accelerate Your Database Lock Using Clean Patient Optics

Bioclinica

Because a key step towards database lock is obtaining clean data for all patients, the ability to verify that data are clean early accelerates the ability to lock the clinical database. This ultimately shortens the overall study timeline while ensuring the quality of your data. However, this can be challenging when manually reviewing study data, particularly with larger studies.
More info >>

 
Industry Events

World Vaccine Congress Europe

18-21 October 2020, Barcelona, Spain

The World Vaccine Congress is an award-winning series of conferences and exhibitions that have grown to become the largest and most established vaccine meeting of its kind across the globe. Our credibility is show through the prestigious scientific advisory board that spend months of hard work creating a new and topical agenda, year on year.
More info >>

 

 

©2000-2011 Samedan Ltd.
Add to favourites

Print this page

Send to a friend
Privacy statement