Planning A Facility Upgrade? Don’t Forget To Upgrade Your Technology Too
Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other life sciences businesses work hard to keep manufacturing facilities reasonably updated. There is a delicate balance between maintaining functional legacy systems and complying with the FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices requirements. Whether you are planning a few facility changes or major overhauls, be sure to include technology upgrades in your plans.
Managers of pharma and other life sciences manufacturing facilities are continuously addressing issues with aging facilities. As indicated in “Bringing Legacy Pharma Manufacturing Facilities Into The Modern Age,” posted by Ken Congdon on PharmaceuticalOnline.com, outdated facilities, manufacturing systems, and business operations are only part of the problem. Legacy facilities may also experience poor document control, technology gaps, and complex or uncontrolled process systems as well as interrupted workflows. As you work toward updating facilities to meet regulatory requirements or prepare for new manufacturing processes, be sure to consider updating your business management solution. Keeping your technology aligned with your manufacturing operations is necessary for improving productivity and profitability.
An integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can connect business processes and manufacturing processes, providing greater visibility into your operations as a whole. You can manage all of your core business processes within a single, powerful solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics® ERP, making it easier to capture, analyze, and use the data you need, when you need it. You can monitor manufacturing processes, for example, and connect operations to inventory management and profit margins. You can then leverage this insight to control spending, forecast inventory needs, and uncover other ways to work lean, each of which can protect thinning profit margins.
Microsoft Dynamics ERP also offers built-in business intelligence with RoleTailored dashboards that make the data you need to see readily available. As you follow inventory usage, for example, you can forecast safety or buffer inventory levels or reduce the chance for stock-outs that can halt production lines. Workflows and other automations streamline data-entry. Traceability and reporting features improve data-sharing and the reporting often needed by regulatory agencies or to better position your business in the event of a product recall.
Keep your facility aligned with your technology. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions for guidance with choosing an ERP solution that matches your business needs and supports your operational needs as your business grows and changes.