Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
The manufacturing and supply chain management (SCM) components of the life sciences industry offer some organizations the largest room for improvements in process. While R&D and clinical trials require very strict adherence to narrowly defined protocols, the variables that exist in manufacturing and SCM means there is often more than one route to successful completion of these tasks. The question, then, is which route is best in terms of reliable productivity, predictable performance and COGS profitability? After all, if you’re striving to be the first to market with a reliable, safe and effective new product, manufacturing and SCM are crucial parts of that equation.
Another challenge lies in the FDA’s Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Initiative that requires life sciences manufacturing operations consistently meet certain quality levels in manufacturing. These criteria outline controls for reducing waste, increasing automation, reducing production times and facilitating continuous processing to improve efficiency and manage variability.
Moreover, SCM often requires building and managing partnerships with outside suppliers. Your ability to negotiate the best price from competing suppliers is reflected positively in your bottom line. However, you also must take into account that to make these relationships profitable and to mitigate risk, you have to carefully track your inventory, clinical trial and commercial shipments to maintain smooth operations and ensure the integrity of your product.
Meet Your Manufacturing and SCM Challenges with Dell
Dell technologies are engineered to integrate into your manufacturing and SCM environment to help you manage these processes while meeting PAT compliance. From the initial stages of process development to planning, factory integration, delivery, installation, support and data systems management, compliance is a consistent priority in recommending and developing solutions. Our experienced team can provide a compliance-readiness consultation to facilitate Good Manufacturing Process (GmP) adherence across your facility.
Beyond compliance, Dell can help you with the hardware and software required for an optimal manufacturing operation. Whether you’re tracking inbound deliveries or inventory on your shelves, Dell notebooks, tablet PCs and server solutions can integrate with your facility’s existing RFID infrastructure for simplified product tracking and monitoring. For instance, Dell™ PowerEdge™ Servers running VMware® Infrastructure 3 virtualization software can offer simplified data management, better resource utilization, reduced power consumption and cost-effective scalability to your facility by allowing you to run more applications on fewer servers.
And finally, Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 software combined with Dell™ Unified Communications solution can provide a powerful, scalable solution with a consistent messaging platform for enhanced communications throughout your manufacturing facility.