The pharmaceutical industry requires a great deal of flexibility, the operator provides the valuable resource to deal with complexity and abnormality very well. However as production complexities and quality demands continue to increase, using paper to drive the operator and record events has limitations and costs.
Are instructions and recordings in the pharma industry still really needed in paper form?
How can one utilize automation innovations to make the life of the machine operator more ergonomic?
There are easier and more innovative ways of fulfilling strict regulation requirements than with piles of paper – one solution "Paper on Glass", uses automation to drive the operator.
Process visualization becomes clearer, batch production more user-friendly, collation of data and analysis is automatic, making reports more reliable. Intuitive Multi-Touch operation supports the operator through simple interfaces, which greatly reduces error rates in comparison to paper entries.
Find out more about this topic in Robert Harrison's article "Paper on Glass" User-Centric Batch Operations – A Productivity Game Changer for Paper Driven Pharmaceutical Production. This article appeared in the ISPE "Pharmaceutical Engineering" magazine (Vol. 34, No 5, 2014).