Category: QC labs

Top 3 reasons labs should embrace system-agnostic integration

In a recent white paper, we discussed The need to integrate multiple third-party systems into a comprehensive software network Each system representing a “best-of-breed” tool that has been optimized for managing specific aspects of the Quality information ecosystem The success of this ecosystem heavily relies on the seamless sharing of information between those tools In […]

Exploring the value of lab KPIs: asset utilization metrics

Continuing our series of monthly blogs on the value of different lab metrics, this post explores utilization KPIs. In contrast with the previous posts that presented quantitative measures of performance against benchmarks – for instance, monitoring due date adherence by comparing actual delivery dates against targets or analyzing actual performance against pre-determined figures – utilization […]

3 quick wins to make your lab leaner

3 quick wins to make your lab leaner

When I was a Principal Consultant with BSM, I specialized in implementing lean methodologies at pharmaceutical QC labs. Much of the advice that I provided to clients involved establishing new strategies and processes that would often require institutional buy-in and, ultimately, resulted in fundamental changes being applied over an extended period. You can read more […]

4 ways equipment resource management optimizes asset utilization in QC labs

4 ways equipment resource management optimizes asset utilization in QC labs

The importance of fully optimizing asset utilization Equipment is expensive, so you need to ask yourself: are we using our equipment as efficiently as possible? Is it giving us the desired return on investment? Should we invest in new equipment or solve capacity bottlenecks by better utilizing the equipment we already have? In order to […]

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE): 3 insights from analyzing your lab equipment utilization data

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE): 3 insights from analyzing your lab equipment utilization data

Do you sometimes tend to make decisions without reliable data to back them up? In today’s labs, critical decisions about how to optimize the ROI of laboratory equipment are often made based on incomplete information. Having a clear picture of instrument usage can help you uncover new ways to cut costs, minimize idle time, and […]

The New Meaning of Lab Digitalization in Quality Control Labs

The New Meaning of Lab Digitalization in Quality Control Labs

During the SmartLab Europe event (100% digitally this year), we were thrilled to meet with a lot of interesting people and exchange thoughts on building a roadmap for the lab of the future. After 15+ virtual conversations with a variety of attendees, our key takeaway is this: although the topic is not new, the sentiment […]

The lean lab: the number 1 pitfall, and what to do about it

The lean lab: the number 1 pitfall, and what to do about it

The lean lab: how to make your efforts sustainable  Making your lab lean can result in productivity gains ranging from 20% to 80% and improve your customer service levels drastically.  But many laboratories, who went through a lean lab exercise in the past, often see the lean lab tactics they implemented set in the background after […]

What QC labs can learn from soccer players to increase planning adherence!

What QC labs can learn from soccer players to increase planning adherence!

“Yes, we lost the game… but I scored!” is not an uncommon expression among soccer players. While soccer trainers incentivize players on an individual level, it’s important that, in doing so, the players do not lose sight of the overall objective: winning the game. ‘Winning the game’ or ‘winning as many games as we can’ […]

Merck KGaA uses BINOCS to increase their QC performance

Merck KGaA uses BINOCS to increase their QC performance

In 2018, Merck KGaA started to use Binocs in one of their QC labs in Switzerland. Thanks to good collaboration between the teams, it only took four months to have the first lab sections up and running. Based on this first good experience further roll-out to other QC labs has been implemented or envisaged. What […]

How digitalization makes QC resilient in turbulent times

How digitalization makes QC resilient in turbulent times

Pharmaceutical companies evolve all the time: they re-restructure, expand, switch from day regime to an early/late shift regime, consolidate,… These evolutions can be sudden or more spread out, they can have a minimal or big impact, … But regardless of the type or magnitude, you need to make sure you maintain an overview of your […]