Manually packaging small lot and volume products is a common practice within the industry. A lot size of three thousand units may make up a total annual volume of only a hundred thousand units. The turnaround of a mid to high speed line is inefficient since running the lot requires only a fraction of the time required to set up the line. Because of this, a common practice is for a supervisor to assemble a group of operators in a large open room with tables and components and manually assemble the packaged product. The problems with this method are that it depends heavily on the individual operator and SOPs to define the process. By utilizing automated machines, the process becomes repeatable and measurable, in addition to removing the human error.
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Leonard F. Pauzer
Director Drug Product Technologies
Director of Industrial Engineering