The Competitive Advantage: Faster Time to Market
The steps involved in taking a product from an idea or concept, to a live, available product are numerous and time consuming. But, each is important - one missed step or piece of data could have devastating consequences.
With the importance of each and every part of the process, finding a way to “speed it up” often seems impossible, or like an unnecessary risk. If something were to go wrong, a project could be stopped in its tracks.
But, if there was a way to decrease manufacturing times while increasing accuracy and efficiency, the end results could include:
- Recouping manufacturing costs in less time.
- More efficient final products.
- Reduced manpower hours throughout the process leading to lower production costs.
Most importantly, a company that could bring products to market faster, could gain an edge over the competition, especially other companies creating similar products.
The Starting Point: Process Review
The processes in place throughout the manufacturing process have likely been in place for several years. The technology used seems to work, so your team continues to use it, even if there are a few frustrations and hold-ups.
Some of these frustrations may include:
- Repetitive tasks - copying, pasting, sorting and analyzing the same data in various formats.
- Data transcription. When data is gathered using a pen and paper - especially during Research and Development or Clinical Trials, it must be entered into a digital format after the fact.
- Errors. When information must pass through too many entry points, the chance of a typo or other error increases.
- And many more.
To identify where you could begin to improve your manufacturing process, step back and examine each part of the process. Talk to your team members and look for steps that seem “off.” You don’t need to have the answer, you simply need to identify the problem.
The Answer: Customized Mobile Data Solutions
If the frustrations above sound familiar, or, you’ve been looking for a way to improve your process but haven’t been sure where to start, you’re on the right track.
In fact, reducing the time spent on medical product manufacturing doesn’t have to be an impossible task. The answer is likely simpler than you think. It starts with customized mobile data solutions.
When end-to-end mobile data solutions are in place from conception to final product delivery, entire processes can be improved upon, allowing your team to focus on what matters most, without delays and errors that are so common in today’s standard manufacturing processes.
Data gathered in the field can be entered into a digital format from the start, whether a connection is available or not. From there the information can be sorted, analyzed and reported on in live-time, providing insights that you may not currently have access to, allowing you to modify any processes and make improvements as you go. Best of all, manual processes that take time and cause delays can be eliminated altogether, allowing your team to drive products to market in less time.
If you’ve been looking for a way to improve your manufacturing process, we’d love to talk about the way mobile data solutions may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Download our guide today to learn more.
About Ryan Coleman
Ryan Coleman is the VP of Sales at Zerion and works directly with enterprise deployments around the world. A former resident of San Diego, California, Ryan enjoys sunsets and photographing the coast. If you have any questions about improving your business processes, he would love to hear from you!