Real Lean Transformation

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Metrics Methdology

Performance metrics are a critical part of any effective Lean Lab solution, helping to identify issues and directing and driving performance improvements.

As part of every BSM Lean Lab or Lean R&D project, metrics are developed with these concepts in mind. This briefing will describe our Lean Lab approach to performance metrics, demonstrate specific examples and highlight the applications of the approach to include visual displays, reduction of metric data athering workload and applicability to the FDA’s guidance on metrics to facilitate risk based assessments. Read more about Metrics Methdology

Lab Excellence in R&D

R&D labs are significantly different from other types of laboratory, and indeed from each other. Different approaches are required to the implementation of standard lean elements. In this briefing we give an overview of the common improvement opportunities in R&D and the solutions that apply in different laboratory types. Read more about Lab Excellence in R&D

Incorporating Lean Principles into Pharmaceutical QC Lab Design - White Paper

The design, layout and placement of Laboratories have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A ‘good’ design will proactively support lean processes including, flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization whereas a ‘bad’ design may actually create waste and make flow more difficult. Read more about Incorporating Lean Principles into Pharmaceutical QC Lab Design - White Paper

Lean in Regulatory Operations

Lean in Regulatory Operations BSM have been pioneering applied research into the utilization of “Real Lean” methodologies to solve problems and generate efficiencies in Regulatory Affairs Operations (Reg Ops) in large life science companies. Operations from a Regulatory perspective encompasses the standard activities that accompany the filing of Regulatory submissions such as Labelling, Publishing, Production, Archiving etc. “Real Lean” is the term used to describe BSM’s approach to implementing Lean in a wide variety of industrial settings. Read more about Lean in Regulatory Operations

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream MappingThis Article examines Value Stream Mapping - The Map of your Journey to becoming 'Lean'.It would be hard to find a medical device or pharmaceutical manufacturing site which is not currently running some kind of “Lean” initiative. Read more about Value Stream Mapping

Time for Lean Thinking?

 Time for Lean Thinking?This Article examines how companies can significantly Reduce Waste and Costs by implementing 'Lean Manufacturing'.In recent times, there has been increasing pressure to reduce costs across all sections of the healthcare supply chain including manufacturing. Read more about Time for Lean Thinking?

Implementing TPM

 Implementing TPM ArticleThis Article looks at how to best Implement TPM within life science companies. TPM is clearly best practice when it comes to the management and utilisation of equipment. It can significantly increase productivity, reduce costs, increase capacity and defer capital expenditure.  Read more about Implementing TPM

Accelerated Release

 Accelerated ReleaseIn regulated industries, it is not unusual to find that the lead-time for final product testing and review of the batch documentation represents a significant proportion of the overall manufacturing lead-time. Given that long lead-times inevitably mean high levels of expensive inventory (and associated costs), it is no surprise that many healthcare manufacturing companies are beginning to take a hard look at their ‘release processes’ which include product testing, review and approval of batch documentation and the processing of exceptions and deviations. Read more about Accelerated Release