Contract Research Organization (CRO).
Lab Excellence in Quality Control (Lean Lab) Project in USA.
Our client, a leader in the third-party contract testing field engaged us to improve the throughput time from sample receipt to COA approval. This environment is quite a challenging one given the paucity of forecast data and the need for a dynamic, flexible workforce to meet challenging customer turnaround times. Additional foci of the project included the creation of standardized roles and a robust and consistent capacity planning process.
- Short term assay-specific volatility levelling, increased flow dynamics and standardized work aligned to customer needs.
- Capacity planning process integrated with the client’s sample management IT system.
- Standard best practice approaches to visual management, 5S and consumable inventory management.
- Reengineered front-end framework resulted in priority samples reaching the testing laboratories faster (30-40%) without any retardation of routine samples, resulting in increased on time delivery / customer service.
- Optimized capacity planning structure gave rise to significant decreases in workload volatility (20%), ensuring consistent and repeatable performance.
- Substantial increase in workforce flexibility (40%), ultimately contributing to greater customer service.
- Implementation of visual management, sample management, consumable inventory management and 5S / workplace organization systems improving overall productivity.