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Inventory System Streamlines Procurement for cGMP Drug Production Facility
An unstable system for managing production supplies often leads to interruptions in productivity. At a company’s aseptic injectable drug production facility, production personnel lacked a reliable inventory of “cGMP-Approved” and “Non-Approved” supplies necessary to complete critical work in cleanroom areas, resulting in delays to the overall output for the company.
Each department had responsibility for maintaining its own inventory of chemicals, protective apparel, glassware, and other production supplies, but this non-scientific task was a low priority compared with the company’s core pharmaceutical manufacturing goals. As a result, departments purchased too much inventory of some supplies and not enough of others, and without the required inventory on-hand, production areas even faced the risk of shutting down. How could the company keep its inventory sufficiently stocked without compromising its cGMP-certified manufacturing projects?
Using Lean Six Sigma methodology, Avantor Services proposed an inventory system suitable for the FDA-certified facility to manage the efficient delivery of products from receiving areas, into IQ/OQ, and onto the production floor. After reviewing our assessment and recommendations, the company’s leadership team agreed that supply chain and inventory management demands were hurting manufacturing productivity and costing the company both time and money. The company validated our proposed improvements, which included efficiency gains and reduction of operating costs.
Avantor Services provided a dedicated associate to support the three largest departments onsite and manage “cGMP-Approved” inventory (items requiring quality inspection prior to internal delivery) and “Non-Approved” inventory. The company asked Avantor Services to manage the process and designated warehouse space for our team to oversee.
“Avantor Services has been extremely successful at our facility. We depend on the best quality and the best services for high performance. Quality is number one and the service and support
The company was able to:
Given the success of this inventory management initiative, the company is in the process of expanding the responsibilities of Avantor Services’ onsite service team to other areas in the facility.
An unstable system for managing production supplies created unnecessary costs, depleted manufacturing time, and exposed an FDA-certified facility to the risk of shutdown.
Avantor Services implemented an inventory system to manage the efficient delivery of production supplies from receiving areas, into IQ/OQ, and onto the production floor.
Our services delivered a $707,000 reduction in on-hand inventory value and recovered 2,900 hours for internal management and technician teams.
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