RFID in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

By Bob Violino

RFID can greatly improve efficiencies for drug makers. Here's how it can be used in three critical areas.

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Asset and product tracking to boost efficiency


and reduce labor costs


• Track raw materials and work-in-process inventory through the manufacturing and


quality-assurance process


• Track equipment and reusable assets


• Verify that correct materials are used to make each product


• Ensure that oldest materials are used first

Improved manufacturing processes and compliance


• Monitor environmental conditions of components


• Automate data collection for documentation needed to comply with government regulations


• Alert managers about process problems and conduct process analysis


• Identify batches affected by problems


• Confirm proper product labeling


• Support technology that analyzes manufacturing processes by identifying specific batches and associating them with specific equipment and settings.

Security


• Control access to production equipment and systems

Source: IBM Business Consulting