MasterControl Briefing Note
By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst
Axendia was recently briefed by the Executive Team at MasterControl. The company’s mission is to make life changing products available to more people sooner. One way MasterControl is setting out to achieve its mission, is by enabling its Life-Science customers to obtain what it calls Product Lifecycle Excellence (PLx). With over 650,000 users spanning more than fifty countries, MasterControl is well positioned to bring a much needed correlation between Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Quality Management to the Life-Science industry.
The Need to Connect Decision Loops
Companies typically have quality data spread all over the organization. Paper-driven production processes on the shop floor are also still a reality in many companies. These pockets of quality data, when consolidated, have the potential to offer valuable insights to product quality data across the entire lifecycle. With PLx, MasterControl is seeking to close the gap in the digitalization of the manufacturing environment. “We looked at how to build an application that is easy for operators to adopt and use, easy for manufacturing environments to deploy and connect to their other systems. And, in the process, completely eliminate paper off of the shop floor,” said Matt Lowe, Executive Vice President at MasterControl.
Another reality is that although advances in PLM and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been rolled out over decades, QMS data is often siloed and paper still exists on the shop floor. The result is a disconnect in information that may range from clinical study quality issues to poor shop floor data integrity. Additionally, complaint data is often times not looped back into the organizations’ overall quality system. “Being able to launch quality incidents from the shop floor, enforce training and fill the gap between ERP, MES and LIMS allows companies to achieve next level digital manufacturing excellence and that’s what we’re pursuing,” said Terrance Holbrook, Director of Product Management. Continue reading