Eliminating inefficient logistics processes to greatly reduce costs

  • Warehouse
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Japanese medical device manufacturers

Background

A, a Japanese medical device manufacturer, faced several bottlenecks in distribution of its products and wanted to address these. Specifically, after products were sterilized at a sterilization site, they were then returned to the manufacturing plant and then delivered from there to customers, creating an unnecessary extra step.
If they could ship direct to customers after sterilization, they would cut down on extra transport costs, but this would require a means of storing the products before shipping to downstream customers. This could only be done at a warehouse with a license classed for the manufacture of medical devices.

Proposals

That was where our firm, which possessed such a license, came to the rescue. After sterilization, products are now transported directly to our warehouses. Inspections and the insertion of documents, which fall under “manufacturing,” are conducted, and then the products are packed and shipped. This not only eliminates unnecessary transport, but it allows for full quality control using QMS, such as through clean management, training, and internal audits. Given that these products require stringent lot management, we adopted a system for scanning the identifying bar codes on all products and inspecting then on arrival and exit.

QMS (Quality Management System): standards for management of manufacturing and quality control of medical devices and pharmaceuticals used for external diagnostics

Outcome



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