Design Talk: Software Solutions Address Changing Industry Needs

Mon, 11/10/2008 - 6:52am
Randy Flamm


Medical device manufacturers operate in one of the world’s most competitive and highly regulated industries where success hinges on time-to-market and traceability. Challenged daily to minimize costs while still ensuring product safety and effectiveness, many manufacturers have turned to enterprise software solutions to achieve results. IQMS sees the need for today’s systems to provide more accurate information across all departments and do it more quickly than ever before.

Strict traceability concerns and constraints are trends that will only become more important as manufacturing requirements grow more rigorous. To stay competitive, companies will need to create more complex, multi-level bills of material while still maintaining control and consistency. Within such an environment, manufacturers can bring products to market more quickly by providing full traceability and lot tracking. It is imperative that Enterprise Resource Planning software specifically address these industry needs to help medical device manufacturers achieve compliance and validation while minimizing manufacturing costs.

Additionally, as competition in the medical device industry thins, manufacturers will need to manage more diverse operations to support growth. To accomplish this, manufacturers need options to effectively manage varied production and review processes. Options such as finite scheduling, infinite scheduling, dispatch lists, and assembly process variations are vital to giving medical device manufacturers the flexibility they need to excel in today’s ever-changing market. The capacity to identify product availability and costs at each stage of production is also critical, as is having information that is immediately available to all departments so decisions can be made quicker and more accurately.

With years of experience serving medical device manufacturers, IQMS understands the unique challenges they face. From various manufacturing types to machine monitoring that links directly to the ERP system so traceability is standard at every level, IQMS delivers comprehensive solutions tailored specifically for medical device manufacturers.

Randy Flamm is president of IQMS. Visit IQMS at

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