Data capture and regulatory reporting

Data capture is critical when you’re looking to drive continuous improvements in manufacturing, and it is equally crucial for regulatory compliance. In this article, we’ll look at how intelligent systems can not only streamline the capture of data required for quality management and regulatory compliance in regulated industries, but ensure faster, easier use (and re-use!) of data once captured.

Does your business track critical control points? If so, are you able to retrieve that information quickly and easily? With the right sensors, platforms and software solutions the necessary quality parameters can be continuously captured, with alerts generated in a timely manner for any deviation from specification. This can mean the difference between a batch of good quality, or finished goods that require time and energy to rework to the appropriate standard.

Furthermore, automatically performing regular in-process checks can improve the efficiency of operators and reduce the chances of incorrect data being captured or recorded which could lead to unnecessary work. With solutions from Novotek, we can help you start the journey to a fully automated quality management system.

Automated quality management reduces waste, increases yield and provides data for root cause analysis.

As all production processes consume raw materials, the exact nature and variability of these materials and the quantities used can have a significant impact on the quality of the finished product. Automatically adjusting the production setpoints to cater for the individual characteristics of raw materials can lead to a more consistent output.

By continuously capturing quality data through intelligent systems, you have the tools to perform a historical review of production performance based on different batches of raw materials. You may have implemented a historian, a lab system, even a performance metrics system already but what if the information in isolated silos that are not easily accessed? In these kinds of situations, we can take advantage of innovations in technology that may have been born outside the factory, but can offer value within the production world.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is often understood to mean the devices and sensors that are interconnected via computers with industrial applications. In fact, it also includes the kind of data management platforms, “data ops” tools and methodologies that make managing and using industrial data easier.Although IIoT may sometimes appear vast and daunting, through an iterative and scalable process, you will rapidly see tangible results in reducing workloads, with an innovative platform for better quality and improved compliance with your industry’s regulations and standards. Linking together the disparate assets and data stores in your operation provides vital visibility, both in real-time and over the history of your production process.

Your data collection and collation processes are streamlined and automated through this connectivity, facilitating the generation of electronic batch records (EBR) that can be used to satisfy regulatory compliance. Modern, data ops tools, combined with low-code app development tools, make it straightforward to combine data from siloed systems into intuitive user interfaces make reviewing data against specific dates, batch codes, raw material lot numbers, or other production parameters more accessible and understandable.

And this approach suits additional needs: Compliance with standards and regulations is vital for the image of your operation. A tailored solution meets your requirements, from recording hitting required temperatures, or exact measurements when combining the right amount of ingredients at the right time. With our solutions, you can rest assured that you have access in perpetuity to every detail of what you’ve produced. And that in turn means being able to support investigations and deliver reporting to to fulfil obligations, and for both internal and external stakeholders.

Smart systems offer robust methods for ensuring regulatory compliance

Many manufacturers are both blessed and cursed with an ever-growing flow of potentially useful data. We see our role as being to provide guidance on the best way to tap that flow so that many different stakeholders can be served for the least incremental cost, and the least disruption to existing OT and IT. Thanks to the modernisation of plant systems, and increasing adoption of IIoT-style tools and platforms, our customers can  put their data into the right hands at the right time more easily than ever!