Automation Process Pathway

Why Attend?
Developing a manufacturing automation strategy, and implementing it effectively, involves careful planning, coordination, and a clear roadmap. A well developed plan is key to minimizing risk and speeding up market entry for greater ROI and success. 

Ascential Technology's free, one day, in-person workshop helps medical & life science manufacturers scale and accelerate automation. Benefit from elite guidance of industry thought-leaders that have implemented hundreds of automation projects with companies ranging from Fortune 100's to start-ups. 

Workshop Details:  
  1. Duration: One day 
  2. Location: San Diego, CA or Minneapolis, MN
  3. Can't make it in-person? We can make arrangements for a virtual workshop

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"With Ascential Tech, we reduced the time to market by 12-18 months." 
- Ascential Tech Fortune 100 client with 95,000 employees


Assessment and Goal Definition
  • Identify pain points and areas in the manufacturing process that could benefit from automation
  • Outline the business case, current manufacturing costs, project budget and timeline
  • Understand and identify project risks and goals

Cross-Functional Team Formation

  • Assemble a cross-functional team involving Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) from manufacturing, engineering, product, IT, operations, quality, and finance

Technology Evaluation

  • Research and evaluate automation technologies and solutions relevant to your industry and needs
  • Consider scalability, integration capabilities, cost, and ease of use

Process Mapping and Design

  • Design a new manufacturing and automation process map and workflows

Business Feasibility Study

  • Evaluate potential ROI, payback period, validation requirements, User Requirements Specification (URS), timeline, and impact on the overall manufacturing process
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Vendor Selection and Partnerships
  • Understand the maintenance needs of equipment and determine what level support service contract is needed to avoid downtime

Prototyping and Testing
  • Develop prototypes or pilot projects to test automation solutions on a small scale
  • Gather feedback, refine processes, and address any issues before full-scale implementation

Data Integration and Connectivity
  • Ensure compatibility between existing systems and the new automation technologies
  • Identify and measure the most relevant data points to production performance

Training and Skill Development
  • Train employees on operating and maintaining the new automation systems
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning

Risk Management and Contingency Plans
  • Identify potential risks and challenges related to implementation, including financial, safety, technical glitches or resistance to change
  • Develop contingency plans to address these issues and minimize disruptions
  • Identify critical spare parts to keep on hand. Especially components with long lead times
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Incremental Implementation 
  • Roll out automation in phases rather than attempting a complete overhaul at once

Monitoring and Optimization 
  • Use data-driven insights to optimize efficiency, identify bottlenecks, and make informed decisions
  • Schedule regular data reviews with your automation supplier for pro-active planning to continue optimizing processes

Continuous Improvement 
  • Encourage feedback from employees
  • Work with your automation provider to review performance reports and look for areas of optimization

Scalability and Future-Proofing
  • Design the automation strategy with scalability in mind to accommodate future growth

Evaluation and Reporting
  • Regularly assess the impact of automation on key performance indicators (KPIs) such as productivity, quality and cost savings 
  • Generate reports to showcase the achievements and ROI of the automation initiative 
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