Date: July, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Gabriella Naguib


For over 20 years, GlobalVision has been helping Johnson & Johnson teams globally through the power of automation technology. Enabling automated quality checks throughout their packaging workflows is the backbone that has made this partnership so fruitful and successful. From the Consumer Health division to their internal Medical Device giant Ethicon, the nature of J&J’s regulated products makes the need for error-free packaging components an absolute necessity.

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarita Ranade, Business Process Lead at Ethicon, to discuss how she and her team at Ethicon have benefited since implementing the GlobalVision Web (GVW) software. GVW is one of GlobalVision’s ironclad web-based products, which allows for swift and accurate file inspections throughout the packaging development process. Sarita’s department, Worldwide Labeling, had set out to start bringing some parts of their complex labeling process in-house. With so many moving parts, the need for automation and streamlining became imminent. 

The Challenge: Inefficient and Tedious Manual Review Tasks 

Before GVW, this labeling group within Ethicon, which also extends to parts of J&J’s Depuy Synthes and BioSense Webster divisions, was burdened with the tedious task of manual comparisons between all file revisions. They now benefit mainly from the two core GVW Modules: Text Inspection, a letter for letter comparison between two files within seconds, and Graphics Inspection, allowing them to overlay two documents and highlight all changes detected. Given the complexities of their process, the GVW software offers a level of simplicity when it comes to proofreading: discard intended changes between versions and flag critical or non-intended changes for further investigation. 

When it comes to medical device labeling, each and every word must be carefully considered for any typos, insertions, deletions, location issues, and event fonts and formats must remain compliant. Sarita worked closely with GlobalVision’s Susan Proper to ensure that GVW was the right choice for her team, ensuring that the software detected all changes and that the usability met their needs. Ethicon’s samples were sent over for testing, and the Labeling team underwent a trial period with hands-on training, which ultimately informed their decision to move forward with GVW. Speed, accessibility, and user-friendliness played a significant role as the team found GVW to be fast, easy to navigate, and easily accessible through their web browser.

The Solution: Quicker Inspections and Decades of Trusted Accuracy 

Since going live in February of 2021, the team has noted two major ways in which their workflow has improved: they are able to save considerable amounts of time by running the files for a quick inspection in GVW, and they have acquired somewhat of an insurance, allowing them to focus on pressing day-to-day tasks with peace of mind that their latest working version is free of any potential errors. One of their favorite features is the Zoning tool, which allows you to inspect specific text regions while ignoring the rest of the document. 

This partnership has allowed for decades of successfully streamlined and efficient workflows and has resulted in consistently accurate packaging and labeling, eliminating the risk of content and artwork errors that can otherwise result in detrimental company downfalls. GlobalVision’s trusted line of quality inspection products has proven to be a key component in J&J’s quality mandate, and GlobalVision aims to maintain a strong partnership for years to come as it continues to offer the most cutting-edge innovations in automated quality control technology.  

To learn more about shifting gears from manual to automated quality control and what that could look like for your team, watch our on-demand webinar with Veeva: Solving Pharma’s Content Efficiency Problem.

 

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Common Mistakes that can be Avoided Using Compare File Tools header

Date: May, 2022 | CategoryProofreading Author: Hana Trokic


Web pages, reports, datasheets, product descriptions and specifications, case studies, white papers, and job applications. What do all of these have in common? They are all examples of technical writing. A highly specialized form of writing, this method of communication is used in a large array of professional fields from software, finance, medical, and consumer goods, just to name a few. Where a clear set of instructions is needed, that’s where technical writing is wanted. This form of writing is formal, professional, and, unfortunately, is no place to let your creative juices flow. Instead, technical writing focuses on conveying information in the most clear and effective manner possible. Because of its nature and audience, technical writing should also be highly accurate and free from all errors.

Traditionally, technical writers use many different tools to ensure the quality of their content. From document management systems to authoring tools and various editors, these platforms are essential in the complete workflow of the technical writing process. Since mistakes in technical documents could potentially lead to disastrous consequences and outcomes, priority should be put on creating error-free content. A tool that can significantly help achieve this task is a compare file tool. The answer to all of your proofreading problems, this software works by overlaying two files to find the discrepancies between the two. Any errors can be detected, no matter how small, and the inspection pinpoints the exact locations of all deviations. Yes, a technical writer’s dream come true!

Simplicity is often the most complicated thing to achieve, so taking a few shortcuts to help us get there should be embraced with open arms. To get that perfectly written technical document every time, we first need to learn how to avoid common mistakes in technical writing. The secret? We get by with a little help from our software friends.


Spell Check in Full Effect 

Spell Check imageProbably the most common mistakes in written documents are spelling errors or typos. They are the mistakes that we are most likely to notice in text and are also the mistakes that drastically decrease the quality, reliability, and credibility of a document, especially regarding technical documentation. Most word processors and publishing tools have built-in spell checks that automatically detect errors during the writing stages of content. Several platforms such as Grammarly have also been created and take spell checks to the next level. Not only does it find spelling mistakes, but it also assesses the word flow and overall readability of a written document. These technological add-ons are handy in the creation stages of copy, but what about the later phases like the production process? The stages after said document has been printed? How can we ensure that errors haven’t occurred after the printing stage? Errors such as formatting issues, text breaks, missing letters and words are common occurrences that can appear due to printer failures and glitches.

With a compare file tool, you can streamline your entire quality control workflow and ensure flawless content throughout all stages of production. After a document has been created and printed, the software enables a complete scan and inspection of documents to find all errors in the file. From pesky spelling errors (they always seem to slip through regardless of how many times it has been proofread), to any text errors such as punctuation, font, and word deviations, the file comparison software will detect and pinpoint the exact error locations to allow for adequate adjustments in record time.

As Far as the Eye Can’t See

As Far as the Eye Can’t See imageWe hate to uncover new fears for technical writers everywhere, but did you know that there may be errors in your content that you aren’t even aware of? Even after meticulous manual proofreading, many errors could be slipping through due to manual verification’s many downsides and imperfect nature. Even if you’ve made sure that all of your spelling and punctuation is perfect, there are other aspects in content creation, such as graphics and formatting, that the eye simply cannot catch during a manual document inspection.

Common errors during content creation and production include colour deviations, text breaks, spacing, and formatting. All of which are more difficult to catch with the naked eye. While more obvious deviations may be easy to see, minor differences need help from technology to be resolved. In essence, file comparison software overlays two files to find the discrepancies between them. Comparing the master copy to a sample, it finds all differences between the two no matter how small. Differences and errors that would otherwise go unnoticed, a compare file tool can catch at rates of 1000 characters per second. Infinitely faster than any manual inspection and more accurate to boot. While every technical writer’s worst fear may be a published error, you can continue to write your content without hesitation as a file comparison tool will put those fears to rest.

Consistently Consistent 

Frequently punctuation is put on the back burner, and not enough thought or attention is put on its proper use. However, punctuation should never be overlooked in technical writing, and its correct use should be emphasized.

Consistently Consistent Punctuation graphicOne of the most common punctuation mistakes is inconsistency, and often, a document can have many different variations of a single punctuation if not proofed properly. This includes curly and straight apostrophes, spaces before or after commas, parenthesis, quotations, or periods, and inconsistent punctuation combinations such as commas and quotations. Punctuation can sometimes be a stylistic choice and allows you the freedom to choose as you please, but more often than not, there are grammar rules that apply to their correct usage. Whatever it may be, be sure that your punctuation is consistent throughout your entire document to avoid sounding unprofessional, unreliable, and careless. Technical writing is highly specialized and should aim to be well thought out and proficient. Minor and hasty errors such as inconsistency in punctuation can ruin an otherwise great piece of content, so make sure you aren’t ignoring the finer details.

A compare file tool will catch all discrepancies in your punctuation with ease and accuracy and will complete this task within mere seconds. You might have to know the grammar rules by heart, but the proofing will be a breeze.

Let’s Get Technical 

One of the top priorities in technical writing is that documents be as clear and concise as possible. No metaphors or abstract ideas, technically written documents should be as straightforward as possible. This is to avoid the possibility of confusion by readers as technical documents serve to present coherent instructions, details, or information.

What Not to Do

On the opposite spectrum of creative writing, there are rules to technical writing that should be followed, and as such, there are things that should absolutely be avoided. The next time you are writing a technical document, make sure you avoid:

  • Illogical Structure – before you begin writing, make sure you plan out the flow and order of your document, so it makes as much sense as possible.
  • Informal language – remember, this isn’t the time to let your creative side shine. Technical documents should be professional, formal, and contain little to no slang terms but may vary slightly according to audiences.
  • Inconsistency – make sure you communicate one concept and not give contradictory or opposing ideas.
  • Bad punctuation – improper punctuation can make your written documents seem less reliable and sloppy. Make sure to check your punctuation and use your commas wisely.
  • Over complications – sometimes technical writing can get too technical. Overcomplicating your content to sound knowledgeable can often have the opposite effect and become too complex for readers to understand.

Unfortunately, while a file comparison tool can’t write content for you, it can greatly help throughout the content creation process and ensure that all of your “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” are crossed.

What to Do

Let's Get Technical GraphicNow that we know what to avoid, we can look at what to absolutely do when writing technically. The best advice is to simply keep it simple.

We laugh at the shampoo bottle’s “lather, rinse, repeat,” but in reality, this internationally known set of instructions is a perfect example of a technical writing masterpiece. Short, concise, and to the point, everyone can follow these steps and use the product without hesitation or consequence. The result is squeaky clean hair every time.

Let this simple three-word phrase guide all of your technical writing endeavours and serve as a reminder to always keep it clear and easy.

Some Final Thoughts

Since technical writing doesn’t leave much room for artistic interpretation, it’s best to play by the rules to ensure your technical content is concise and error-free. Writers already rely heavily on different software and platforms to ensure the integrity of their work. In doing so, they would greatly benefit from the addition of a compare file tool. Mistakes in technical writing are far less forgiving, and this technology will help you create flawless content in a fraction of the time – every time. No need to spend hours manually proofing your work; let the file comparison tool do it for you! We all need a little help sometimes, so do yourself a favour and start reaping the benefits of file comparison technology today.

To learn more about our file comparison tool, request a demo of GlobalVision here.

6 Ways Businesses Can Overcome Data Integrity Issues
 
 

Date: September 14, 2021 | Category: Compliance | Author: Kayla Caticchio


In today’s digital age, a new threat presents itself to businesses that are heavily reliant on data. Many data-driven organizations rely on data integrity to be able to conduct their business operations without issues. These businesses must take great care to ensure the consistency, accuracy, validity, and safety of data. Failure to do so can result in the corruption of information that can negatively affect all aspects of a business. To avoid being put in a vulnerable position, there are many steps that can be taken to help overcome data integrity issues.


What is Data Integrity?illustration of a lock

Data integrity refers to the reliability and trustworthiness of data over the course of its lifecycle. Data can be either valid, invalid, or in the process of becoming valid. Error-checking and validation processes are methods often used to ensure data integrity.

 

Why is Data Integrity Important?

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Data is perpetually vulnerable to corruption of any kind. The degree of its vulnerability depends on the efforts taken to preserve its original state over time. These efforts exist to preserve the reliability and trustworthiness of data to ensure proper decision-making within an organization. Any impactful decision within a business requires data to be accurate and consistently valid in order for any progress to occur.

 

What Are the Threats to Data Integrity?Illustration of a person facing data integrity issues

Threats to data integrity can appear in many different forms. Threats can be accidental or voluntary, taking the form of cyber attacks with the intent to alter or destroy data. Some of the most common threats, however, are often internal. Examples include:

  • Human error
  • Unintended actions
  • Security errors
  • Malware
  • Compromised hardware

 

How Can Businesses Overcome Data Integrity Issues?

  1. Validate Input: Documented evidence of validation is a crucial way to ensure that input data is accurate. Once a data set is received, it should always be systematically verified.
  2. Validate Data: Ensuring data meets pre-determined specifications and key attributes is crucial to ensuring its validity and the system in which it passes through.
  3. Remove Unnecessary Data: Duplicate files and unidentified data can potentially open doors to unwanted intruders set on exploiting or corrupting information.illustration of security process and checklist
  4. Data Back-Ups: Permanent data loss is a real threat to businesses. Staying on top of routine backup checks is crucial to avoid losing critical information. Businesses should be proactive in creating a recovery strategy in the event of an unexpected data loss or application error. This will help to restore any losses that could potentially occur.
  5. Manage Access Control: Setting limits and controls on who can access certain information within an organization is crucial in protecting data from unauthorized users, including intruders and impersonators. Actions must be taken to ensure that the unwanted spread of sensitive information is limited. Furthermore, the importance of physical access controls must not be neglected. Businesses should take care to protect places like server rooms that can be especially vulnerable to corruption.
  6. Traceability: Data integrity relies heavily on the ability to track down the source of a breach at any point within operations. Ensuring that audit trails are consistently in place helps to provide security in the event of a breach and allows organizations to identify the source.

 

Overcoming Data Integrity IssuesIllustration of someone using GlobalVision to address data integrity issues

Data is useless without the underlying assumption that it is reliable and accurate. Management is dependent on the accuracy and integrity of data to be able to make decisions. In addition to the methods mentioned above, automation technology can help businesses secure their data and other information. GlobalVision’s inspection technology features audit trails and other controls developed to meet compliance and data integrity requirements for regulated industries. To learn more, visit globalvision.co.

 

 


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