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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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How Does Automation Improve the Quality Control Process?

Date: June, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Hana Trokic


Quality is defined as “the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.” Yet, while all businesses and companies want to create quality products and services, getting there is no simple task. Like all good things, quality takes time, and once achieved, a great deal of effort needs to be put into maintaining processes that ensure top quality.

When it comes to quality control processes, businesses shouldn’t be afraid of taking simple yet effective shortcuts to help increase and improve their quality. One foolproof solution to this is automation, or the process of creating applications and technologies that produce and deliver goods and services with minimal human intervention. Implementing these advanced technologies is an optimal solution to many problems modern companies face with concerns about their quality control processes. They simplify work processes, but they also increase accuracy and create workflows that are of the utmost quality. After all, who wouldn’t want to create higher quality products and processes while decreasing resources and errors?

Proofreading content and the copy of your documents and products is one workflow that can heavily benefit from automation and software that checks for all file errors. Before you go to market, make sure every aspect of your product is top-notch when it reaches the hands of consumers by the simple implementation of automated quality control software. Instead of tediously looking through files and pages of digital content, let technology do its work and get the job done in minutes.

If you still aren’t convinced by the magic of automation, read on to see how automation can improve the quality control process of almost any business in a wide range of industries and sectors.


Bye, Bye, Bye Errors

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A top priority for businesses in all sectors is to prevent problems and mistakes before they become critical and hard to reverse. When it comes to the content of artwork and files, mistakes shouldn’t be taken lightly. While a small spelling mistake or formatting discrepancy may seem like a minor detail, these tiny errors may lead to severe consequences such as financial setbacks and the risk of tainting brand reputation. Quality control processes that heavily depend on manual checks are prone to higher inaccuracies and errors, which makes most businesses, who do not want to risk product errors, opt for technological solutions that help streamline their workflows and increase efficiency and accuracy.

Investing in document comparison software is a quick and straightforward way to ensure no errors are slipping through in the production processes and can give businesses complete confidence that they are sending perfect products out to market. With this innovative technology, not only will you improve the speed and accuracy of your quality control processes, you will be able to run holistic scans of any document in seconds. The scans will yield a complete report and rundown of all differences found between the original and sample copy allowing you to make the necessary adjustments and corrections for a perfectly perfect product.

Verification Station   

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When we say automated quality control can benefit businesses in almost any (if not all) sectors – we mean it.

GlobalVision’s automated quality control is an equal opportunity verification tool that inspects copy, content, and files of all kind. It works by comparing two files, a sample and a master copy, to find all discrepancies between the two. A simple digital scan will reveal and pinpoint all differences allowing you to make adjustments and corrections accordingly. The result is perfect copy and products every time.

While content varies depending on the industry, the file comparison software runs holistic scans of files, finding all discrepancies (no matter how small) between the two in seconds. What would manually take a minimum of hours to complete, GlobalVision’s innovative inspection software completes in seconds to minutes. Whether you need to inspect text, graphics, barcodes, braille, print, or color, the software runs holistic scans and catches all errors.

Streamline and Optimize 

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With digitalization becoming more prevalent in every aspect of our daily lives, businesses are taking note. They need to turn to technology and automation to stay afloat to keep up and prevent falling behind market competitors. They need to make the best of the software available to ensure that they implement and use the best practices in their workflows. This way, they will be able to streamline and optimize processes and stay profitable while thriving in today’s very competitive and tumultuous market.

Innovative technology such as a file comparison tool allows businesses to proofread and check content, artwork, and copy with utmost precision. An optimal solution for your proofreading woes, the software will:

  • Eliminate errors, no matter how small

  • Increase accuracy

  • Increase production times

  • Increase productivity and efficiency of workflows

Overall, GlobalVision’s quality control allows for the absolute optimization of proofreading processes by tackling proofreading holistically and finding all discrepancies simultaneously instead of isolating individual errors.

Welcome to the Digital Era 

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Globally, corporations are constantly looking for new ways to adapt to innovations and advancements in technology. They know that embracing the digital era is the key to keeping productivity high and staying profitable. Many corporations even have dedicated development teams that ensure that they are staying ahead of the curb and prepared for any new changes that may come their way. They are always searching for new software and innovations that will enhance their current production while minimizing costs and efforts.

For proofreading and quality control, automation is the only way to go.

This technological advancement runs side-by-side comparisons of two files (the original and a sample file) to identify discrepancies. Instead of sifting and scanning through piles of documents manually, trying to find every mistake that might be hidden between the lines, the software does it for you in a fraction of the time. If you aren’t convinced, please note that current comparison software technology can compare documents at 1000 characters per second. Now think, how long do your manual inspections take? Overall, not only will automated quality control solutions complete your proofreading tasks faster, they will also complete them with a higher degree of accuracy and ensure the highest degree of quality. I think we rest our case.

Working Workflows 

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For businesses to stay relevant in these challenging economic times and unpredictable markets, they have to make adequate adjustments that will allow them to stay competitive. One way to do this is through digitalization and automation of workflows. Automated quality control, such as file comparison technology, is the ultimate solution for modern companies looking for innovative ways to stay up-to-date and competitive.

When it comes to proofreading artwork and content, this innovative technology allows businesses to run faster and more streamlined inspections while simultaneously increasing efficiency by creating workflows that produce more content more quickly while maintaining and even heightening its quality. GlobalVision’s file comparison software can be directly integrated into any artwork management system and allows companies to find all errors, no matter how small, as soon as they occur. Whether you are proofreading in the early stages of revision or the final stages, you can make sure your products are 100% error-free when they go out to market with the precision and accuracy of file comparison technology.

Get Ready to Automate 

Businesses need to think towards the future to ensure that their workflows and processes are up to date and can withstand any changes that come their way.

The simple addition of an automated quality control and document comparison software to your business’s work processes is a small step that will ultimately result in colossal advantages to company productivity and profitability. From the ease of work to increased accuracy and optimization, introducing a file comparison tool into your everyday practices is a corporate no-brainer.

Want to infinitely improve your proofreading processes and automate your quality control processes? Learn more about the benefits of a file comparison tool and request a demo of GlobalVision here.

Veeva Selects GlobalVision as a Silver Status Technology Partner

Date: June, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Julie Meredith


Proofreading critical content accurately and at scale is a major concern in the Enterprise Pharma and life sciences industry though, currently, content and documentation checks are still mainly done manually. This is otherwise extremely tedious, time-consuming, and with a high margin for human error.

Veeva, the leader in cloud-based software solutions for the life sciences industry, and a Veeva Technology partner, GlobalVision, together have found an answer to this problem— an end-to-end solution for regulated industries to scale the creation, review, and distribution of highly critical content.

After becoming a technology alliance partner, GlobalVision advances to the Silver Certified level of Veeva’s Technology Partner Program. This is an exclusive partner tier reserved for companies who have proven, validated, and certified their Veeva integrated solutions, and have demonstrated an overall strong dedication to partnering for the benefit of mutual customers.

This partnership is exclusively reserved for companies that have validated and certified Veeva-integrated solutions. The collaboration gives customers full confidence in the leading services they are receiving, as they can explore and trust the integrated solutions offered through this Silver status partnership.  

Solving the Pharma Industry’s Content Efficiency Problem

The regulatory process in Enterprise Pharma and the life sciences industry as a whole is complicated, long, and with a high margin for human error.

With Verify, GlobalVision’s cloud-based inspection application, integrated with Veeva Vault PromoMats and Veeva Vault RIM, users can speed up revision quality checks while ensuring any errors are quickly found. Any gaps and issues that may arise in the revision and inspection process are now solved as efficiency is increased in the regulatory workflow. 

Compare and verify multiple versions of documents with GlobalVision-powered inspections that fit seamlessly into existing workflows. Securely transfer files and data from Veeva Vault to Verify, allowing users to perform fast and accurate inspections that detect text and artwork errors without having to download documents. Reviewers can also evaluate results and prepare annotated PDFs to transfer back to Veeva Vault.

Through the use of GlobalVision’s integration with Veeva Vault, this partnership accelerates the document development and approval process tenfold and ensures only the highest quality content.

 

Key Benefits at a Glance

  • Reduce the overall number of revisions and minimize cycle time with improved comparisons.
  • Run automatic inspections between different revisions or new layouts.
  • Easily communicate the necessary changes directly to other team members and departments.
  • Fill in the gaps in MLR, DAM, and RIM to reduce the chance of errors being created with every change or handoff.

To find out more about this Silver Status partnership and the benefits it can bring to your Enterprise Pharma and life sciences organization, watch our on-demand webinar in partnership with Veeva.

Comparing Document Management Cost, Security and Efficiency

Date: April, 2022 | CategoryProofreading Author: Hana Trokic


Most, if not all, companies have one thing in common: they want to be successful. And while the road to success might look different from company to company, there is an underlying factor that can be easily tracked and quantified that shows how a company is performing; results.

There are several ways to measure success and results in a corporate environment but most of the time, it comes down to time and money. Are employees performing the appropriate tasks? Are deadlines being met? Are company expenditures within their limits? How can all of this be improved? The answer to all of these questions can be found at the source, which is efficiency at the workplace. When businesses really nail down properly functioning workflows and streamline their everyday processes, everything else simply comes together. Major improvements will be evident in no time, and your goals checklist, results board, and success tracker will be a magnificent sight to see—a masterpiece.

To improve workplace efficiency, most businesses turn to technology to help expedite processes, allowing employees to work smarter, not harder, and ultimately producing more within a shorter period. Implementing new methods of work that aid day-to-day tasks are also crucial as efficiency should be improved on a daily level. After all, doesn’t everyone want their everyday tasks to be that much easier to complete?

A task we could all use some help with is document management. Most, if not all of us, have had at least one traumatic experience trying to keep track of endless documents, sifting through folders or piles of paper, trying to find that one document we are looking for. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then, and software was created to help organize our neverending mass of documentation. What was once a tedious and manual administrational task can now be completed within seconds with a document management system. Instead of having to strain your eyes on endless white sheets and pick apart your brain, these digital systems file work by receiving, tracking, managing, and storing documents on a digital platform, drastically reducing paper and clutter. Today, most platforms have evolved immensely, allowing you to store large amounts of data and easily share it amongst peers and coworkers. You can track documents as they are being created and see if deadlines are being met and tasks are being completed.

Whatever your document needs may be, it’s only a search away and on your screen in a matter of seconds using a document management software. What a time to be alive!


Low Cost, High Return

As the world continues to digitalize, we are continuously creating more data daily. Think about it. On a typical workday, how many new documents do you create? Now imagine if all of that documentation was created on paper?

While paper documentation in some cases is necessary, for instances when it is not, it’s often costly and wasteful. Whatever the industry, most people have moved on and are creating or viewing digital content on some sort of screen. All of that data needs to be stored somewhere! This is where document management systems really shine. Not only do they reduce the need for paper and costly resources, but they also centralize documentation into one single hub making it readily available to all those who need access to it. In seconds, documentation can be searched and viewed on any device allowing for a faster flow of information. This leads to tasks being completed faster and without unnecessary complications or distractions. What’s more, most enterprise document management software do not cost more than a couple of dollars per user. A small price to pay for the endless benefits it will bring to employees and the business as a whole.
By implementing a document management software, not only will you be able to cut down on company resources, but you will also be able to finish tasks in a fraction of the time, ultimately leading to increased savings and profits. Companies can streamline workflows and reduce unnecessary costs on work methods that do not work in today’s digital climate. Through the simple addition of a document management system, businesses can expect to see significant improvements in employee productivity and ultimately see management costs decrease while upholding or even enhancing the quality of work.


Locked and Secured

The whole concept of a document management system is to manage and store large amounts of data. To do this, you must upload all of your documents onto a platform for it to do its magic. This brings into question data safety and security. Being a huge topic of discussion in the last couple of years, there is growing concern amongst the public over the safety of their data and its use.

While every platform has its own method of securing data, they all adhere to the best business practices and ensure that they are ISO certified and meet global compliance criteria. Through a quick search, you will find extensive documentation and downloadable brochures on compliance, privacy, and security that detail all the ways your data is secured once uploaded onto a platform. In many ways, a document management software can improve your privacy and security. These platforms are required to provide evidence as to how they are secure and keep documentation under control. Suppose this documentation isn’t provided or a breach in security occurs. In that case, this will most likely lead to hefty fines, loss of business, and irreversible damage to a brand’s image and reputation.


Efficiency is Priority 

They say time is money, so many businesses’ primary concern is to decrease production times while increasing profits. A foolproof way to do this is by implementing new technologies that will replace obsolete practices that otherwise do not lead to improved performance results. In fact, it’s well known that businesses must turn to technological advancements to stay relevant in today’s competitive global market.

In recent years, especially through the pandemic, many saw their workplaces shift to remote or home offices, making them heavily reliant and even dependent on technology that would keep them connected to their colleagues. Since face-to-face wasn’t an option anymore, different platforms had to be introduced that eased digital collaboration between coworkers while also tracking tasks as they were being created and completed. With so many documents that needed to be shared and stored, companies looked for the best way to manage documents while cutting down on resources and allowing for efficient workflows.

A document management system is a single platform that brings endless benefits to the end-user. It allows companies to have a centralized hub of all of their information and documentation that is easily accessible by everyone, any time, anywhere. Whatever document or information is needed, one can simply search for it on the platform and retrieve it in seconds. This allows for workflows without significant disruptions and reduces the time required to communicate information between peers and teams.


You Got This

One of the best parts of a document management system is that you are probably already using one. Whether personally or professionally, many of us use online clouds to store the mounds of content we create. From pictures of our kids, pets, or food to the important sales presentations and monthly spreadsheets we create, they are all probably stored on an online database for our convenience and future viewing pleasure. A list of some document management systems include:

  • PowerDMS
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Kofax Power PDF
  • Google Drive
  • Confluence
  • Evernote
  • Apple iCloud

If you are not using several of these systems, you are probably using one. For whatever its use, you most likely already understand how beneficial they are to your everyday life and how much they help organize and store your precious documents while making them easily accessible and shared amongst others.


Conclusion 

With so many available, it may be difficult to choose the best document management system for your business. One thing, however, is sure. Whichever one you decide to use, you can be sure that it will help manage, store, and organize your documentation while making online collaboration a breeze for all employees. From financial benefits to increased efficiency that leads to results, the practicality of a document management system cannot be overlooked. With the growing modernization of our everyday lives and the ever-growing amount of content being produced, these systems are vital to ensure the proper workflow of any business wishing to stay competitive in this modern and digital era.

Five Reasons Why You Should Use File Comparison Tools

Date: March, 2022 | CategoryProofreading Author: Hana Trokic


A world without the technological advancements that didn’t exist mere decades ago is simply unimaginable. Every day, new apps and digital solutions are being released to help make daily life easier. 

Just as we become more dependent on technology with every passing day, businesses should also take note. Digital transformation is essential for any business that wants to remain relevant and competitive in the market. 

Automating workflows and processes is the only way to keep up with demand, and relying on outdated technologies and methods does not help drive profitability or success in any business, regardless of its field of work. 

Taking an “old school” approach and manually checking your content is an option when dealing with your proofreading processes. But why stick to old habits when new technologies in automation and quality control are so much better? 

Software was created for all of our needs, we just need to embrace it! Instead of manually looking over copy and content, wouldn’t it be great if software could scan documents and find all errors that need to be corrected? 

It would be great, and thankfully, it exists. Introducing file comparison software. Your comprehensive proofreading and quality control solution. 


1. File Comparison Software is for Everyone

What content does your business need proofread? What industry do you work in? 

Content and copy can range drastically from industry to industry as messaging and branding varies according to key demographics and target audiences. Regardless, file comparison software will run holistic scans of your documents, finding all differences between the two in mere seconds. 

What would take hours, days, or even weeks for a manual inspection to accomplish, a file comparison tool finishes in a fraction of the time. From text to graphics, barcodes, braille, print, and color, file comparison software reviews all documents holistically.  

To further simplify revision processes, there is also no need to convert different files to fit a certain format. Various formats of the same file can be uploaded and scanned just the same. All you have to worry about is making the appropriate corrections to your file to ensure absolute perfection within your content and copy.


2. Find All Errors with a File Comparison Tool

For most businesses, preventing detrimental mistakes from occurring is a top priority. Content and copy errors are no exception. What may seem like a minor, unnoticeable content error could potentially result in major downfalls for many businesses. 

Since manual checks are prone to errors and inaccuracies, opting for technological solutions that help streamline and increase accuracy in workflows is essential for any modern-day company.

To ensure the complete accuracy of your content, investing in file comparison software is vital. With a file comparison tool, you will improve the speed and accuracy of your quality control processes by checking content at every stage of the revision cycle. 

Just run a quick holistic scan of your documents, and in just a matter of seconds, you will have a complete rundown of all differences found, allowing you to make corrections regardless of the content production or revision stage.


3. Better Workflows with File Comparison Software

Bring your proofreading processes into the digital era by upgrading to automated quality control. 

Technology such as a file comparison tool is proofreading for modern and contemporary businesses that want to stay up-to-date and competitive. Not only does it allow you to run faster and more streamlined inspections it also increases efficiency by allowing you to create content quickly while still maintaining top quality. 

File comparison software directly integrates into artwork management systems and allows businesses to catch errors as soon as they occur, even in the early stages of revision. For perspective, current file comparison tools can compare documents at rates of 1000 characters per second, while manual inspections will take infinitely longer. 

File comparison tools can also easily be integrated with the rest of your business’s workflows, allowing users in other teams and departments to view, share, and print inspection reports. This further simplifies the revision process and ultimately creates extremely streamlined workflows that just, work. 


4. File Comparison Software for Ultimate Optimization

Make the best and most effective use of innovative resources available on the market to ensure that your business stays profitable and successful. 

A file comparison tool allows you to proofread all of your content with complete precision. This optimal solution in automated quality control allows businesses to eliminate errors in documents, artwork, labels, and packaging by comparing your sample to an approved file before going to production. 

It allows for the absolute optimization of proofreading processes by isolating areas of your file that you want to inspect and makes for more accurate and efficient quality inspections.

In recent years, turning to this form of software has been essential for companies as digital transformation has been crucial in business enhancement. Globally, businesses are realizing the dangers of falling behind more digitized competitors and are actively looking to upgrade outdated processes and systems that aren’t fit for modern-day demand.


5. Back to the Future With File Comparison Software
Five Reasons Why You Should Use File Comparison Tools

Businesses worldwide are continuously adapting to the “new normal” of digitally-driven workflows and practices. As such, they are always on the lookout for the “next best thing” or the newest innovation in technology that will allow them to enhance their current efforts and bring them into the next era of modernization and digitization. 

When it comes to proofreading content, file comparison software is the future of automated proofreading. 

A technological advancement that automatically runs side-by-side comparisons of two files to identify any differences between the two, this tool will undeniably elevate proofreading tasks in any business regardless of industry, product, or service. 

Instead of reviewing documents manually, and painstakingly looking over every minuscule detail, a file comparison tool will do all the work for you. Not only will it complete these tasks in seconds, but it will also complete them with a higher degree of accuracy.


Need We Say More? 

The benefits of switching to a file comparison tool as a primary method for your proofreading processes are countless. To keep up with modern-day trends and demands, switching to new, digitized solutions is essential to ensure the future success of any business.  

Making the switch to automated quality control and adding file comparison software to your organization’s digital resources is a small step that will ultimately result in enormous advantages. From ease of work to enhanced optimization and modernization of workflows, there is no reason to not introduce a file comparison tool into your quality control processes.  

To gain and maintain a competitive edge during these increasingly digital times, investing in modernization through software and technology could be a significant make-or-break moment for businesses.

Want to enter into the future of proofreading? Learn more about the benefits of a file comparison tool and request a demo of GlobalVision here or try our web-based proofreading software, Verify, for free!

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Date: October 19, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Seth Richtsmeier


For better or for worse, COVID-19 has impacted virtually every industry, and for a wide range of reasons. For some, like online retail and remote work solutions, a change in consumer habits has driven unprecedented demand and exponential growth. For others, like travel and leisure, health and safety concerns have shuttered businesses and brought operations to a halt.

The increase in online shopping over the last year and a half has led to higher demands for packaging manufacturers to ship products, food, and other goods to consumers. This includes pharmaceutical packaging companies who have seen a substantial increase in demand. Global civilians are navigating the new normal and opting for at-home deliveries of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

At best, the impact of COVID-19 on the pharmaceutical packaging industry has been a mixed bag. Spikes in demand for medication and vaccine distribution have been a driving force for packaging throughout the pandemic. However, supply chain disruptions and growing health and safety concerns have resulted in unprecedented obstacles for pharmaceutical packaging businesses.


Here are four ways the COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on the pharmaceutical packaging industry:

  1. Illustration of a delivery guy delivering productsIncrease in demand

    Public stay-at-home orders and CDC recommendations to limit contacts have led to a high demand for at-home deliveries of health care products like pharmaceuticals. This has resulted in a greater need for pharmaceutical packaging as people around the world navigate the ongoing pandemic.

    Demand for pharmaceutical packaging has increased in the following ways:
    • Prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals
      The demand for pharmaceuticals has skyrocketed throughout the global pandemic. In fact, the industry saw pharmaceutical spending increase by an astonishing $88 billion globally.
      However, a closer look at purchasing patterns has revealed this spending growth was not solely due to prescription drugs or therapies to treat coronavirus symptoms. In many instances, patients were advised by healthcare providers to stockpile therapies to combat any supply chain shortages caused by the pandemic. Over-the-counter purchases also increased by 14.3% for calming, sleeping, and mood drugs.
    • At-home deliveries
      The “where” and “how” we purchase prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals has also shifted. Traditionally, the distribution of behind-the-counter pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs has been handled by drug store pharmacists. However, with the threat of the pandemic still lingering, eCommerce has expanded into new industries as the demand for at-home pharmaceutical deliveries rises.

  2. Illustration of a vaccineDistribution of vaccines

    COVID-19 vaccination efforts put a major strain on pharmaceutical packaging firms to quickly supply the packaging required to facilitate an accelerated time to market. A couple factors play heavily into the pharmaceutical packaging of emerging vaccines.

    These include:
    • Storage requirements
      MRNA vaccine storage requirements have been problematic (to say the least) for the pharmaceutical packaging industry. The requirement to store vaccines at a frosty -70 degrees Celsius can cause glass vials to break, destroying valuable vaccines sought after world-wide.
      To address these challenges, SiO2 Material Science created a unique vial made from plastic polymer, with a nanolayer of glass on the inside. The special compound helps to address the shortage of glass, producing a hybrid vial able to withstand the vaccines rigid storage requirements.
    • Multi- and single-dose vials
      As federal regulators consider the recommendations and rollout of a COVID booster shot, Pfizer looks to modify their packaging options to increase accessibility and decrease wasted doses.
      A CDC spokesperson confirmed more than 14.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been wasted thus far during global vaccine rollouts. This largely stems from deliveries of multi-dose vials and strict storage requirements that limits where and for how long these vials can be kept. By offering smaller packaging options, the pharmaceutical giant can cater to smaller facilities in rural areas to store greater quantities of the vaccine without wasting doses.

  3. Illustration of multiple vaccineSupply shortages

    Although the demand for pharmaceuticals has remained high, delivering on pharmaceutical packaging has been hit hard by supply shortages. Most vaccines require two doses to fully inoculate an individual, which effectively means doubling the number of vials required to assist in vaccine distribution efforts.
    • Vaccine vials
      Developing vaccines posed another unprecedented challenge for glass vial makers. While the race was on to develop a safe and effective vaccine to target COVID-19, few recognized the supply challenges that threatened its distribution.
      An estimated 15.6 billion glass vials were needed to vaccinate the world’s population. This sudden surge in demand along with the high cost of vial production equipment has made it hard for pharmaceutical packaging companies to produce enough vials to fill orders.
    • National lockdowns and border closures
      The pandemic has also introduced unprecedented supply chain roadblocks, which makes receiving and managing inventory flow a challenge. National lockdowns and border closures have slowed and even halted the flow of materials required for manufacturing. This forces many organizations to re-evaluate their supply chain strategies and focus on agility, efficiency, and resiliency.

  4. Illustration of pharmaceutical packaging Changing packaging design

    High global infection rates have been a leading factor in encouraging the packaging industry to reassess strategies and prioritize clean and safe packaging to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Pharmaceutical packaging firms now focus on package materials and tamper-proof packaging to promote health and safety throughout the remainder of the pandemic and beyond.
    • Package materials
      A study from the National Institute of Health, CDC, UCLA, and Princeton University found traces of SARS-CoV-2 was detectable for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. To protect consumers, new designs must incorporate the right materials to limit the virus’s survival rate on package surfaces.
    • Tamper-proof packaging
      Adding third-party delivery services to the distribution of pharmaceuticals leads to great concern over product contamination during the delivery process. Not to mention, at-home deliveries can pose a serious threat if delivered to the wrong hands. Creating tamper-proof packaging adds the extra level of protection to ensure public safety is maintained throughout each delivery cycle.

Conclusion

As many industries continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding new ways to optimize business operations is becoming more important than ever. Pharmaceutical companies must leverage the tools available to them to solidify any existing processes and ensure that they’re operating as efficiently as possible in a changing landscape. To learn more about effectively managing your quality control process, visit globalvision.co/quality-inspection-system or request a demo with a product expert.

 


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How to Speed up Product Time-to-Market
 
 

Date: September 29, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Seth Richtsmeier


In today’s competitive marketplace, offering consumers quality, innovative products is only half the battle. The market can quickly become diluted with products from competitors, offering similar features at comparable price points.

Take smartphones, for example. Apple entered the market with their original iPhone back in 2007, introducing a touchscreen display that set a new standard for smartphones, tablets, and even computers worldwide. 14 years later, the brand continues to dominate the U.S. market share with a commanding 53% of all smartphones.

For product-based business owners, product development requires a delicate balancing act between developing a valuable product for consumers and beating the competition to market.

If you’re too quick, you risk a lackluster product that leaves a poor brand impression on your audience. On the other hand, if you’re too slow, you risk losing your market share to the competition. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to quickly delivering a product to the masses.

There are several benefits an organization may gain from an accelerated product time-to-market. These include:

  • Greater profit margins and revenue from a longer time in the market
  • Increased market share and competitive advantage
  • Reduced research and development (R&D) costs
  • Better insight on developing market trends and an increase in product opportunities
  • Improved consumer relationship and satisfaction

To be successful in a consumer-driven business, it’s essential to deliver quality, innovative products, and fast! Accelerating your new product’s time-to-market can help your brand become an industry leader and stand out from the competition.

Here are eight strategic techniques to quickly get your new product to market.

  1. Develop a comprehensive product strategy
    Checklist of products and itemsConsider your product development strategy your roadmap to success. It should cover every step required to take a new product from initial concept to final distribution to make sure you’re well equipped for the project ahead.
    The more detailed and coherent your plan is, the more effective your delivered product will be. A business product development strategy is a useful practice to help organizations clearly communicate product objectives, prioritize tasks, and build the best team for the project. Not to mention, a thorough product development strategy can assist in identifying any process gaps that require further attention before they become costly.
  2. Focus on your workflow
    Illustration of a product flowshartYour company’s workflow ultimately translates to your organizational efficiency, which can either help or hinder your product’s time-to-market.
    A solid workflow has the potential to accelerate a product’s time-to-market by improving overall productivity. This may include streamlining or automating tasks and minimizing the potential for risks within product development. To improve your organization’s efficiencies, consider each step of the development workflow and the processes and procedures involved.
    Are there any steps or tasks which can be simplified? Work with all product stakeholders to review the product workflow and to identify areas that can be streamlined to increase efficiency.

  3. Target quality rather than features
    Illustration of an arrow approaching a targetLoading your innovative new product with all the bells and whistles can be time-consuming. After all, adding excessive features demands more time and effort and presents opportunities for errors or costly delays.
    Instead, focus on developing a high-quality product that solves a problem for consumers. What elements offer the greatest value for your target audience? Seek feedback from customers to determine which features are “must-haves” in your product development.

  4. Use what’s available to you
    Illustration of a product hierarchy Developing every element of your product from scratch is not entirely necessary. It can be a major time consumer when rushing to get your product to market before the competition.
    Repurpose components, devices, or modules, or leverage third-party tools available to your business. Purchasing or reusing elements within your product development is a strategic way to cut time and associated R&D costs within your product development cycle.


  5. Don’t be afraid to outsource
    Illustration of print inspection processKnowing your strengths and limitations can help achieve rapid time-to-market for your new product. Outsourcing whenever possible allows your organization to efficiently create the desired product experience for your consumers.
    If marketing or manufacturing is not your specialty, find the right partnership to help you achieve product objectives. Creating reliable third-party relationships in product development can help bring your product to market at an accelerated speed.

  6. Endorse agility within product development
    Illustration of a person reading a paragraphToday’s marketplace and consumer demands are constantly changing. Business agility allows product development to respond to these changes and create innovative solutions to emerging challenges and obstacles.
    The key to agility within product development is adaptability. To become agile, product development teams must focus on customer involvement. Facilitating consumer feedback and dialogue throughout the development process will result in greater inherent value for the final product.

  7. Track results
    Illustration of product analysisR&D is quite often the most critical part of a successful product development cycle. It can help your organization better align new offerings to the expectations of consumers while creating an innovative product.
    Measuring your process and product results is a key element to accelerate your development process and quickly enter the market. Using the product’s established key performance indicators (KPIs) as a guide, project stakeholders can quantify the success or failure of the product and make changes as needed.

  8. Improve data accessibility
    Illustration of a dashboardData accessibility goes hand in hand with tracking product and process results. Ultimately, greater data transparency helps to accelerate decision-making and improves organizational agility.
    By increasing data accessibility for the right parties, your team will be equipped with the data needed to make the best decisions for the product, and without a major lag in development times.
    But data accessibility is critical for your organization’s success far beyond the product development process. Data attained throughout development can help predict future industry trends, identify new opportunities for innovation, and help businesses generate new revenue streams.

Conclusion

In the end, getting products to market before other brands can give your business a significant competitive advantage. What’s important to remember, however, is that quality should never be sacrificed as a result of pushing products out the door faster. To learn more about effectively managing your quality control process, visit globalvision.co/quality-inspection-system or request a demo with a product expert.

 


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Why Outsourcing Prepress Can Lead to Quality Issues
 

Date: September 9, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio


For many businesses in the print and packaging industry, outsourcing prepress is becoming more and more common for a variety of reasons. Outsourcing lowers costs and helps businesses focus more resources on other projects, helping to increase their scalability. Despite the benefits, however, there are several cons that come with moving your prepress activities outside your organization.

Outsourcing can create a gap between workflow checkpoints, creating uncertainties in the way businesses operate. From the time files are sent to prepress to the time they are received back from the supplier, many opportunities for error can be created. Though there are significant time and cost savings associated with outsourcing prepress, it forces businesses to relinquish a certain aspect of control that oftentimes leads to quality issues and inconsistent delivery times.


Quality Issues with Outsourcing Prepressillustration of print inspection system

Implementing a proper quality control process is essential for businesses across all industries. By outsourcing prepress activities, companies must accept the fact that they might lose a certain amount of visibility when it comes to quality. Delivery times are another issue that can arise by outsourcing prepress. Chances are your business is not the only company that a prepress vendor is dealing with, therefore delays in sending back files are common. In addition, varying contracts from different clients can create a proclivity for the vendor to prioritize certain projects over others, letting errors and time constraints fall through the cracks.

Solving for Quality Issues Using Automated Quality ControlIllustration of a computer screen with additional widgets

One of the most effective ways to mitigate quality issues caused by outsourcing prepress is to introduce an automated proofreading process to inspect prepress files. Whether prepress files were prepared in-house or by a vendor, any errors or inconsistencies can be automatically detected without having to rely on the human eye. These errors can range from the occasional small spelling mistake to a catastrophic defect like a wrong logo or missing artwork component.

Automated quality control tools also provide significant time savings when it comes to inspecting prepress files. What would previously take hours to inspect can be cut down to seconds using automation, especially when files are large or complex. By ensuring that prepress files are entirely accurate, businesses can set the precedence for a successful print run without having to spend hours manually proofreading.

GlobalVision for Prepress TeamsDiagram of different screens and check boxes

Automated quality control tools, like GlobalVision, benefits businesses by providing reliable and repeatable inspection results across all departments. Without proper control over quality processes at the prepress stage, businesses run the risk of having production delays or errors in their printing. In turn, this puts customers at risk of receiving late or faulty packaging components. For both in-house and external prepress teams, automated inspection technology is a proactive approach to quality control that decreases the risk of errors at any stage of the workflow. To learn more, visit globalvision.co/prepress.

Date: August 31, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio


Technical writing refers to any communication written for businesses or industries that focuses on services and products. It particularly plays a vital role in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs, where content errors can irreversibly and negatively affect a company’s reputation. Complete recalls could be needed, potentially resulting in lawsuits or damaging a patient’s health.

Aside from text, symbols play an important role in harmonizing pharmaceutical labels across global markets. They help save valuable space while sharing important information and guidelines and also save on translation costs. To minimize misinterpretation across markets, symbols have standards in different regions of the world. From manufacturer symbols to safety and storage symbols, companies must ensure that these icons are entirely accurate to meet regulatory requirements.


Protecting critical content with automation

The pharmaceutical industry is a high-stakes game of chance where errors can cost time and money. Boxes, bottles, or bags must pass through various steps on their way from cruelty-free production sites to your medicine cabinet without error – that’s why they’re always so particular about what goes into those packages!

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most globalized, with products sold worldwide. But when it comes to adapting technical writing and regulatory symbols for foreign requirements, errors can always be introduced as no two countries have the same regulations. This means that even if you create a symbol in your own country, they may not function as desired abroad. Fortunately, modern-day technology has allowed businesses to ensure 100% accuracy before releasing products.

The use of technologies like GlobalVision’s automated quality control platform has made it possible for businesses to ensure 100% accuracy when releasing products. This protects labels and packaging from critical errors, which can have disastrous consequences if unnoticed during production or distribution channels.

This is why automatic inspection of text and artwork components on this type of packaging has several advantages in protecting technical writing or symbols. Firstly, they can detect any text deviation on common words, medical words, and foreign languages. Detecting such errors by only relying on the human eye can be long, cumbersome, and ineffective, especially when factoring in elements like proofreader’s fatigue. Automated quality inspection software eliminates these inefficiencies while also improving the accuracy of critical content. GlobalVision’s Text Inspection, for example, includes a built-in medical dictionary that contains thousands of commonly used terms in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.

Along with ensuring that their technical writing remains accurate, pharmaceutical companies can verify that ingredient lists, components, dosages, and other important information are accurately transcribed, translated, and spelled correctly. With GlobalVision’s Text Inspection, companies can add their own pharmaceutical dictionary that is completely customized to their brand. This allows them to build libraries that include terms unique to their organizations, helping to prevent the misspelling of medical and brand terms like product names.


Automated artwork inspection for pharmaceutical symbols

When it comes to pharmaceutical symbols, companies need great care in ensuring that their logos and text appear correctly formatted on labels. These symbols exist to protect the consumer while also adhering to regulatory requirements. And as anyone in the industry knows, rules and regulations covering packaging quality control are very strict. In the past, companies would inspect some or all of their products manually. This proves to be ineffective, inefficient, and often risky.


With today’s technology, pharmaceutical companies can integrate an all-in-one quality inspection platform anywhere along the production process. GlobalVision’s Graphics Inspection allows brands to inspect all parts of their artwork easily. Features of the artwork that can be inspected include logos, design, braille, color, barcodes, and more. This ensures that pharmaceutical symbols are accurately printed onto products before making it to market.

Conclusion

To achieve market success, pharmaceutical companies should invest in creating high-quality content. With the right technology, managing technical writing and pharmaceutical symbols can be done accurately and efficiently. Using trusted automated proofreading technology like GlobalVision, companies in regulated industries can automate their quality control and get products to market faster, with complete confidence. To learn more, click here.

Date: August 31, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio


Product development and manufacturing are at the forefront of any pharmaceutical company’s business activities. Research and development, as well as product innovation help, are key factors in differentiating one company from another in the pharmaceutical landscape. In such a competitive and regulatory environment, a successful product market integration is essential to the success of your company. Packaging and labeling processes are critical to ensure that products are brought to market as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible. In this article, we’ll explore 5 ways pharmaceutical companies can optimize their packaging and labeling processes.


Packaging and Labeling

With the majority of resources allocated towards product development and manufacturing procedures, packaging and labeling processes can sometimes be an afterthought. Labels and packaging components are just as important as the products inside when it comes to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.

With extremely regulated health requirements, mislabeling your product can have serious financial, legal, and safety implications for the brand. In foreign markets, not complying with local labeling guidelines can cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted inventory that can’t be sold. Packaging defects also include defective containers, mispackaging, and label mix-ups. Understanding the importance of a proper labeling process is essential to ensure organizational efficiency and the long-term success of the company.

Best Practices to Optimize Labeling Processes

Here are 5 ways your company can optimize the pharmaceutical labeling process:

1. Standardizing Labeling Procedures
Creating a standardized labeling process will allow your company to reduce much of the pressures it faces in terms of efficiency and operational costs. Meeting increasingly demanding regulatory requirements, gaining greater control of your supply chain, and increasing productivity are just a few of the benefits that integrating a standardized labeling process within your company can bring. The standardization process also eases the means of entry into new market opportunities by enabling a method of production that can be easily adapted to suit different packaging and labeling regulations from various regions.

2. Linking Data Directly to the Source
Tools such as a cloud system can help manage and update any regulatory data for products across various platforms and departments. This allows companies to systematically decrease the number of mistakes and inaccuracies that can occur on labels and packaging.

3. Using Automation Tools to Streamline Workflow
When it comes to quality control, the use of automated tools has several benefits to a company’s operations. Automation helps streamline workflows while enabling the traceability and accountability of changes that may have been made on labels and packaging files.

4. Centralize Data
Having all of your data gathered into a single, centralized system will increase the efficiency of information and data traveling within your company. Furthermore, it will mitigate the risks of communication mishaps. This is especially relevant when entering new markets where labels and packaging will need to be updated to comply with the targeted market requirements.

5. Prepare for the Unexpected
When discussing the importance of standardization, digital tools like automated quality control and cloud-based systems can help businesses prepare for any unexpected setbacks that may occur in their workflow. Having information that pertains to your labeling process readily available at all steps of the pharmaceutical workflow will reduce long project delays and the risk of letting a critical labeling error slip by.

The Pharmaceutical Labeling Process for Your Business

The pharmaceutical landscape is composed of ever-changing local and international regulations. As a result, companies require vigorous quality control standards across all processes. GlobalVision’s automated quality control tools ensure that files remain error-free from creation all the way through to production, allowing businesses to sign-off with confidence that their labels and packaging are accurate.

To learn more about the Pharmaceutical Labeling Process, click here.