November Blog Series: Tools We're Thankful For
Insights From: Greg O'Neal (Fullscope Product Architect)
What is Dispensing?
Three basic principles drive the design of any production dispensing process:
– Unidirectional flow of materials and personnel
– Segregation between hazardous and non-hazardous materials
– Separation of storage and manufacturing items and spaces
In the past, convenience dictated the placement of dispensing areas, traditionally located right near warehouses where materials were stored. Today, the dispensing area is viewed as the entry point to manufacturing and the transition point for materials coming from the warehouse and entering process areas, so specific criteria will determine the best location.
Some materials can be weighed into intermediate bulk containers, such as corn starch or lactose used as fillers and binders for the formation of tablets and the filling of capsules.
Some materials need to be transferred to production in its original container and may need to be dedicated until dispensing has been completed.
Who is it for?
Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and in Food this would be used for issuing spices. Process Industries requirement.
How is it used in a business sense?
- Permits the bidirectional flow of materials with the return of remaining material after production usage.
- Permits the identification of materials that must be dispensing-controlled
- Permits the assignment of authorized personnel for dispensing
- Captures the electronic signature of dispensing personnel
- Permits the validation of dispensing weights
Why is it important?
- Compliance with regulations to prevent cross-contamination of materials.
- Accurate costing of materials to production based on dispensed usage.
- Ability to provide sign offs with electronic signature on dispensed materials in a regulated environment.
- Visibility in Electronic Batch Record.
- Compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices.