Medical and Life Sciences

There is a continuous shift in regulations and compliance expectations in the Medical and Life Sciences Industry. Globalization, the need for transparency, and innovative technology force companies to re-evaluate their fragmented approach towards all processes. With the drive towards creating safe, high-quality products from assembly to process to packaging – partnering with automation engineers and solution providers is imperative.

Automation in manufacturing of medical devices allows for safety and scalable production

The tremendous achievements in the Medical and Life Sciences industry over the past two years, from categorization to ground-breaking vaccine development and the trend towards digitalization, translate to more than just remote monitoring systems, individualized healthcare systems, or immunizations against future pandemics.

In the next two decades, biopharma, diagnostics, digital medicine, medical devices, and biomaterials are all moving towards revolutionary outcomes with smart food, e-immunotherapy, memory restoration for progressive neurological disorders, immunomodulation for invasive fungal diseases, and other related trends that will all lead to success for organizations that are scaling digital technologies.

Post-pandemic, leading organizations who have proven sustainable during the crisis have understood that the primary industrial challenge is maintaining urgency and collaborating with strategic automating partners and engineering experts. Their approach to developing patient-centric and value-driven policies reduce cycle time and cost and improve quality and output.

Revolutionizing Life Sciences with Healthcare 4.0 – One Industry At a Time

All the major stakeholders, from patients to physicians, employers, government, and insurance companies, have witnessed and experienced how COVID-19 has irreversibly altered the medical and life sciences industry, and how the industry has adapted to become stronger because of it. It has paved the way for all forms of healthcare services, from biotechnology, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, and related subdivisions, specialist facilities, and specialists, to leverage Industry 4.0 into healthcare 4.0.

The revolution has equipped turn-key automation companies with the tools to develop precise and flexible machinery with custom assembly systems that produce and handle high-quality complex components. More importantly, system modularity enables customized equipment and components attachments with the IoHT (Internet of Health Things), health cloud, medical Cyber-Physical Systems with dedicated machine learning, blockchain systems, and smart algorithms.

The aim is to provide a better experience while imposing no risk to healthcare workers and to improve prediction accuracy in patient care and service quality according to patient-scenario.

Healthcare benefits from Industry 4.0 technologies by the increased patient care

Biotech and Biomed – Automating a Better Future for All Organisms

Holistically, automation in biotechnology and the biomedical field may resemble automation in other industries. Standard processes like pipetting, production, analysis, and other related processes that organizations previously executed manually are now automatically controlled. However, processes typical to the industry hinge on the knowledge and expertise of process engineers and automation providers.

Consider biocatalysis, where the possibility of large-scale bioproduction of fine chemicals through biocatalysts and knowledge of metabolic engineering in developing green catalysts with multi-catalytic features and machine learning algorithms furthers catalytic efficacy. Other processes like automated powder dispensing (measured in picograms) and biotech microfluidics handling and dispensing-g (measured in picolitres) increase efficiency in high-throughput applications, which was previously considered a significant bottleneck process.

The focus of biotech automation, such as material handling robotics, is to perfect quality and standardization while saving time and reducing material wastage in botched assay runs. We aim to enhance automation on the factory floor and equip academic laboratories and biotechnology firms' R&&D departments with leading-edge automation solutions.

Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals, and Cosmeceuticals – Automating Disease Treatment

Similar to biotechnology and biomedical advancements, robotics, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturing industries employ automation solutions beyond palletizing operations. Utilizing robotics for repetitive procedures limits human risk and injury, improves product safety and compliance, and allows companies to reallocate human resources to enhance strategic activities. Consider application-specific end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT) that, through its versatility and flexibility, include grippers, pinchers, vacuums, suctions, and magnets that manage to pick and place small tablets without damaging products.

Just as EOATs eliminate human intervention, sophisticated vision systems enable automated systems to identify random patterns that identify defects and implement track-and-trace coding linked to secondary packaging cartons.

Are the benefits of automation limited to the pharmaceutical industry?

No, in fact the functional food and beverages and dietary supplements market valued at US$ 417.66 billion in 2020 expects a CAGR of 8.9 percent until 2028. This forecast supports the nutraceutical industry investing in automated solutions like a wide range of packaging solutions, liquid filling and closing machines for bottles, powder dosing machines for dual-chamber systems, and accurate counters.

Contrary to the boom in nutraceuticals, COVID-19 has comparatively slowed the cosmeceutical growth rate. However, despite the decrease, the CAGR projection is expected at 8.81 percent until 2025. The industry is fulfilling more stringent quality standards that require automated, controlled, transparent, and modular processes supporting nanotechnology to fulfill an advancing industry.

We are a Consultation Away from your Road to Success

Whether it is nanotechnology in cosmeceutical, virtual reality, 3D printing, or robotics — the fact remains that the medical and life sciences industry is striving to build revolutionary biomedical technologies and related products that improve the lives of people and animals. Advances in automation and technology have the potential to promote greater health for all, and B2E Automation is a partner that can help you to build systems that heal.

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