Single-Use Systems: Balancing the Need Between Customization and Standardization

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Parker_LOGOIn June 2016, Parker domnick hunter began manufacturing in its new single-use facility in Birtley, Co Durham, UK. Here I discuss the approach taken in the design, testing, and manufacturing of single-use assemblies and some of the advantages they can have in terms of lead times, inventory control, and supply chain robustness.

Challenges of Customization
For some time, the message relayed to biopharmaceutical manufacturers was to design exactly what you want and need for each process. That meant a customized solution for every operation, for every scale, and for every product. There is no doubt that single-use technology has dramatically increased the flexibility of biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, but this has led to some challenges for the implementation of single-use systems.

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