With well-known brands like Claritin and Clarinex, pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough also manufactures brands like Dr. Scholl’s and Coppertone. Schering-Plough needed a solution that could help them simplify their complex processes and overcome the following challenges.
- Accuracy and timeliness of manufacturing data.
- Maintaining the highest product quality while significantly reducing production costs.
- Wide variability in needed production time for similar products.
- Schedule compliance.
Schering-Plough was able to identify root causes of poor performance to devise corrective actions for substantial gains in manufacturing productivity. With the consistent availability of production data, Schering-Plough was able to improve availability, maintenance, and motivated operators to make contributions towards their continuous improvement.
Schering-Plough quickly realized significant business benefits, including:
- 26% reduction in the unit cost of production
- 62% cut of overtime expenses
- 18% productivity increase
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