We congratulate Merck Category Winner for Operational Excellence

Published Thursday, March 21, 2013

Category Winner for Operational Excellence

Merck & Co., Inc. 
Vaccine and Biologics Sterile Facility (VBSF) in Carlow, Ireland

Merck Vial Inspection Equipment Merck Vial Filling

 

 

 

 

 

Merck needed to make a strategic investment in its manufacturing network to support its long range biologics and vaccine pipeline, resulting in the VBSF project in Carlow, Ireland. This was Merck's first green-field sterile processing facility built outside the US and from the beginning, the project team was committed to employing a Lean Six Sigma philosophy as the foundation for every part of the project.

       2013 FOYA Operational Excellence Logo  

 

 

 

 

Lean Six Sigma was used by the team to manage the dynamics of the decision process during the early project scoping, design, and integration activities and the formation of a "One Team" culture. In addition, many focused Lean projects were done independently and seamlessly integrated back into the larger program, including design of the syringe filler, eBeam reliability, and media/buffer suite design. Lean Six Sigma was also employed during project execution, where the methodology drove efficiency of decision making and rapid implementation of remediation measures.

Lean Six Sigma was successfully applied in every facet of this project, prompting judges to select the VBSF project as the winner in the Operational Excellence category.

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