Advantages of the InQuest Science Identifier Defect Management System over MES

The InQuest Science Identifier (ISI) defect management system offers several advantages over using larger Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for parenteral visual inspection test set management, training, and qualification of visual inspectors and vision systems.

  • Specialized Expertise: The ISI defect management system is specifically designed by subject matter experts (SMEs) for pharmacopeial parenteral visual inspection, which requires a high level of precision and expertise. It focuses on the unique challenges and extensive requirements of visual inspection in the global pharmaceutical industry, allowing for more specialized and in-depth workflows that the broader MES systems can’t effectively provide.
  • Enhanced Accuracy: The ISI system leverages a digital defect library that contains detailed information about various particulate and physical defects found in parenteral products. This specialized knowledge helps in accurately identifying and classifying defects during the routine inspection process, leading to improved accuracy and reduced false positives or negatives.
  • Training and Qualification: ISI provides comprehensive support for training and qualification of visual inspectors and vision systems. It offers targeted training with defect challenge test sets specifically tailored for visual inspection in the pharmaceutical industry, ensuring that inspectors are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet FDA expectations. The system also facilitates the qualification process, enabling efficient evaluation and documentation of inspector or vision system performance.
  • Efficient Defect Management: The ISI is a modular system that streamlines the defect management process by providing a centralized platform for recording, tracking, and analyzing visual inspection data. This includes calibration and control of visual inspection test sets, monitoring of training or requalification progress, automated recording of documented testing and qualification of inspection procedures. It offers advanced reporting and analytics capabilities specific to visual inspection, allowing for effective defect trending, root cause analysis, and continuous process improvement.
  • Integration Flexibility: While larger Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) may have a broader range of functionalities, they may lack the depth and specialization required for extensive visual inspection processes. The ISI system can be seamlessly integrated with MES or other manufacturing information systems, leveraging the strengths of both platforms. This integration flexibility ensures that the ISI system can work in harmony with existing manufacturing processes while providing specialized workflows.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Visual inspection detection test sets and demonstrated inspection qualification are critical aspects of global pharmaceutical manufacturing, and regulatory agencies have specific requirements regarding defect management and inspection processes. The ISI defect management system is designed to meet these regulatory standards, providing documentation and audit trails to support compliance efforts aligned with USP-790, USP-1790 guidance and world-wide expectations.

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