Simulation Modeling Helps Bring Pain Reliever to Market
Pharmacia’s Searle plant
in Caguas, Puerto Rico, produces more than 20 brands of
pharmaceuticals. Faced with the responsibility of undertaking
a launch of the new prescription drug Celebrex, Searle Caguas
had the daunting task of producing launch requirements in
three months, plus packaging and shipping the capsules in
a timely manner. Searle assembled an ad hoc task force—the
Celebrex Readiness Team—to manage the introduction
and commercial production of the new product.
The team searched for a simulation- modeling solution
that was affordable, user-friendly and had animation capabilities.
Additionally, it had to be powerful enough to handle different
process details without losing model credibility and validity.
The animation feature was necessary in order to depict the
process operation for the team members to verify model logic
Searle Caguas turned to ProcessModel for all these reasons.
Data Analysis Software Integrates with Shop-Floor CMM
Steelcase Inc., an international
work-effectiveness company, produces interior architectural
products, including furniture systems, technology products,
seating, lighting, storage and related services to individuals
and organizations around the world. The company currently
implements lean manufacturing, and Steelcase engineers and
quality professionals are charged with designing and maintaining
processes with the objective of producing consistently conforming
equipment that meets customer requirements while minimizing
Realizing that variations were apparent in the inspection
process, a team was created to improve process control for
automatic die presses and manual press brakes in the Steelcase
Because of the noted success in its other manufacturing
facilities, Steelcase decided to use StatSoft’s STATISTICA
Enterprise-wide SPC System Interactive Quality Control Charts
to monitor inspection results. SEWSS helped to quickly identify
that measurement error was a key source of variation.