Transforming Innovations into High Performance, Standardised Products Available to All Laboratories
The DISC (Industrial Management & Supply Chain) brings together numerous forms of expertise covering industrialisation, production, product management and logistics in order to meet our customers’ requirements worldwide. Globally, the laboratory analysis market is extremely varied in terms of medical practices, organisation, legislation, regulatory requirements and funding methods ; and Stago must be the "solution provider" in all those aspects.
This department also has staff specialised in "ongoing improvement" (Validation of Methods, Metrology, Change Management), supply, purchasing, engineering and maintenance.
Our goal is to ensure long lasting satisfaction to our customers, a target fully understood and shared by all our teams.
Activities and Expertise
Even the most incredible innovation would have no meaning and no future without the ability to convert it to a standardised industrial product.
In terms of laboratory analysis, reliability and reproducibility of the analytical results delivered by a laboratory constitute key factors in the health care subsequently provided to patients.For this reason, our systems (analytical devices, reagents, disposables, services) must be beyond reproach.
3 Key Areas of Expertise:
- Instrumentation: wide-ranging expertise in robotics, data processing, electronics, electro-mechanics, optical measurement, methodology, micro-fluid science…
- Reagents: control over method process standardisation, "high volume" production, control of raw materials and biochemistry techniques (e.g. enzymology, immunology, purification) and in chemistry.
- Disposables: primarily single use measuring cuvettes (development, industrialisation, etc.)
From Industrialisation to the End User, Worldwide
Manufacturing activities follow a logic of continual improvement that allows us to:
- To ensure a constant supply of goods to our customers
- To guarantee high quality, robust products
- Increase the flexibility of processes to ensure continuous product supply
In order to meet the expectations of our customers, both direct (laboratories) and indirect (distributors, subsidiaries), we must pay particular attention to:
- Safety in production facilities
- Optimisation of ergonomics (assembly, integration) in order to ensure better productivity (in both qualitative and quantitative terms)
- Reduction of cycle times (i.e. the time required to manufacture a product; the shorter the time, the less risk of stock shortages)
- Integration of Quality Control at all stages of manufacturing processes
Expertise in Raw Materials Supply
- The ability, at the initial stages of the product design, to select the best match " item-supplier" meeting with the requirements of both "designers" and "producers" in order to ensure that customers' high levels of quality expectations are successfully met
- Selected suppliers are monitored and evaluated throughout the entire product life cycle
- Stago currently has a panel of more than 250 active suppliers for 3000 items used as raw materials and ingredients.
Ongoing improvement in this area is essential to:
- Secure supply of raw materials and ingredients
- Optimise stock levels
Expertise in DistributionSince Stago exports 91% of its production, a full control of logistics is vital: expertise in freight management (air, sea, cold chain, packaging, customs regulations etc.) and in stock and process flow management.
For its worldwide distribution, Stago currently uses two logistics platforms and satellite warehouses in accordance with geographical requirements.
As well as dispatching goods directly to end users and distributors, these centres also provide support to technical departments regarding rapid supply of tools and spare parts.
Continuous improvement processes are in place in particular to reduce order processing and preparation times.
Throughout the company, but particularly in the Research & Development as well as the Industrial and Supply Chain Departments, a carefully structured management method has been developed along the lines of "Lean Six Sigma" (originally implemented by Motorola). This method is used to provide a more global view of processes in order to ensure continual improvement of the quality of our products and services. Other tools such as Visual Management or the 5S, designed to optimise network organisation, are also used by Stago.