Cost-Savings Generated with Rapid Method
When we spoke to large dairy producers in Europe, they mentioned by simply implementing the Innovate rapid method to replace their traditional agar-based method, and they were able to generate a cost savings of ~$450k after five years, with a return on investment of only 6-9 months! The shorter time to result delivered actionable information much faster than traditional methods, allowing them to confirm product quality sooner, and therefore ship to market faster in a process that shaved days off their inventory and production cycle times.
While this customer’s main driver was the faster turnaround time and recognition of revenue, another driver of the Innovate implementation was the data integrity aspect of the technology. When manufacturing companies are going through the testing process of their finished product, the results must be recorded in an impartial, unbiased way. Traditionally, as was the case with this customer, the results were recorded manually, and the lab technician had to manually upload these results into an excel sheet. I have been to some customer sites where they hired a single FTE for this data input based on the number of data results tested in a single day. The concern with this method is it is quite easy to make a user error when inputting the data. The data is not controlled or protected, making this method prone to user error. With the Innovate System, all results are automatically encrypted and stored, either locally or directly to the customer’s LIMS, and cannot be edited - taking away any risk of user error or data corruption.
Another driver behind the transition to rapid methods was the improved sustainability impact rapid methods bring to the table compared with traditional agar plates. The energy and resources required to carry out traditional agar plating methods are far greater than utilizing rapid method diagnostics. By transitioning to the Innovate System, this customer was able to save on energy costs through the reduction of autoclave use and incubator space required to run finished product testing, in addition to a significant reduction of waste materials.
When it comes to confirming the quality of your product, consider the Innovate System for its operational efficiencies, ease of use, and access to industry-leading technical and scientific support. Not to mention the significant cost savings potential! To learn more, visit our website at hygiena.com/innovate.
Will Gannon, Global Product Manager, Product Quality at Hygiena, has spent his entire career supporting the Innovate Product Line globally and is deeply passionate about helping companies improve their efficiency and sustainability initiatives through the adoption of Rapid Methods. Connect with Will to learn more!