MES as the basis for paperless manufacturing in medical technology

MES for Medical Device Manufacturers

Product and DHR have to be perfect!
MES creates the basis for paperless manufacturing and closed loop manufacturing

Strategic MES digitalization platform: Siemens Opcenter Execution Medical Device and Diagnostics

MES as the basis for paperless manufacturing
in the medical device industry

Digitalization and paperless manufacturing are both a challenge, a goal and an opportunity for medical device manufacturers. The foundation is a powerful MES system that guarantees industry-specific requirements, such as continuous documentation (DHF, DMR, DHR) and compliance with regulatory requirements according to FDA or MDR, through industry-specific functions.

Siemens Opcenter Execution Medical Device and Diagnostics (Opcenter EX MDD; formerly Camstar Enterprise Platform) is a modern MES system that supports all processes from design to engineering, planning to production and enables continuous eDHF and eDMR as well as a self-auditing eDHR. Opcenter EX MDD helps medtech manufacturers to minimize the use of paper and formats such as Word, Excel and PDF and the associated frequent sources of errors as well as recall actions caused by non-conformances.

We have been supporting medical device manufacturers worldwide successfully for over 25 years to digitalize, optimize and automate their manufacturing processes. The combination of Siemens Opcenter EX MDD as MES system and znt-Richter as implementation partner offers you important advantages: You receive a powerful MES based on a future-proof solution platform from an experienced MES implementation partner for Smart Manufacturing and Closed Loop Manufacturing solutions.

MES creates the basis for paperless manufacturing

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Opcenter EX MDD

Video highlighting the functionality and benefits of Opcenter EX MDD

How digital is your medical device manufacturing?

Use our checklist to find out where you rank in paperless manufacturing on a scale of 1-10 and which areas offer the greatest potential for optimization.

  • Challenges
  • Goals
  • MES solution

Challenges in medical device manufacturing

Increasing regulatory requirements for the authorization and distribution of medical technology products, for example in the form of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), represent the biggest challenge according to inter-branch organisations.

They represent a considerable cost factor and demonstrably slow down innovation. At the same time, complex and increasingly fragile supply chains as well as the growing number of product variants increase the pressure to digitalize the own processes for a paperless manufacturing.

In summary:

  • Increasing regulatory requirements according to MDR, FDA
  • More complex authorization and distribution of products
  • Individualised mass manufacturing of complex products
  • Cost and efficiency pressures from design to manufacturing for a fast NPI
  • Global dynamic competitive environment
  • Product and (e)DHR must be perfect

Paperless manufacturing for medical device manufacturers

The goal of paperless manufacturing in medical device production requires the comprehensive digitalization of available systems and processes. This includes the replacement or integration of available systems to avoid media gaps in the transfer of information and data between development, planning, production and quality management.

In addition to the fulfilment of specific and often urgent functional requirements, the future security and investment security play a decisive role.

These goals can only be achieved with a modern MES system that is a central component of a forward-looking solution platform which digitalizes and integrates a wide range of systems and processes consistently.


  • Paperless manufacturing
    • DHF  eDHF
    • DMR  eDMR
    • DHR  eDHR
    • self-auditing eDHR
  • Continuous, bidirectional real-time data exchange between development, planning and production (PLM, ALM, MES)
  • Ensuring compliance of standards
  • Absolute FDA/MDR compliance
  • Cost savings without losing quality
  • Accelerated innovation (NPI)
  • Visualized performance data (OEE)

A modern MES system, such as Opcenter EX MDD, provides a future-proof platform to digitalize and integrate all solutions and processes. It is the centre of a strategic digitalization of manufacturing processes through seamless integration with PLM, ALM, MOM and APS. 

Therefore it creates the basis for regulation-compliant paperless manufacturing. Production models such as Digital Twin, Digital Thread or Closed Loop Manufacturing can be realised in the medium term.


MES benefits:

  • Paperless manufacturing:
    • DHF  eDHF
    • DMR  eDMR
    • DHR  eDHR
    • self-auditing eDHR
  • Digital Twin
    • Digital twin of product 
    • Digital twin of production
    • Digital Enterprise
      = ERP + PLM + MES
  • Closed Loop Manufacturing
    • Continuous, bidirectional real-time data exchange between development, planning and production
    • Digital Thread to continually optimize production


Benefits (based on chosen customer examples):



Hear more from companies like yours about Opcenter EX MDD

Leading global pharma company Head office: Basel

“Through a reduction of DHR review time by  75 percent we were able to adjust resources and increase our NPI significantly.”

Specialist for catheters and heart valves Head office: Irvine

“We were able to reduce our non-conformances  by 80 percent within the first two months of the Opcenter EX MDD implementation, eliminate all documentation errors and reduce the number of NCRs close to zero."

Global manufacturer of micro surgery & ophthalmology devices Head office: Jena

“By using Opcenter EX MDD as central digitilization platform we reduced our scrap by 95 percent and achieved a significant cost reduction."

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