Life science process consultants can be experts in designing and operating purified water systems, bioreactors, automated inspection machines, or other specialized life science production steps. Clients can create hybrid teams with organizational process engineers using consulting engineers to balance and improve site skill sets and knowledge.
Different challenges arise in the production environment compared to the project environment, underscoring the value of allocating resources. For example, planning weeks of downtime to incorporate a design in an active production environment is challenging when equipment or a process step is critical, and the consulting engineer must quickly resolve issues.
In a project, some design decisions take careful and planned reviews that can take weeks to months, which is time that needs to be budgeted in a production environment. Using their vast experience, a consulting engineer will develop a detailed plan to obtain equipment, materials, and trade support to minimize the impact on production.
The graphic below shows how organizations can assemble teams using the three I’s: internal, integrated, and independent teams built with or without consultants. The ideal team formation can be determined by assessing the project size, complexity, and the organization’s available resources.