Digital transformation of medical devices terminal sterilization by means of ethylene oxide

A new perspective of the future manufacturing process

According to the World Economic Forum, “Digital transformation is generating a fierce debate among policymakers, economists and industry leaders about its societal impact. As digitalization disrupts society ever more profoundly, concern is growing about how it is affecting issues such as jobs, wages, inequality, health, resource efficiency and security” (1) The purpose of this article is to provide a perspective of the digital transformation of a manufacturing process, using as an example the terminal sterilization process of medical devices such as the syringes that will likely be used to vaccinate us from COVID-19.
This example reflects how industry 4.0 is integrated in the evolution towards the Society 5.0. This is a concept developed in Japan referring to the digitalization across all levels of the society.

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