The Pharma Challenges – Investment value and pharmaceutical automation demands

Challenge: Automation in the pharmaceutical industry has more requirements than other manufacturing. Especially requirements concerning safety, quality, and regulatory compliance increase production costs.

Indeed, the pharmaceutical industry requires that many key elements come together in each automation action, with strict quality and compliance measures adhered to. Quality isn’t finally designed in to a solution, it must be there from the core. This why COPA-DATA has strict Quality Control within its company culture, with a dedicated product for the life-science industries, embracing these unique challenges and demands head-on.

Automation in PharmaChallenge: People believe that there is a huge gap between the technologoy they use at home and the technology in automation at the plants.

One of the biggest revolutions in personal technology has been the intuitive interface on our smart phones. This type of user centric operating system has been dynamic and opened the way to bring technology to everybody. In this regard, zenon has pioneered with the first multi-touch HMI/SCADA technology, which is a window to our ergonomic user-centric environment. It embraces all our technology benefits to any user, directly through intuitive multi-touch interfaces.

Challenge: There are a number of projects initiated to maintain systems rather than adding new functions.

A significant advantage of having one product family for the entire scope of automation functionality for a facility which easily integrates to others systems, it that expansion of that project or adding other projects is performed in easy stages. Existing functionality can be easily expanded with integral functionality, simple configuration affords an efficient validation of added functionality; and communication brings the systems together. Design once and used many times, allows efficient reused and modular construction using pre-validated blocks.

Challenge: Very often, automation people are disconnected from the process. If automation is a separate function in organizations, most of the time it is not part of the decision process. This makes the problem even more complicated.

Employing high levels of technology brings people together – as technology advances the traditional boundaries are getting blurred. For example with the zenon Product Family you can access all production equipment and facility management processes, bringing these into the business domain through the zenon Analyzer and ERP interfaces. Link production operations to business measurable data, of cost, productivity, efficiency, energy usage, media usage. All of this through configuration, all of this in real time.
In this way, engineering affects operation efficiency. An integrated system can reduce the need for engineering interventions. The two become aligned and efficient through a common goal, with interfaces focused to their individual needs originating from the same data.

Challenge: A major problem is that operations very often does not talk to Automation.

Through my experience in LEAN and Quality Circles, progressive evolution is only possible through a task force of multi-discipline personnel. In my experience the problem was always getting the accurate data – to create measurable milestones they collectively must hit. zenon has a high level of connectivity to natively communicate with industrial networks, PLC’s, and devices, thus bringing systems together, providing real-time accurate data.

(Source: Management’s View of Automation – Impressions of Automation Performance)

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