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Pharma software improves automation-layer integration

16 July, 2013

Rockwell Automation has released a new version of its PharmaSuite software for pharmaceutical and biotech production. It says that version 5 of the software sets new standards for MES (manufacturing execution system) performance in automation, risk management, cost reduction and regulatory compliance.

The new version can integrate and streamline production, not only across multiple production areas and product lines, but also from line to site level.

“With improved automation-layer integration, equipment modelling and non-order workflow management, the PharmaSuite v5.0 system helps manufacturers to deploy systems more rapidly with greater production flexibility,” says product manager, Martin Dittmer.

Automation-layer integration The software includes improved integration with production equipment and automated batch processing using the PharmaSuite recipe designer. It collects data automatically from production equipment, provides automation set-points, monitors automation events, and integrates process information into the electronic batch record to reduce the risk of human error that can result from manual data collection. The recipe designer now supports more production processes. Its enhanced information-flow design allows access to both definition and run-time information across the entire recipe to give users added insight into real-time production.

Equipment modelling The software uses a new equipment modeller to define the underlying model and optimise integration across various manufacturing types, including discrete assembly, weighing and dispensing, and packaging. This allows users to define the automation interface, maintain equipment descriptions and specifications, and use the new equipment modeller as the foundation for GMP-compliance tracking and automation-integration scenarios. The user interface provides quick access to production information and is optimised to maintain and analyse large amounts of equipment-related data.

Non-order workflow management The software redefines assembling and supporting non-order-related workflows that traditionally need custom programming by a systems integrator. Using S88-recipe design principles, the software enables end-users or recipe authors to create new workflows on their own, in minutes, by re-using existing building blocks. By creating and managing these back-end tasks, manufacturers can reduce overall production costs to help accelerate the return on investment.

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