Effectively Utilize Technologies For Process Automation

June 26, 2014
Involve system designers, production, maintenance, quality and compliance from the project’s inception to completion.

Business continues to push for higher output, higher quality, greater consistency, more granular traceability, higher efficiencies and lower cost of goods manufactured — all while meeting regulatory compliance. In many companies, Plant, Corporate Engineering, IT and their partner integrators are pitching in to do their part to achieve success in meeting their business objectives.

The techies are helping production and compliance in many ways by using the most current technologies for computers, process controls, software, networking and security. These platforms are being integrated into comprehensive systems providing new levels of efficient and effective process controls, data capture and real-time information analysis.

Let’s explore the tools making automation in manufacturing contribute more to the bottom line than ever before. Note the following technologies and platforms are currently being used in validated environments by various manufacturers in the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industries.

An efficient manufacturing automation system makes optimal use of available components in five synchronized areas:

1. Process Controls Platform, such as PLC, PAC or DCS
2. HMI (Human Machine Interface)
3. Server Infrastructure
4. Historian and Relational Databases for Process Data and Events
5. Network and Access Security.

Read more of this article from our sister publication Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.

Chemical Processing has covered this topic as well:

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