Automation & IT

Manufacturing Execution System Provides Production Agility

By Chemical Processing staff

Mar 30, 2014

Rockwell Automation’s PharmaSuite v5.2 manufacturing execution system (MES) includes improved agility and production control. It also features native integration with FactoryTalk Historian software and the OSIsoft PI System to help pharmaceutical and biotech companies optimize production, improve reporting and shorten development time.

Recipe elements can be executed in parallel by multiple shop-floor operators with the PharmaSuite v5.2 system. On the production line, recipe tasks can be freely moved between electronic batch recording stations or can be fixed to a specific station by recipe design. This iteration allows operators to define and control the level of execution freedom on the shop floor and increases the efficiency of electronic batch recording.

In addition, the PharmaSuite v5.2 system supports dynamic registration of devices like industrial laptops or tablets to a production line station to enable worker mobility and collaboration in a more flexible but still secure manner.

The newest version of the PharmaSuite system also includes native integration with FactoryTalk Historian software and the OSIsoft PI system to increase insight into production by gathering and archiving actionable information into one deliverable. Historian integration automates the process of collecting historical data, developing trend charts and attaching this information to the batch record. This reduces human error so operators can focus on production rather than reporting.

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