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    • 4 Jan 2018

    Managing the Chain of Identity in Cell Therapeutics Manufacturing

    Medicines produced by pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers are manufactured in many ways. One particular type of treatment, cell therapy, is defined as : …the transplantation of human or animal cells to replace or repair damaged tissue. F...
    • 31 Oct 2017

    Successfully Implementing Process Analytical Technology

    It’s been well more than a decade since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a Process Analytical Technology (PAT) approach for pharmaceutical manufacturers in their Guidance for Industry PAT — A Framework for Innovative Pharmaceutical Development, Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance . While conceptually understandable, it has taken time for PAT to be put into practice in an effective way. ...
    • 11 Oct 2017

    Integrating Analytics Across Process Development Lifecycle

    For batch processes found in industries such as pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical, food & beverage, specialty chemicals, etc., analytics technology advancements are helping to improve quality, consistency and reliability. I caught up with Emerson’s Zuwei Jin for an update on these advancements and how they are being applied. He put together a chart of the process analytics landscape. The orange lines...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    3 Ways to Improve Packaging Line Flexibility for Increased Production

    You only have to walk down a supermarket isle to appreciate the diversity in the packaged goods we purchase. What was once a choice of glass jars or cans for many products now includes re-sealable bags, individual packaged servings, packaging made with recyclable feedstock, etc. Consumers, with their busy on-the-go lives, are creating this demand for convenience. Manufacturers providing these packaged products are...
    • 23 Aug 2017

    Pharmaceutical Wireless Instrumentation Retrofits

    Many industries have benefitted from the use of wireless instrumentation, but how about the pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing industries? Are there applications which might improve the performance of their operations? In a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing article, Retrofitting Pharmaceutical Processes with WirelessHART Instrumentation , Emerson’s Michalle Adkins and Dan Carlson describe ways that these additional...
    • 29 Jun 2017

    Improving Batch Manufacturing Workflows and Recordkeeping

    The pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing industries are challenged with errors in manual entries in the production process, getting batches right the first time, reaching final signoff for batch release, and managing the data accumulated throughout the production process. I caught up with Emerson’s Mary Sowders about some of these challenges and the way they are being addressed. Mary shared with me...
    • 26 Jun 2017

    Improving Pharmaceutical and Biotech Plant Utility Performance

    For pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers, the use of steam, heating and air conditioning systems, water and other utilities are an important part of the manufacturing process. Efficient and reliable operations for these plant utilities is very important. In a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing article, Monitoring Plant Utilities for Operational Excellence , Emerson’s Michalle Adkins describes how additional measurements...
    • 5 Jun 2017

    Enabling Right-the-First-Time Manufacturing

    Quality and compliance are indispensable in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. In a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing magazine article, Crazy About Quality and Compliance? , Emerson’s Michalle Adkins shares how organizational engagement, technologies and work practices must come together for safe, efficient and profitable manufacturing. Michalle opens sharing her experiences in pharmaceutical...
    • 4 May 2017

    Improving Raw Material Management Productivity

    For manufacturers in highly-regulated industries, such as pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, it is critical to keep track of raw materials as part of the production records. To minimize or avoid waste, it’s also important to use the first-to-expire raw materials from inventory. I caught up with Emerson’s Lynn Richard about his experiences to help a manufacturer solve this challenge and...
    • 24 Apr 2017

    Challenge of Designing PCS-Driven MES Architectures for a Greenfield Facility

    Author: Jonathan Lustri I have previously written about a design strategy where the process control system (PCS) is the primary system driving all procedural batch activity within a pharmaceutical process. In this architecture, the PCS ISA-88 procedural model must execute the both automated procedures and call the manufacturing execution system (MES) workflows to be executed when they are needed by the process. The...