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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 26 Jan 2017

    Best Practices Specifying MES Workflows for Life Sciences Projects

    Author: Jonathan Lustri Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Life Sciences projects can be costly and be a challenge to keep in control. The biggest contributor to these challenges are the defining and design of manufacturing workflows. A Workflow is an MES procedural object used to replace the paper batch record. And for greenfield projects in particular, this can be a challenge. In order to define best practices...
    • 17 Aug 2016

    Integrating Single Use Equipment More Easily with Control and Manufacturing Execution Systems

    One of the trends in the biopharmaceutical industries that have taken root over the past decade and a half is the use of single-use, disposable equipment in the manufacturing process. Prior to their use, these facilities relied on inflexible, hard-piped equipment. An American Pharmaceutical Review article highlights the benefits of single-use equipment: Single-use disposable devices and systems have reduced overall...
    • 4 Aug 2016

    Integrated Biometric Authentication in Electronic Records

    How many of you have more passwords than you can possibly remember? Count me in with the affirmatives. Biometric authentication is one way to overcome this large and growing problem. For process manufacturers and producers, especially those in highly...
    • 18 May 2016

    Automating Tank Farm Systems and Work Practices

    Have you ever stopped to consider the path and ownership transfers your car’s gasoline or diesel took from the wellhead when it was still crude oil until you pumped it into your tank at the gas station? For the businesses involved in custody tr...
    • 7 Apr 2016

    Deploying Syncade Manufacturing Execution System in a Non-English Language

    Author: Jonathan Lustri I recently worked on a Syncade manufacturing execution system (MES) project where the system was deployed in Danish. Emerson executes all its projects with a global team and this one was no different. Our customer was Danish a...
    • 16 Dec 2015

    Niche-Buster Medicine Information Solutions

    Author: Michalle Adkins We are seeing a trend in the life sciences industry moving away from blockbusters to niche busters, population based medicines and even to the extreme of personalized medicines. The Emerson Life Sciences consulting team recen...
    • 7 Dec 2015

    Managing Coalbed Methane Wells Feeding LNG Plant

    Liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities require careful pressure management on their incoming gas pipelines. In a recent LNG Industry article, Turn it Up (and Down) , Emerson’s Michael Calvert describes the challenges and solutions around the San...