In trying to bring therapeutics and vaccines to market more efficiently, many manufacturers need to deal with legacy equipment. Many have “islands of automation” consisting of a variety of equipment and skids without an overarching supervisory system. As the need for speed and agility is greatly increasing, biotechnology production facilities need some way to better visualize and integrate batch processing across various equipment and systems.
Control solutions enabled by ISA 88 batch in the controller are evolving to support more flexible engineering and agile process architecture. Process automation providers are making significant investments in solutions that intrinsically support flexible and modular manufacturing.
Orchestration can help achieve centralized recipe management, real-time visibility across the entire process, and paperless batch reporting. It enables faster updates to existing facilities and helps make Pharma 4.0 a reality. Manufacturers can quickly scale up new systems, update existing infrastructure, and make agile changes to product formulation without replacing existing equipment.
Technical Solutions Consultant, Life Sciences,
Honeywell Process Solutions
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