The benefits of applying digitalization during operations are well elaborated, still successful realizations are mostly in a Proof of Concept phase. At LOBA GmbH (AT), digitalization was driven big steps further!
At LOBA, a major investment (€100+ Mio) for a new biopharma facility was started in 2021. The project realization was supported by an integrated, digital toolchain for all project delivery partners- from feasibility to Concept-, Basic- , and Detail Design, 3D design, E&IC and fabrication -, enabling an ultra -fast track project execution of the investment within 24 months, paperless, digital qualification included. Based on the comprehensive digital data, a digital shopfloor was established for supporting the onboarding and training of new employees, supporting operators and maintenance engineers with digital assistants running on smart devices (tablets, smartphones).
Further innovative assistant system for creation of SOPs based on a 3D walkthrough are currently under development and already available as prototypes. The process simulation of the plant – virtual factory - allows the evaluation of consequences of production increase (debottlenecking) or new products on energy consumption, WFI usage or buffer and steam supplies.