BioPharm International - November 2022

BioPharm International - November 2022

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4 BioPharm International ® Manufacturing and Facilities 2022 eBook T he world around us is rapidly changing. From modern medicine breakthroughs to a worldwide health crisis response, life sciences manufacturers must turn their focus to speed and reliability. One way they are do- ing this is by employing advanced single-use sys- tems (SUSs) in connected facilities. It is well known that single-use equipment can help manufacturers increase efficiency and profitability by simplifying production and reducing the need for clean-in-place operations. But when many think of single-use tech- nologies (SUTs), they often think of low automation; when in truth, the next generation of SUTs is high- ly advanced and offers a wide range of flexibility manufacturers need. These advances in SUSs help manufacturers add equipment that allows them to complete faster changeovers, provide flexibility in recipe management, and improve uptime. Technical advances are helping manufacturers get their phar- maceutical products to market faster while providing opportunities for increased automation. When the project goals are to maximize flexibility and data capture, while laying the foundation for digital trans- formation, early automation design collaboration is key to successfully starting up or adding intelligent technologies to a single-use facility. Stage gates can create barriers to advances For decades, the industr y norm has been to take a linear approach to facility design and planning. An end-user would come to an engineering company, ex- press their requirements for the facility, and much of the design and planning would be done with limited input from automation suppliers. This could lead to equipment not using automation, leveraging obso- lete technologies or designs, and a lack of standards between equipment vendors. When it is discovered that an area could benefit from a modern automa- tion solution (during detailed design, commission- ing, or while in operation), significant rework may be From Design to Qualification: Creating the Most Efficient Single-Use Facilities Ryan Campbell , is the technical consultant manager for Rockwell Automation. Kevin Schreier is the director of process engineering for IPS- Integrated Project Services, LLC. Through collaboration and transparency, engineering and automation companies can achieve great efficiencies and success for their customer by integrating intelligent design into a facility. EGOR - STOCK.ADOBE.COM

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