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ABB Helps Schering Plough Upgrade Its Biotechnology Facility In Ireland

April 022004
Cork, Ireland, April 2, 2004 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will upgrade the Schering Plough facility located in Cork, Ireland with its Industrial IT Extended Automation System 800xA. The Schering Plough Brinny site, in operation for more than 25 years, manufactures Interferon alfa-2b used in the treatment of malignant melanoma, chronic hepatitis B & C, and other illnesses. In order to meet the growing requirements for Interferon alfa-2b, Schering Plough (Brinny) will extend their facility to allow for non-interrupted production of the drug.

The upgrade project will be conducted in two phases: phase one includes a new DCS for control of additional Fermentation equipment; and phase two extends the new DCS to control the existing facility. The combination of ABB's Life Sciences-focused technology, cost effective solution and strong local sales and delivery organization were decisive in Schering Plough's selection of ABB. "This project will run over a number of years and Schering Plough is seeking a "partner" as well as a project solution," said Mike Hennessy, Senior Project Manager, Schering Plough. "ABB provided a price competitive solution using the latest technology which is easy to support and expand; and because of their pharmaceutical industry knowledge, ABB will be able to assist Schering Plough with future regulatory (FDA) compliance."

The scope of supply consists of a complete FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliant process control system, including the following integrated core functions of System 800xA: Operator Workplaces, AC800M controllers, Field Device Integration, Batch Management and Information Management. ABB will design and supply Fieldbus networks connecting smart instruments, S800 remote I/O, intelligent MCC's and variable speed drives. The scope of supply also includes system design, engineering, system building, testing and commissioning, as well as validation support and customer training services.

ABB currently supplies Schering Plough with a range of products globally including; medium voltage switchgear, transformers, low voltage switchgears, variable speed drives, motors, as well as maintenance and validation services.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 115,000 people. For more information visit us: www.abb.com/lifesciences.
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