Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium report

  • February 18, 2015
  • ISA
  • News

February 18, 2015 – Nearly 130 professionals within the automation and control field and the pharmaceuticals and food industries gathered in Philadelphia last week to explore solutions to the critical challenges relating to automation in food processing and drug manufacture and distribution.

The second annual ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium delivered best-practice insights and approaches to leaders of pharmaceutical and food processing companies seeking to improve quality, safety, reliability, profitability, cost control and production throughput. The meeting’s content-rich technical program, titled a “Pharmaceutical Automation Technology Update: Control, Optimization, Measurement, and Serialization,” highlighted the latest trends, innovations, strategies and techniques in process automation through expert-led technical sessions and numerous roundtable discussions.

A spectrum of technical sessions covered key topics and issues of importance, such as:

  • Measureable Business Value Improvement from Automation Investments
  • Implementing Electronic Record Systems - Through an Operations Information Infrastructure
  • Benchmark Summary of Automation in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Manufacturing Operations
  • Automation, Disposables, and Factory of the Future: What Does it Mean to Automate a Flexible Facility?
  • How to Pick an MES or Batch Execution System
  • Using Data to Optimize the Product Life Cycle
  • Serialization Training
  • Serialization Case Study with Global perspective
  • Recent Trends in Data Integrity
  • Compliant Optimized Business Processes within a Regulated Industry
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – A Perspective
  • Integrated Factory Infrastructure - Mitigating Security Risks (Cyber Security)
  • Alarm Management Reflection and Update
  • The Future is Now - Integration of Process, Electrical and Process Control Engineering

Other valuable components of the 2015 FPID Symposium included:

Featured presentations by two visionary experts in automation and control: Paul McKenzie, Ph.D., (Vice President of Manufacturing and Technical Operations at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and Peter Martin, Ph.D., (Vice President of Business Value Solutions at Schneider Electric). Dr. McKenzie’s presentation, titled “Using Data to Optimize Product Life Cycle,” illustrated how organizations are recalibrating their knowledge management strategies through better use of information technologies. Dr. Martin’s presentation, titled “Applying Control Theory to the Real-Time Value Chain,” revealed how industrial companies can more effectively apply automation strategies and solutions to achieve optimum results.

A vendor exhibit featuring the products and services of 19 leading companies.

The opportunity to gain professional development hours (PDHs). Each attendee could obtain up to 16 PDHs.

“I want to take this opportunity to recognize the pharmaceutical and food industry subject-matter experts—particularly the end-user presenters—the event speakers and the ISA professionals and volunteers whose time and contributions made the symposium so rewarding and successful,” said Bill Dugary, the Conference Chair of the 2015 ISA FPID Symposium. “I also want to sincerely thank the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), the Philadelphia Drug Exchange (PDE), other sponsors and the many automation companies and suppliers on hand for their involvement and vital support.”

Dugary, a Life Member of ISA who serves as an automation consultant and Senior Business Development Manager at Applied Control Engineering, Inc., emphasized that ISA is committed to continually enriching the content and broadening the appeal and reach of its FPID event.

“First of all, there is no substitution for a live, in-person gathering,” he insists. “Attending, in person, an event provides the personal interaction and emotional resonance that are so essential to learning and building relationships. The feedback I received from attendees at this year’s FPID Symposium made that clear.”

Dugary encouraged all professionals in the automation community and throughout the pharmaceutical and food industries to explore ways that they can contribute to next year’s FPID event.

“FPID is a unique opportunity because, to great degree, it’s designed to furnish the real-world perspectives of end users, to illustrate what challenges they’re facing and what solutions they need,” he explained. “Whatever your role—supplier, system integrator, engineering firm or other—we invite you to get involved, whether it’s by attending, volunteering, sponsoring or speaking. Our focus is on continuing education and learning and bringing value to everyone.”

ISA’s 2016 FPID Symposium is tentatively scheduled to take place 15-16 March 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Symposium organizers are already recruiting volunteers, participants and speakers for the event.

About the ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) The Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (also known as FPID) is organized within the Industry and Sciences Department of the International Society of Automation (ISA). FPID expands awareness and understanding about the latest technologies in automation, sensors, instruments, other equipment, computer systems and software application for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and Pharmaceutical Supply Chains (PSC).

The FPID retains a knowledge base of design, engineering, system, software, process automation, validation, quality, research, and scientific professionals. Division members: share and enhance their personal expertise in CPG product manufacturing and packaging, pharmaceutical R&D, clinical trials, and the manufacturing of tablet formulations, parenteral and biotech products; help provide global leadership at the US Food and Drug Administration and other international regulatory bodies; and furnish valuable knowledge and input on controversial issues regarding instrumentation, analysis automation, equipment and system validation, and testing for regulatory compliance.

About ISA Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation.


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