Articles & News on Pharmaceutical

Management’s View of Automation - Impressions of Automation Performance

  • Feature

By Bill Lydon, Editor A survey conducted by pharmaceutical companies of their operations management indicates management has higher expectations of benefits from automation than is being realized in their plants. Responses of that survey are highlighted in this Part 1 article from the 2012 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable.

Tofino Security Appliance Thwarts Cyber Attacks

  • Feature

By Bill Lydon, Editor The Tofino Security Appliance and its management software withstood a variety of sophisticated reverse engineering attacks conducted by Digital Bond, the world's most respected sources for control system security research.

Siemens Serves Users by Adding EtherNet/IP

  • Feature, January 2013 By Bill Lydon, Editor The addition of an EtherNet/IP stack to the Siemens Sinamics drives offers another option and makes life easier for users and machine builders. The Sinamics S120 drive products now support Profibus DP, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, and Ethernet TCP/IP.

IFR to host Robotics Automation Round Table at AUTOMATE

  • News

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) will host an exclusive press event for editors - CEO Round Table Discussion - at AUTOMATE in Chicago on 22 January 2013.

Emerson to automate European biotech plant

  • News

Emerson Process Management will provide integrated process automation and operations management systems for a new biopharmaceutical production center in Bulle, Switzerland.

The Market for Small-Payload Industrial Robots Grows

  • News

IMS Research predicts that from 2011 to 2016, revenues from articulated robots with a payload of below 15kg will grow on average by 6 percent a year.

Unilever installs six Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters

  • Case Study

Accurate mass flow measurements have improved product quality and reduced production time by 10–15 per cent at the Unilever facility in Gebze, Turkey.

Modernization Program with Broader Analysis of Existing Systems

  • Feature, November 2012
By Bill Lydon, Editor
Invensys Foxboro describes their Modernization Program as taking a holistic approach based on business requirements with four major goals - Reduce risk of failures, operational improvements, new & existing systems integration, and securing automation systems from cyber-attack.

Endress+Hauser Introduces Operations App

  • News

The free app provides mobile access to information about Endress+Hauser instruments, such as operating instructions and technical details, from a smart phone and other mobile devices.

Research Reveals Lack of Confidence in Gas Monitoring

  • News

The research says only 32% of managers are very confident that the gas detectors in their workplace actually work.