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2018 Salary Survey Results:  The pay raise engineers have been waiting for
April 22, 2019

2018 Salary Survey Results: The pay raise engineers have been waiting for

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The financial situation of the average automation engineer got a nice boost in 2018. With the need for experienced professionals still growing, we anticipate the demand to remain strong for engineers for the foreseeable future, with a great deal of opportunity for young graduates and those who are interested in a STEM career.

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms
March 15, 2019

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms

By Megan Berkowitz
As pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies move toward greater digitalization and the storage of more valuable data, their digital security practices become more and more critical.

Is the Medical Device Regulation a Threat to Additive Manufacturing?
May 23, 2018

Is the Medical Device Regulation a Threat to Additive Manufacturing?

By Bryan Austin, Renishaw
the European Union’s (EU’s) new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) could drastically impact the way that medical devices are made in the EU, particularly those that are produced using additive manufacturing (AM). This article provides advice on how companies in the additive manufacturing industry should handle the MDR.

Medical Robots are Coming. Are You Ready?
January 06, 2017

Medical Robots are Coming. Are You Ready?

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Automation Writer
According to a study by market intelligence firm Tractica, the number of medical robots entering practice is expected to triple in the next five years, exceeding 10,000 and culminating in over 38,000 industry wide.

Strict But Supple: Automation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
November 21, 2016

Strict But Supple: Automation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

By Robert Harrison, COPA-DATA
Biopharmaceuticals represent the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry, making up about 20 per cent of the market. Annual growth rates of the biopharma subsector are around eight per cent - double that of more traditional pharmaceutical sectors.

Off the Record: The Truth About Data Integrity in Pharma
October 26, 2016

Off the Record: The Truth About Data Integrity in Pharma

By Lee Sullivan, COPA-DATA UK
This article explores three data integrity pitfalls to which pharmaceutical manufacturers are most vulnerable, and shares how to avoid these costly obstacles.

2015 PAR Insights: Leveraging Supply Chain Solutions with Stage-By-Component
September 09, 2016

2015 PAR Insights: Leveraging Supply Chain Solutions with Stage-By-Component

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Automated Guided Vehicles (AVG) served as an enabling technology for a pharmaceutical manufacturer to achieve Stage By Component (SBC) – the delivery of every component required in the production process, "when I need it and where I need it."

Bridging the Islands of Automation: Continuous Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry
July 05, 2016

Bridging the Islands of Automation: Continuous Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry

By Robert Holloway, EU Automation
This article discusses the potential of continuous manufacturing compared to its isolated, batch manufacturing alternative, in relation to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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Project Management Benchmarking Survey
April 18, 2016

Project Management Benchmarking Survey

By: Bill Lydon, Editor
This article will share some of the key presentation points, and the lively discussion that followed, from the 2015 PAR Benchmarking Survey on Project Management.

Automation and "Factory of the Future"
November 09, 2015

Automation and "Factory of the Future"

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The growing need in the biotechnology industry for many new products that serve smaller populations is driving manufacturers to consider highly flexible, modular facilities. The emerging “Factory of the Future” model is intended to address this new customized, small-batch product demand.

Automation Engineering Survey Results
September 14, 2015

Automation Engineering Survey Results

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Pharmaceutical automation professionals participated in an Automation Engineering Survey that focused on career, training, development, work tasks, use of contractors and more. This article summarizes the results of that survey. While the results are particular to the pharmaceutical industry, they are indicative of challenges faced by all industry segments.

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Advances in Process Analytical Technologies
August 10, 2015

Advances in Process Analytical Technologies

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
By Emil W. Ciurczak
Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and instrument vendors are continually advancing the usability, reliability, accuracy and efficacy of their technologies, and the first half of 2015 is no different.

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Collaborative Robots Transform Industry
May 01, 2015

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I am convinced that collaborative robots are the highest impact automation development to improve manufacturing since the assembly line. If this development follows the cost performance trends of past developments, like PCs, we at the beginning of a new revolution.

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014
April 24, 2015

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014

By Bill Lydon, Editor
According to IFR, more than 220,000 robots were sold globally in 2014. The automotive industry is still the strongest, followed by the electronics industry. But there are many more applications in other industries that are just starting to grow, particularly with new small, safe, and collaborative robots.

Pharmaceuticals Turn to Machine Vision to Combat Counterfeit Drugs
December 30, 2014

Pharmaceuticals Turn to Machine Vision to Combat Counterfeit Drugs

Machine Vision On Line
By Winn Hardin
1D barcodes and 2D data matrix codes, along with optical character verification (OCV), are the standard methods for verification and identification, which means plenty of market opportunities for machine vision companies.

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Advanced Analytics Improve Biopharma Operations
December 01, 2014

Advanced Analytics Improve Biopharma Operations

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
By Eric Auschitzky, et al, Mckinsey
To achieve operational excellence, biopharma manufacturers must develop capabilities in advanced analytics. Many manufacturers are overwhelmed by the complexity of their operations, and complexity often causes significant process variability.

Real-Time Monitoring
December 01, 2014

Real-Time Monitoring

Chemical & Engineering News
By Ann M. Thayer
Process analytical technology (PAT) appears in all stages of pharmaceutical production. But drug companies have been slow to achieve the vision laid out for them by the Food & Drug Administration 10 years ago: complete, closed-loop use of in situ analytics in process design, monitoring, and control.

February 9, 2015 - February 11, 2015

ISA FPID Division Symposium


Spring House, PA, USA

The symposium will bring together experts, from end users, , engineering consultants and supplier communities in a two-day symposium to cover the important issues of automation and their impact on the pharmaceutical (and food) industry.

How to Predict Contained Dust Collection System Performance
October 26, 2014

How to Predict Contained Dust Collection System Performance

Pharmaceutical Processing
By David Steil, Camfil Air Pollution Control
Surrogate testing offers a way to provide meaningful performance information prior to installation, to help pharmaceutical manufacturers determine if the equipment will meet required specifications and standards for a specific project.

October 26, 2014

An Introduction to 21 CFR Part 11

Pharmaceutical Processing
A deeper look at the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Regulations, and why they are so important in today’s life science environment.

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