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University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research
September 13, 2018

University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research

The facility will bring together academics from different disciplines to explore the full potential of additive manufacturing (AM) for medical devices. The University of Birmingham has several active projects to innovate new medical devices and technologies to assist recovery following disease or injury, covering various clinical remits.

Rockwell Automation helps pharmaceutical company integrate upgraded automation systems
September 08, 2017

Rockwell Automation helps pharmaceutical company integrate upgraded automation systems

One biopharmaceutical giant recently needed to address obsolescence in two of its purification skids, and saw it as an opportunity to make some additional operational improvements in the process.

An Eye for Detail: Endress + Hauser brings advanced measurement to Cotter Brothers process skid systems
July 11, 2017

An Eye for Detail: Endress + Hauser brings advanced measurement to Cotter Brothers process skid systems

By Martin Raab, Endress+Hauser
Cotter Brothers generates one-third of its revenues with global customers, an area of the business that Randy Cotter Jr. wants to develop further. Many of their custom skid systems are equipped with measurement technology from Endress+Hauser.

Otto Motors helps GE enable lean manufacturing of medical equipment
April 26, 2017

Otto Motors helps GE enable lean manufacturing of medical equipment

GE Healthcare has reduced the size of its repair cell stations at the Repair Operations Center by 40%, much of which is due to the integration of the OTTO self-driving vehicles.

Renishaw robot assists successful neurosurgery procedure at Welsh hospital
April 18, 2017

Renishaw robot assists successful neurosurgery procedure at Welsh hospital

Renishaw’s neuromate stereotactic robot assisted surgeon Prof. William Gray during the SEEG case, a procedure which uses intracerebral electrodes to measure electrical signals.

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Wibu-Systems' CodeMeter used by Fritz Stephan to secure medical devices
February 17, 2017

Wibu-Systems' CodeMeter used by Fritz Stephan to secure medical devices

CodeMeter protects the company’s intellectual property against counterfeiting and reverse engineering, safeguards its EVE devices from tampering, and enables a convenient, online licensing system for its customers.

Werum's PAS-X MES turns Turkish pharma manufacturer digital
October 26, 2016

Werum's PAS-X MES turns Turkish pharma manufacturer digital

Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals has successfully taken Werum’s PAS-X Weighing & Dispensing into operation at their main manufacturing site in Istanbul, Turkey.

Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse
August 18, 2016

Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse

The challenge for the integrator that designed and installed the automation system was to find an ID reader that could deliver near 100% read rates, handle line speeds of 30 packages per minute. They chose the Cognex DataMan 300 image-based ID reader

Auris' Robotic Endoscopy system gains FDA approval
June 27, 2016

Auris' Robotic Endoscopy system gains FDA approval

The FDA has approved the Auris Robotic Endoscopy System as an advanced bronchoscope that aids in both visualizing and treating several lung conditions.

MedImmune Integrates Control of Distribution Center with Rockwell Automation
June 14, 2016

MedImmune Integrates Control of Distribution Center with Rockwell Automation

Vaccines are one of the pharmaceutical industry’s most perishable products. Any break in the “cold chain” could harm their potency and effectiveness. MedImmune selected the PlantPAx® process automation system from Rockwell Automation to control their cold chain distribution center's operations.

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Keyence vision system inspects data matrix codes
March 22, 2016

Keyence vision system inspects data matrix codes

H2M Technologies, a French company that builds packaging machines for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, uses Keyence's XG-7000 vision system for on-line inspection of statutory markings and data matrix codes.

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Pharmaceutical Plant Simplifies Reactor Monitoring
February 22, 2015

Pharmaceutical Plant Simplifies Reactor Monitoring

Chem Processing
By Rebecca Dettloff, SensoTech, and Holger Müller, SchuF Chemieventile Vertrieb
When an unnamed pharmaceutical manufacturer wanted to add a sensor to some reactors at a plant in Ireland, it opted for an innovative, cost-effective solution — a bottom outlet valve that incorporates a sensor that quickly and accurately monitors concentrations, phase separations and chemical changes in process liquids.

Omnity PLM software helps Cytonome purify cells
December 02, 2014

Omnity PLM software helps Cytonome purify cells

Cytonome produces cell purification systems and needed to achieve bi-directional seamless communications among engineering, manufacturing and purchasing. PLM software helped.

HMI simplifies FDA and USDA compliance reporting
November 25, 2014

HMI simplifies FDA and USDA compliance reporting

By: Julio Delgado, Stock America
HMI software from InduSoft provides eSignatures, database connectivity and other features vital to proper process validation and compliance with food and pharmaceutical regulations.

Indian OEM gets complete automation solution
October 24, 2014

Indian OEM gets complete automation solution

Packaging World
IMA-PG India recently incorporated a complete automation solution in its PG Express blister packing machine for pharmaceutical applications. Kollmorgen Automation Suite software was used, so PLC logic, HMI programming, motion control, and drive control are all integrated.

Octapharma adds Track & Trace software at pharma plant
October 21, 2014

Octapharma adds Track & Trace software at pharma plant

Octapharma, a manufacturer of human protein products, is using the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation solution in Vienna.

Energy Efficiency Makeover Yields Utility Incentive Rewards
September 26, 2014

Energy Efficiency Makeover Yields Utility Incentive Rewards

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
GlaxoSmithKline generated more than $2 million in energy conservation incentives.via building system, lighting and HVAC control implementations and retrofits.

Linking Labs to ERP Lifts Enterprise-level Productivity
August 31, 2014

Linking Labs to ERP Lifts Enterprise-level Productivity

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica, a research-based pharmaceutical company located in São Paulo, Brazil, installed a Thermo Scientific LIMS. By interfacing the LIMS with its ERP, GPSG Brazil can expedite the data flow between the lab and the manufacturing functions, streamline data handling, and integrate data collection and reports.

August 31, 2014

Process Centralization and Automation Proves Invaluable for ISO Audit

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Due to Cytonome’s new Empower PLM centralized and automated product development processes, auditors saw that they had the proper signoff, history tracking and reporting to meet ISO compliance guidelines.

UNIGEN starts up Werum's PAS-X MES in only four months
August 14, 2014

UNIGEN starts up Werum's PAS-X MES in only four months

PAS-X was delivered with the entire user interface in Japanese. Werum carried out this project in cooperation with their Japanese integration partner CST Chiyoda System Technologies.

Control System Upgrade Delivers Peace of Mind
May 24, 2014

Control System Upgrade Delivers Peace of Mind

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
By Don Geers, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals recently completed a control system upgrade at its bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) plant in St. Louis, Mo. They replaced the legacy PLC system with a process automation system from Rockwell Automation, which established plant-wide control and information. New HMI graphics were redrawn from the legacy HMI at the facility,

What’s Old is New Again
May 07, 2014

What’s Old is New Again

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
SCADA system helps Merck KGaA, the world’s oldest pharma firm, meet new European and U.S. regulations at its Merck & Cie plant. A central GMP monitoring system that comprises a SCADA system using InduSoft’s Web Studio is installed on an ESXi server, an enterprise-level computer virtual machine.

April 22, 2014

Calibration Can Be Condition-Based

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GlaxoSmithKline has a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Cork, Ireland, with more than 4000 control loops with HART and Foundation fieldbus. Streamlining regular calibration procedures is based on optimizing the plant's periodic calibration schedules using documenting calibrators and synchronizing instrument data between Beamex's CMX CMS and Emerson's AMS Suite.

Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs
January 27, 2014

Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs

Packaging World
Pharmalab, a manufacturer of natural health, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products, and food supplements switched from manual cartoning to automated robotic cartoning with the addition of five new MK-DLT integrated Delta 3 robotic cartoners provided by AFA Systems.

Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling
January 27, 2014

Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling

Packaging World
By Jim Butschli
Dako relied on a combination of semi-automatic and manual filling, capping, and labeling processes for liquid reagents. It changed to a Flexible Automated Bottling System from Inventek Engineering that provides automated filling, bottle tipping, capping/torquing, label application, and inspection.

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Massive geared motors support largest-ever toothpaste mixers
December 19, 2013

Massive geared motors support largest-ever toothpaste mixers

What’s New in Process Technology
Ekato is a manufacturer of industrial agitators, and scaled up the largest model to more than double the size, thereby implementing the largest discontinuous toothpaste production system in the world. NORD Drivesystems supplied two 250 kW motors with industrial gear units.

Control Valve Replacement: Alternative to Globe Valves
November 25, 2013

Control Valve Replacement: Alternative to Globe Valves

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
By Shamai Cylich, PE, RPA Engineering
An unnamed 18-year-old biopharmaceutical plant evaluated existing process conditions and devised a solution to replace its outdated globe valves with ball valves.

October 10, 2013

Dr. Reddy's ready to run PAS-X MES

Dr. Reddy's successfully rolled out Werum's PAS-X Manufacturing IT Business Platform at their Indian greenfield site in Visakhapatnam, India.

RSSL uses Morphologi to troubleshoot particle sizing methods
October 02, 2013

RSSL uses Morphologi to troubleshoot particle sizing methods

Scientists at Reading Scientific Services are using a Morphologi G3 automated particle imaging system to troubleshoot particle sizing methods for pharmaceutical clients and develop fully validated procedures.

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Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards
June 10, 2013

Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Over the last two years, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) UK Petrochemicals has empowered users to create custom dashboards based on Excel spreadsheet data and calculations using software from Sabisu. The software enables people to organize their data around "Communities" related to areas of interest.

Unilever installs six Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters
December 05, 2012

Unilever installs six Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters

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

November 25, 2012

Filler Brushes Up on Speed, Precision

Control Design, November 2012

Oystar's TFS 80-8 machine fills and closes 750 28 mm diameter toothpaste tubes a minute, or 45,000 tubes an hour. That's up from 510 tubes a minute for the company's previous machine. They did it with two synchronized robots, a safety soft-start/quick exhaust valve and a traditional 5/3-way directional control valve.

November 20, 2012

HMI/SCADA solution for pharmaceutical packaging equipment

Control Engineering Europe, November 2012

Machine builder Bausch + Ströbel, is now using zenon from COPA-DATA as a HMI/SCADA solution for machine operation, logging operational data and the control and monitoring of individual machines and production lines.

October 01, 2012

Medical device manufacturers address compliance mandates with PLM

By Eric Marks

Over the last several years medical device companies have been hit with injunctions, undergone product recalls, or found themselves operating under FDA consent decrees. PLM can help.

All-Fill uses Tolomatic electric actuators for container-lifting
September 25, 2012

All-Fill uses Tolomatic electric actuators for container-lifting

While the original pneumatic actuator worked well once set up, adjusting its force and speed to accommodate a different size container was complicated.

July 11, 2012

Emerson automates Jubilant Life Sciences plants in India

Emerson installed PlantWeb digital plant architecture at three plants, including DeltaV digital automation systems, Rosemount instruments, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software.

July 08, 2012

Mixing is critical to process success

Asian Engineer, July 2012

By Sean Ottewell

Mixing is a fundamental process operation, but how it is done has a critical effect on production - as the examples here highlight.

June 24, 2012

Defeating diversion

Packaging Digest, June 2012

By Lisa McTigue Pierce

New Sunshine applies RFID tags underneath decorative labels of high-end tanning lotions sold through salons to protect the products—and consumers—from insidious and illegal diversion.

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SORIN Group installs Cogiscan Track, Trace and Control software
June 09, 2012

SORIN Group installs Cogiscan Track, Trace and Control software

Cogiscan provided SORIN with a TTC solution on one line and a link to its MES system from Rockwell Automation.

June 08, 2012

High-speed vision system inspects sealed blister packs

Control Engineering Europe, June 2012

A high speed vision system has been designed by Optimal Industrial Automation for an unnamed pharmaceutical manufacturer that inspects for seven key visual parameters relating to sealed blister packs at two per second.

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