ABB and Werum partner to create 'Shop Floor Integration for Life Sciences' software solution for Pharma 4.0 | Automation.com

ABB and Werum partner to create 'Shop Floor Integration for Life Sciences' software solution for Pharma 4.0

November 272017
ABB and Werum partner to create 'Shop Floor Integration for Life Sciences' software solution for Pharma 4.0

November 27, 2017 - Today, many solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry are still not or integrated, requiring more effort to engineer and synchronize data between MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and DCS (Distributed Control Systems). ABB had added a software module from Werum IT Solutions to its Manufacturing Operations Management solution to address this challenge.

GE Healthcare is among one of the first customers that will implement this Plug & Produce solution. The “Shop Floor Integration for Life Sciences” module is a new addition to the ABB Ability Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) offering. At their manufacturing site in Uppsala, Sweden, which has one of the world's largest installed capacities for production of chromatographic resins, GE Healthcare will use the approach to integrate the automation and equipment level for the production of a chromatography medium.

The solution was presented at Werum IT Solution's annual User Group meeting in Lüneburg, Germany in October 2017. Since 1998, the event has brought together a global network of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing professionals.

The MES PAS-X from Werum will be integrated with ABB’s flagship Process Control System 800xA:

  • ABB and Werum have agreed on a long-term roadmap for an aligned offering
  • Faster Master Batch Record (MBR) creation
  • Joint deployment and validation approach

The solution implemented at GE Healthcare will be globally available for sale starting in November 2017 as part of the new Shop Floor Integration Solution for Life Sciences. It provides integration between Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and 800xA Batch Management, the integrated Batch system of ABB Ability System 800xA. It includes features for automatic parameter assignment and automatic synchronization of 800xA Batch Management recipe procedures and MES.

 

About ABB

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry, and transport and infrastructure globally. Continuing history of innovation more than 125 years long, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and has about 136,000 employees. 

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