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Plug and Produce - the next level towards Pharma 4.0 at GE Healthcare

The new solution of connecting software and equipment in Biotech production will reduce engineering efforts especially regarding qualification efforts to satisfy compliance requirements.

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Today, many solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry are still not or less integrated, requiring high efforts in engineering and synchronization of data between MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and DCS (Distributed Control System). Especially in GMP plants (GMP = Good Manufacturing Practices) this has a crucial influence on time to market, quality and profitability.

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    Industry   Pharmaceutical and life sciences
    Customer   GE Healthcare
    Country
     Sweden
    Solutions  


    Pilot implementation at GE Healthcare

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

    GE Healthcare is one of the first customers who will implement this Plug & Produce solution.

    Werum's MES PAS-X with ABB's DCS 800xA

    The new solution was presented on Werum IT Solution's annual User Group meeting in Lüneburg. Since 1998, it brings together a global network of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing professionals – making it the biggest event of the Pharma MES community worldwide to foster new business opportunities and innovation. 

    The global leading MES PAS-X from Werum will be integrated with the global leading Process Control System 800xA:

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

    By bringing together both offerings, ABB and Werum IT Solutions are able to deliver full scope engineering and validation solutions according to the GAMP5 guideline, and comply with regulations, such as FDA (21 CFR part 11).

    MES / DCS integration solution for Pharma & Biotech

    ABB Ability MOM Shop Floor Integration for Life Sciences

    The solution implemented at GE Healthcare is globally available for sale from November 2017 as part of the Shop Floor Integration Solution for Life Sciences. It provides an 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.

    This automated integration significantly reduces the engineering effort of the integration especially with the high validation requirements in a GMP production environment. 



    ABB Ability MOM Shop Floor Integration solution allows automatic parameter assignment and automatic synchronization of 800xA Batch Management recipe procedures and MES.

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