By Jack Chopper, Chief Electrical Engineer, Filamatic, LLC
I have worked for an equipment OEM for more than 20 years, and I have become a staunch proponent of networking the manufacturing environment such that we realize maximum efficiency from the same. That is not to say that I am unaware of the security implications of doing so. Rather, I believe the gains far outweigh the risks when such networking is done properly and securely. I especially like the model where the individual control systems collect and forward data to a "disinterested," i.e. uninvolved central server for storage. The data storage usually includes some form of a relational database, allowing that nonmanufacturing system to sort, parse, analyze, present, and finalize for release.
By Hemi Sagi, Director, ATC, Inc.
Before new technologies were available to directly measure very small leaks, most leak measurements were done indirectly. Direct mass leak flow measurement has many advantages. It is independent of part volume or configuration, and it's not sensitive to temperature changes.
By Morgan Polen, VP of Application Technology, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Environmental monitoring is an important aspect of regulatory and quality control in the production of pharmaceuticals. The manufacturing environment must be controlled and monitored during the production of drugs. Final drug products must be sterile and not contaminated.
By Arthur Papineau, BS ChE, MBA; Ben Gomez, BS BA, MBA; and John Klostermyer, Ph.D.; STERIS Life Sciences
When deciding to purchase your first hydrogen peroxide vapor biodecontamination equipment there are many factors to consider. One of these factors involves the type of hydrogen peroxide you will use as the sterilant in your equipment.
By Jon Aldous, Product Manager, Vaisala Life Science Division
There are many reasons why wireless sensor communications seem to be the complete panacea for a wide area monitoring system. So why hasn't wireless monitoring completely replaced the traditional wired sensor? In spite of the impracticality of running hundreds of feet of cable throughout a warehouse and equipment continually being moved around a facility, to the physicality of a cleanroom not allowing cable penetrations, wireless monitoring has progressed leaps and bounds within the last five years.
By KR Karu, Pharmaceutical Industry Solution Director, Sparta Systems
Supply chain integrity is necessary to a pharmaceutical company's success. When dealing with a multitude of suppliers, spanning several geographies, manufacturing issues can arise if proper protocols are not in place. Specific challenges include product purity, regulatory compliance, safety, cost containment, and quality assurance.
By Gary M. Hutchinson, President, Modality Solutions
This paper presents highlights from a thermal performance study conducted by Modality Solutions LLC. The study examined the performance of five shipping technologies commonly used by specialty pharmacies to transport high-value, refrigerated specialty medicines against an industry-accepted temperature profile standard.
By Ron Guido, President, Lifecare Services, LLC
Many companies struggle with the need to justify investments in anticounterfeiting programs, but a sustainable process can be created to capture the financial benefits of brand protection programs and counterfeiting countermeasures across all functional areas, regions, and product lines of your company.