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Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 36, Issue 7, pp. 24

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Managing information is a crucial aspect of manufacturing. This month's products include both hardware and software that help pharmaceutical processors maintain compliance and improve productivity. Workstations and a barcode reader from Pepperl+Fuchs are designed for cleanroom and classified production areas. Software from Knoa monitors employee use of enterprise applications. Software from Honeywell manages data to help users make faster, informed decisions.

Workstations designed for sterile environments

Aseptic Operator and VisuNet GMP workstations and PowerScan D Cabled Barcode Reader System Pepperl+Fuchs
Pepperl+Fuchs' human machine interface (HMI) solutions are designed for pharmaceutical processing. The Aseptic Operator Workstation features a flush, 316-L stainless steel faceplate, ergonomically-angled, antimicrobial keyboard, and an industrial-grade monitor with FDA-grade silicone gasket for use in sterile pharmaceutical environments. The gasket replaces the traditional silicon caulking, thus reducing installation time and eliminating the 24-h curing period. The workstation is compatible with standard maintenance procedures for cleaning solutions and for spray and wipe functions. If a component requires adjustment, there is no caulk to remove and replace, which reduces downtime by at least 24 h. The units are suitable for use in general purpose and Class I, Division 2 classified areas, satisfy Class 100 (ISO 5) requirements, and are Grade A/B compatible.

The VisuNet GMP workstation complies with GMP requirements for optimal cleanability, chemical resistance, no abrasion of materials, and antibacterial keyboards, and is suitable for cleanroom use.

The PowerScan D Cabled Barcode Reader System is now certified for use in Class I/II/III, Division 2 hazardous locations and in Zone 1 and Class I/II/III, Division 1 hazardous areas. It reliably reads all common 1D-barcode types, can capture damaged and difficult-to-read barcodes, and operates in hazardous areas under harsh conditions.

Software monitors user compliance with enterprise applications

Knoa Experience and Performance Manager Knoa
Knoa Software's Knoa Experience and Performance Manager (EPM) version 7.0 is an end-user monitoring technology that helps companies enforce the best practices needed to maintain compliance with enterprise applications. The software supports SAP enterprise software, including the SAP NetWeaver Portal, the SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application, and SAP BusinessObjects solutions. Knoa EPM monitors the entire SAP solution-based landscape, analyzes in detail the user's interaction with the application, and provides remediation recommendations so that users can take immediate action.

Software integrates enterprise-wide data

Intuition Executive Honeywell
Honeywell's Intuition Executive, the flagship product of its new Intuition software portfolio, delivers enterprise-wide information management, decision support, and collaboration tools. Companies in the process industries often use dozens of applications and hundreds of spreadsheets to manage complex production operations, monitor processes, and make operating decisions. The software integrates these applications and underlying data so that users can see, understand, and act on the relationships within the data. Intuition Executive is developed on and extends the functionality of Microsoft Corp. technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint 2010, SQL Server, and StreamInsight.


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