Wireless technology and software solutions support pharmaceutical operations by providing data rapidly to manufacturers and analytical scientists. By fostering process understanding and offering fine control, this month's information technology (IT) products help companies optimize their manufacturing and testing procedures. Emerson's wireless temperature transmitter conveys data to improve the visibility of plant operations. An updated laboratory information management system from Thermo Fisher Scientific ensures that instruments are calibrated and testing complies with regulations. Honeywell's distributed control system enables close supervision and quick adjustment of small-scale batch manufacturing projects.
Software ensures compliant testing
Darwin LIMS now includes a fully validated web interface that provides analysts and laboratory managers with control and access to data. The software was designed for pharmaceutical quality-assurance operations and requires no customization.
Wireless transmitter increases visibility
Because the transmitter uses "WirelessHART" technology, it does not need a direct line of sight to a particular access point. The device can relay information to the system through other devices in the network, thus providing path redundancy. The transmitter helps efficiently maintain skid-mounted pharmaceutical processes that are physically moved within a facility.
The product's electronic device description provides configuration information graphically, and its power module can be replaced easily in the field. As an extension of Emerson's "PlantWeb" digital architecture, the transmitter enables monitoring, diagnostics, and predictive maintenance.
System boosts process repeatability
The controller does not require programming skills; it allows users to configure batch sequences through a drag-and-drop process. Users can set up the system according to the parameters of the manufacturing process. Processes and recipes can be changed easily, thus the system allows manufacturers to respond quickly to market changes. The Experion LS software ensures that only qualified people perform changes.