Lonza Selects Rockwell Automation for Digital Transformation of Capsule Manufacturing

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Lonza plans to implement MES software to accelerate paperless, 24/7 production of drug capsules.

Lonza has selected Rockwell Automation for the turnkey implementation of the Lonza strategic vision of bringing the digital factory to nine former Capsugel facilities that manufacture drug capsules, Rockwell announced in a July 16, 2019 press release. Rockwell Automation’s PharmaSuite Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software digitizes manufacturing operations and is designed to help avoid disruptions during high volume periods of just-in-time orders for on-demand production.

“Digital transformation is bringing new levels of operational efficiency, quality, process automation, and employee productivity to pharmaceutical companies globally,” said John Genovesi, senior vice-president, Enterprise Accounts and Software, Rockwell Automation, in the press release. 

Lonza will use the MES software along with FactoryTalk InnovationSuite software to better trace product down to the individual capsule carton and gain insights into performance and production. A segregation of SAP software and PharmaSuite MES will also help avoid disruption in case of a global enterprise resource planning shutdown or required maintenance by enforcing workflows and collecting necessary information.


Rockwell Automation’s software solutions help organizations continually optimize their operations for the digital age. The company is currently working with Lonza on an innovation program to keep their operations on the leading edge of pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Source: Rockwell Automation