Benefits of Advanced Engineering Methodologies for the Design and Support of Batch Projects in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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A cost breakdown of any major batch project reveals that the a major part of the engineering effort is spent on the coding of the logic and sequences. This applies to the initial purchase price and more so to the ongoing support cost for maintenance, upgrades and modifications. Specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, where procedures must meet Regulatory Compliance (FDA approval), measurable economic benefits can be derived from advanced design methodologies. Based on the experience of a very large Batch project for a pharmaceutical company, the methodology used to reduce the engineering effort and to support validation and hence obtain Regulatory Compliance are explained. The methodology is based on the generation of prototype software modules and a subsequent copy process to generate the actual software modules for the various parts of the plant. All steps are validated to meet FDA requirements. This methodology resulted in significant savings during the engineering process. Even higher savings were achieved during a later modification to accommodate a plant change, as the process down time could be minimized.

Author: A.M . Verhagen, Senior Consultant Production Automation, Akzo Nobel Engineering B.V.; H. Stapper, Manager Applications, Foxboro Nederland N.V.  | File Type: PDF

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