Integrated Batch Solution for Pharmaceutical Rubber Production: The IPS Approach

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Talk integration to a vendor and a customer and you’re likely to get two very different points of view, despite the emergence of standards designed to reconcile these differences. By too carefully defining the limitations of software packages, we risk limiting the functionality of the very manufacturing operation we intended to improve. A responsive, integrated Batch Solution must be capable of positioning itself in the context of the Enterprise Production System, responsible not only for executing a planned sequence of operations, but also for the wider repercussions of its actions. This paper describes the implementation of an Integrated Plant System (IPS) for a major multi-national pharmaceutical company. Of particular interest from a Batch perspective, the asynchronous manual and automatic activities of over 100 recipes are tied to stock movements to ensure raw material is available at the right place and time. This illustrates the point that synchronization is integration, both at the Batch and Enterprise level. The production facility in Milan, Italy, was modeled using the IPS paradigm, and now coordinates all operational activities from equipment maintenance through inventory management to order scheduling and MRP.