It's all about the Data: New Historian Interface and Managing Logistics for Clinical Trials

June 17, 2008
New User Interface for PHD

“We have many thousands of our data historian, PHD, being used by hundreds of customers at thousands of sites,” said Honeywell Process Solutions’ vice president of strategy and global marketing Harsh Chitale. “So we are very exited to introduce a completely new visualization and analysis engine for PHD.”

New User Interface for PHD

“We have many thousands of our data historian, PHD, being used by hundreds of customers at thousands of sites,” said Honeywell Process Solutions’ vice president of strategy and global marketing Harsh Chitale. “So we are very exited to introduce a completely new visualization and analysis engine for PHD.”

The user-friendly interface includes workflow management applications that enable engineers to build trend graphs and graphics with minimal training or manual configuration. “Uniformance provides a rich, flexible environment for the collection, storage and analysis of data,” Chitale said.

Uniformance Process Studio is designed for use with Honeywell’s Uniformance PHD, which gathers critical data from equipment and instrumentation located throughout a plant. In the event of a plant upset, for instance, users can pull historical data to examine how a certain unit functioned in the moments leading up to the incident and use that information to avoid future upsets.

“Having a keen understanding of how a plant has performed in the past is critical to maximizing business results and improving safety, reliability and efficiency,” Ashish Gaikwad, global director of Advanced Solutions for Honeywell Process Solutions. “Uniformance Process Studio was designed to help engineers make sense of this data faster and easier. Engineers can perform basic functions such as trending with only a few mouse clicks so that their time is spent analyzing the process, not manipulating the tool.”

For engineers, using Uniformance Process Studio for trend analysis is as easy as selecting tags from Uniformance PHD and using a drag-and-drop function to insert them into a trend graph or table. Many commonly used options, such as selecting trend times and sampling methods, are also available through simple drop-down menus. Uniformance Process Studio also provides a variety of trend styles, including single scales, XY correlations and histograms. A multi-trend view allows engineers to view the status of numerous trends, making it easy to monitor the status of several processes or pieces of equipment at once.

Additionally, the program’s graphics are based on Honeywell’s HMIWeb technology, which is also used in ExperionProcess Knowledge System (PKS). This allows graphics used in Experion to be replicated in Uniformance Process Studio, which eliminates the need for engineers to spend hours building duplicate graphics.

Uniformance Process Studio also allows users to organize information such as tags, trends, graphics and other items on a regular basis in personal and shared workspaces. This makes it easier for users to find relevant information. These workspaces are not limited to plant historian information; users can include Web page links, applications and a variety of documents. With this approach, engineers aren’t required to constantly switch between Uniformance Process Studio and Internet browsers.

“And in the next revision,” Chitale said, giving a look futureward, “Uniformance Process Studio will be usable with any data historian, not just PHD.”Track it, Trace it—Save Time and Money with POMStrace

“POMSnet is our MES product for life sciences,” said Chitale, as he continued his new product introductions this morning. “POMSnet helps improve pharmaceutical manufacturing performance by controlling and tracking all aspects of production, promoting best practices, and capturing critical data for compliance, quality control and process improvement.”

According to Chitale, the new POMSnet upgrade supports multiple languages and offers improved material handling and new recipe features that can reduce cycle times, roll-out time for new procedures, production errors and compliance costs. The new upgrade features a batch rescaling tool that automatically adjusts recipes to partial batch quantities and includes new weighing methods and dispensing rules for increased accuracy. “The system can reduce production errors up to 50 percent,” Chitale said.

The new POMSnet upgrade also includes integration with Honeywell’s Procedure Analyst, an advanced software application that manages information about plans, production and supply chain performance. This integration allows pharmaceutical manufacturers to more effectively troubleshoot their batches for increased operational efficiency.

“There truly is no room for error in pharmaceutical manufacturing, and technology is needed that can help drug makers produce the highest-quality products while maintaining plant safety and meeting very strict regulatory compliance,” said Ashish Gaikwad, global director for Advanced Solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions. “The new POMSnet upgrade was designed to run tighter processes while making the technology more user friendly. The new support for multiple languages enables customers worldwide to take advantage of this technology.”

POMStrace reduces the effort to maintain and track inventory records for supplies used in clinical trials. The system provides up-to-date information on supply levels, including patient distribution. It also can reduce potential risks to patients in case of a cancelled or recalled trial by blocking dispensing and providing immediate access to all logistical information. The system produces a traceability record of each patient kit and provides complete accounting for all materials.

“As more drug makers transition from paper systems to electronic records, reducing the effort needed to maintain inventory records can save up to $30,000 per clinical trial, which quickly adds up for companies that may execute as many as 200 trials per year,” said Gaikwad.

“This product was designed in consultation with a major life sciences customer,” said Carey Clements, marketing manager for POMS. “The system contains a utility that allows a customer to diagram their supply chain, and track the logistics throughout the trial. This makes it easy to use in many disparate supply chains for many different life sciences customers.”

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