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  • Advanced Process Control: Bridge the Gap

    PAT is the missing link in the evolution of pharmaceutical process control, but industry must act on the opportunity to realize expected gains.

    David Radspinner, Ph.D., Thermo Electron, and Matt Tormollen, Pavilion Technologies
    08/30/2005
  • A World Without Wires?

    The future is now for process monitoring via wireless instrumentation, while wireless process control looms.

    08/30/2005
  • Seven Commandments for Successful Integration

    Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out. But the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control.

    Scott Little, Systems Engineer and Project Manager
    08/26/2005
  • Dust-tight Powder Conveying, with a Twist

    Macleod Pharmaceuticals put air quality first and installed a customized screw conveyer system to transfer blended materials.

    Paul Thomas, Managing Editor
    08/18/2005
  • Drinking Through a Dirty Straw: Five Myths About Gas Management Systems

    When gas chromatography problems arise, most people think the gas in the cylinder is the problem. It’s more likely to be the gas management system, as Frank Kandl of Airgas discusses in this myth-busting primer.

    Frank Kandl, national technical manager of specialty gas equipment, Airgas, Inc.
    08/18/2005
  • Are We in a Brave New World of 'Personalized' Medicine?

    Dr. Henry I. Miller, a physician and fellow at the Hoover Institution and Competitive Enterprise Institute, offers a multitude of reasons why personalized medicine is an idea whose time has come.

    Dr. Henry I. Miller
    08/17/2005
  • An Exhaust Solution for Controlled Environments

    Mixed-flow impellers offer pharmaceutical plants enhanced safety, better plume dispersal, lower emission concentrations and reduced energy costs.

    John Gibson, MCIBSE, Associate Director, Scott Wilson Building Services
    08/17/2005
  • Pharma’s RFID Exhaustion

    Companies are tired of the hype and are looking for action.

    Bert Moore, Director, IDAT Consulting & Education
    08/11/2005
  • Road to RFID Paved with Bar Codes

    Bar codes are the short-term answer, as long as manufacturers strive to understand FDA guidelines at all levels of packaging, says George Wright IV, vice president of Product Identification & Processing Systems, Inc.

    08/11/2005
  • Ode to the Code

    RFID can wait. Let’s watch barcoding come into its own.

    Paul Thomas, Managing Editor
    08/11/2005
  • An MES Reality Check

    Simple survey methodology may be used to determine real-dollar ROI for MES platforms.

    Ross Benson, Head of Maintenance and Engineering, Martec Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    08/05/2005
  • Controlling Crystallization through Modeling

    CFD modeling and particle population control are key to improving processes and product quality at the crystallizer, and further downstream.

    Kumar Dhanasekharan, Ph.D., Consulting Team Leader, Fluent, Inc., and Terry Ring, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah
    08/05/2005
  • "What's In It for Me?" Taking PAT to the Executive Suite, Part 1

    In this audio interview at his offices in Dublin, Paraic O'Toole, CEO of Automsoft, talks about the issues affecting PAT's future. Instead of thinking "technology," he says, corporate executives should view PAT as a tool to improve share prices and profitability. PhRMA could play a far more active role in educating the top brass, and FDA support, at the Commissioner level, would speed PAT's adoption.

    Agnes Shanley, Editor in Chief
    08/04/2005
  • "What's In It for Me?" Taking PAT to the Executive Suite, Part 2

    In this audio interview at his offices in Dublin, Paraic O'Toole, CEO of Automsoft, talks about the issues affecting PAT's future. Instead of thinking "technology," he says, corporate executives should view PAT as a tool to improve share prices and profitability. PhRMA could play a far more active role in educating the top brass, and FDA support, at the Commissioner level, would speed PAT's adoption.

    Agnes Shanley, Editor in Chief
    08/04/2005
  • Applying PAT Principles to Blister Packaging

    FEA Modeling, 3-D Scanning, and SEM are all part of a “right first time” approach to pharmaceutical packaging.

    Peter J. Schmitt, President, Montesino Associates, LLC
    08/01/2005
  • BMS, CBS Focus on PAT to Save Biopharm Big Bucks

    In September, a new Center for Bioanalytical Sciences will start up, involving Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Dublin City University and the National University of Ireland, Galway. BMS predicts the technologies being developed could reduce biopharmaceutical production costs by $80 million per year for a typical medium to large processing line.

    Agnes Shanley, Editor in Chief
    07/29/2005
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