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  • Where Are the Academics?

    Outside of M.I.T., academia hasn’t really been invited to the RFID party. Industry needs their objectivity, says Daniel Deavours, head of the RFID Alliance Lab at the University of Kansas.

    Daniel Deavours, RFID Alliance Lab, University of Kansas
  • Best Practices in RFID: Lessons from 1400 Case Studies

    IDTechEx, the U.K.-based consultancy specializing in smart labels and smart packaging, has compiled more than 1,400 case studies of RFID implementations worldwide. Here’s a rundown of key lessons learned.

  • Sound Off

    Sound Off is's blog, written by industry insiders and our editors. This Web log examines the industry and its manufacturing facilities to launch frank discussion of key issues that affect everyone in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

    industry insiders and's editors
  • Using Open Control to Optimize WFI

    Sanofi-Aventis used S88 and a distributed HMI to automate Water for Injection, boosting efficiency and compliance.

    Agnes Shanley, Editor in Chief
  • S88 Redefines Clean in Place Operations

    Class-based programming simplifies design, testing and validation of reusable modules, such as those found in CIP processes.

    Christie Deitz and Dan Lorenzo, Senior Principal Engineers, Emerson Process Management, and Sean Stephan, Senior Automation Engineer, Biogen Idec
  • The Desired State: PAT and the Road to Enlightenment

    By focusing on the pharmaceutical manufacturing process, ASTM standards for process analytical technology (PAT) promise to bring engineering rigor and proactive decisionmaking to pharmaceutical quality.

    Ajaz S. Hussain, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Science, CDER, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • PAT Success and Speed Hinge on Data Mining

    Not only data mining but metadata must be considered closely, by a cross-functional team representing all users of that data.

    Julio Pamias, CEO, AtlasBITS, Inc.
  • Stable Isotopes Find a New Role in PAT

    Used to authenticate products, stable-isotopic analysis can also be used to improve process understanding and control.

    John P. Jasper, Robbe C. Lyon and Larry E. Weaner
  • Black Belt Not Required: Do you really know what they want?

    In the words of Dale Carnegie, “You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Penelope Przekop discusses how to discern and respond to the needs of your internal customers — no matter how difficult they may be.

    Penelope Przekop, MSQA, CQM
  • What Patent Owners Should Consider in Filing for a Patent Term Extension

    The Hatch-Waxman Act clarified distortions in patent extension law, but manufacturers still need to tread carefully when considering the extension process. Heidi Kraus of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox discusses the four essential points to keep in mind.

    Heidi L. Kraus, Esq., Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
  • Maintenance Management Joins the Party

    Pharmaceutical makers pursue more predictive and global technologies to improve output, ensure compliance.

    Doug Bartholomew, Contributing Editor
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