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Pharma plants depend on plant utilities, and reliable data from wireless instrumentation can make it simpler and less costly to monitor these installations.
Existing equipment, processes and systems can be retrofitted with wireless instrumentation to improve yield, quality and uptime
How WirelessHART devices and networks can cost-effectively improve operations by delivering critical data .
How and why companies should focus on leveraging data and analytics to integrate supply chains according to Brian Garrett, Supply Chain Manager, Americas, Lonza Pharma & Biotech
Automation & Control: Connected, flexible operations can increase efficiencies, support smaller batches and get your products to market faster.
Pharma ERP has been an underachiever for years; savvy drug makers are turning that picture around by connecting ERPs more closely to the plant floor.
If you're not sure what a team is or what it can accomplish, you need to know the seven deadly sins that can destroy your team before it even gets to the huddle.
Is your job safe? You can read the writing on the wall if you know the right questions to ask. Plus, 10 signs your company may be downsizing soon.
If it's going to work, Six Sigma must be the way you do business, not just a tool or technique. Have you got religion? Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals Group's Penelope Przekop helps you find your way.
AstraZeneca recruiting director Jeff Harvey and recruiter Tom Bramswig offer tips for keeping your skills sharp and being ready just in case any layoffs are announced at your company.
Job Hunting: Do you have solid career plans for the balance of 2005? Now is a good time to get started. Its also a good time to spruce up the language on your resume, and polish up your personal sales pitch.
Middleware offers a way to integrate RFID technology, and the copious data it generates, with pharmaceutical manufacturers' current processes and systems.
Fermentation & Cell Culture: Careful planning and design are key. Small and midsize bioreactors and disposables offer flexibility.
Global efforts driving safer syringes for developing nations are spurring interest in new single-use, auto-disable syringes. Parenterals manufacturers should be prepared and evaluate the new designs with new products.
SOX is moving from the executive suite down to the plant floor.
Security must be a top priority for drug makers, but overly restrictive noncompete and nondisclosure agreements and publishing practices verge on the paranoid and prevent the exchange of best practices that the industry needs in order to improve.
Flexibility is driving more manufacturers to servo-driven packaging lines, but concerns remain about validation and the “blue screen of death” with PC-based controls.
Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: Like the shy kid at school who never got asked to the big dance, maintenance management always seemed to be the overlooked application on which few pharmaceutical manufacturers were eager to invest much time or money.
Pharmaceutical industry career advice: For consistency and success, theres no substitute for experience and power.
Penelope Przekop discusses how to discern and respond to the needs of your internal customers no matter how difficult they may be.
Drug Packaging: Accumulating buffer systems ensure greater uptime along production lines, reduce product backups and enhance throughput.
The Hatch-Waxman Act clarified distortions in patent extension law, but manufacturers still need to tread carefully when considering the extension process.
Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: In order to avoid "reinventing the wheel" where process analytical technologies (PAT) is concerned, your organization must have a data warehouse in place and an efficient method for data mining.
Stories of downsizing and plant closings are becoming so common in the industry that theyre almost passe. Employees show up for work one day and are herded into an emergency meeting with management. Wasting little time, the GM drops the bomb.
Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: 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.