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Quickly adapt pharma facilities to new demands with plug-and-play flexibility

A Pharma Manufacturing hosted webinar sponsored by Siemens

November 16, 2023

2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT / 7:00 PM GMT

Duration:1 hour

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Today’s pharmaceutical industry is demanding more flexibility in manufacturing. Faced with rapidly evolving patient needs and relentless pressure to bring new drugs to market fast, companies must find ways to swiftly adapt, scale and optimize their production processes. But automation systems are traditionally rigid and expensive to change. To address this growing challenge, the manufacturing facility of the future is modular, using "plug-and-play" technology to deliver greater versatility without increasing costs or compromising quality. The basic structure of this facility is fixed, but everything inside is easily connected, added, moved or removed – all without any manual programming required.

This unprecedented degree of modularity is possible due to the industry standard NAMUR NE 148, commonly referred to as the Module Type Package (MTP). It defines everything from HMI elements, data structures and control logic to communication, alarms, safety and maintenance – and its development is supported by leading corporations and organizations all over the world.

In this webinar, you will find out how modular production based on this groundbreaking new standard is changing the industry for the better. You will also hear from Sebastian Härtner, Lead of Future Manufacturing for Life Science and Chemicals at EMD Electronics (a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany). Sebastian will introduce how these flexible manufacturing practices were implemented at one facility and what they have accomplished as a result.

Key learning objectives:

  • Why pharmaceutical companies need flexibility in manufacturing
  • How modularity is achieved using the Module Type Package (MTP) standard from NAMUR NE 148
  • How a flexible approach makes planning easier for everything from physical connections to IT/OT cybersecurity
  • Who is already leveraging modular production, and how it is transforming their business

Sponsored by:


Joe Lutz, Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant, Siemens Digital Industries

Joe Lutz is a pharmaceutical industry consultant at Siemens Digital Industries. Based in the greater Philadelphia area, his main focus is on supporting machine builders applying automation across the US. He also works with end users and integrators throughout the life science industries. Joe joined Siemens earlier in 2023 after 11 years at an integrator in the downstream oil and gas industry and six years at an integrator in the pharmaceutical industry. In that role, Joe worked with a team at a large pharmaceutical company to develop novel, pilot-scale manufacturing processes including continuous manufacturing. He has a primarily technical background in mechanical engineering and has been awarded three patents for designs that he has developed over the years.


Laurent Chalifoux, IT/OT Network Consultant, Siemens Digital Industries

After five years of engineering networks and cybersecurity solutions in IT for a major bank, Laurent Chalifoux joined Siemens Digital Industries as an IT/OT network consultant to help protect critical industry customers from the threats faced in our increasingly digital world. Having now spent five years working on operational technology (OT), he’s keenly aware of the need for OT-specific solutions that work together with their IT counterparts. He can help IT/OT conversations move to the collaboration phase quickly. Laurent works directly with customers to evaluate potential OT cybersecurity risks and identify the right solutions to mitigate those risks.


Sebastian Härtner, Lead, Future Manufacturing for Life Science and Chemicals, EMD Electronics  (a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)

Sebastian Härtner currently leads the future manufacturing initiative for life science and chemicals at EMD Electronics (a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany), in addition to serving as an engineering portfolio and innovation manager. He joined the company in 2006 as a lab manager for quality control. In 2009 he took over as group lead for process intensification, during which time he led a variety of worldwide projects for NPI and new technology implementations. Sebastian earned his diploma of chemistry at the University of Marburg in 2003 and his PhD in applied physical chemistry in 2006. He describes himself as a curious chemist bringing forward smart manufacturing and serving as an ambassador for modular production to ensure the future for our children.


Karen Langhauser
Chief Content Director
Pharma Manufacturing