Emerson’s Christian Berg presented Are We There Yet? Tackling Manufacturing Challenges with the Digital Plant at the Pharma Manufacturing World Summit in Boston.
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The BioPhorum Operations Group (BPOG) established a digital plant maturity model (DPMM) for biopharmaceutical manufacturing to define stages of factory evolution “from simple paper-based plants through to the fully automated and integrated ‘adaptive plant’ of the future.” The model gives organizations a common tool for industry comparison and measurement of progress. It also provides a platform to facilitate collaboration within the life sciences industry and its technology providers.
Initiating Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) production operations, whether as part of facility start-up, product changeover, or following a shutdown, requires complex coordination of both logical and physical process controls. Inefficient configuration and qualification practices for automation and information management systems can lead to both start-up delays and productivity losses.
Flow is the foundation of world class production processes. Impediments to flow result in waste (transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, over-processing, over-production, defects). Unfortunately, digital solutions are often leveraged to address observed wastes in production processes without first addressing foundational problems.
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