Tracking Cell Therapy Chain of Identity

Cell therapy is when:

…cellular material is injected into a patient;[1] this generally means intact, living cells. For example, T cells capable of fighting cancer cells via cell-mediated immunity may be injected in the course of immunotherapy.

Emerson's Michalle Adkins

For manufacturers in the Life Sciences industry, making these therapies poses challenges since each batch is specific to a given patient. In this 2:25 YouTube video, Address Cell Therapy Batch Production Challenges with Syncade, Emerson’s Michalle Adkins shares how operations management technology plays an important role in addressing these challenges.

Michalle opens noting a big challenge is making sure that the right batch gets to the right person. This is known as chain of identity in industry parlance.

The manufacturing process begins in a clinical setting where the cells—from blood, tumor or other types of cells are collected from the patient. These cells are transported to the manufacturing facility where they are isolated and ready for the specific therapy to be made. Continue Reading

Better Decisions with Intelligent Mobile Access

Emerson's Mariana Dionisio

The rise of smart phone and tablets has enabled businesses to completely rethink workflows and access to information. Within the world of manufacturing, this is even true for supervising and managing the process.

In a Chemical Engineering article, Engineering Challenges? There’s a Mobile Application for That, Emerson’s Mariana Dionisio describes how the DeltaV Mobile application:

…allows users, such as operations managers, safety engineers and process engineers, to monitor plant functions that are of concern to them and offers collaborative features that allow streamlined workflows by making it easier for managers and engineers to share critical information, enabling enhanced business results.

And it’s not for just information from the control system. It: Continue Reading

Collaboration for Cybersecurity Resiliency and Robustness

Maintaining robust defenses from cyber-attacks is a priority for manufacturers. They rely on their automation suppliers to provide security-hardened technologies and cybersecurity services to help defend against new attacks and maintain resiliency and robustness over time. One key element in robustness is quickly finding, fixing and distributing patches for newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Industrial control systems (ICS) such as the DeltaV distributed control system have many layers of protections based on the IEC 62443 family of standards for how control systems should be developed, deployed, and maintained to dramatically enhance the cybersecurity of these installed systems. The Cybersecurity Guidebook for Process Control outlines steps to take to protect assets from cybersecurity threats.

ICS CybersecurityAt the recent ICS Cyber Security Conference, Emerson’s Neil Peterson (right) and CyberX‘s Phil Neray (left) presented, ICS Security Researchers & Automation Vendors: Building Mutual Trust. They discussed a real-world example of how security researchers uncovered a vulnerability in an ICS product and worked cooperatively with the ICS supplier including: how contact was made, responsible vulnerability disclosure, patch development & distribution, and finally public disclosure of the vulnerability via ICS-CERT (Industrial Control System Cyber Emergency Response Team). Continue Reading

Saving Time and Money on Plant Shutdowns with Intelligent Servicing

Emerson's Scott Grunwald

Author: Scott Grunwald, Director of Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage (STO) Projects–Lifecycle Services

When it comes to shutdown, turnaround and outage (STO) projects, maintenance best practices are a plant’s best friend.

Shutdown work scopes are becoming smaller with greater emphasis on pre-turnaround and routine pit-stops. Economic uncertainty has led to plant operators looking to maximize efficiency and output from existing facilities, meaning the typical lifecycles of plants are being significantly extended beyond original expectations.

Aging plants especially need to be carefully managed to ensure that they continue performing to a high standard and remaining both profitable and safe. A key part of this strategy relies on effective scoping, planning, execution, and startup through adopting preventive and predictive maintenance techniques. Continue Reading

Enabling Seamless and Scalable Distributed Control and SCADA Solutions at Photovoltaic Power Stations

Emerson's Tom Snowdon

Emerson's Greg Schirm

Authors: Tom Snowden, Greg Schirm

Photovoltaic power stations (or solar parks) have traditionally used PLCs as their preferred control devices. Size, ruggedness, and cost are often cited as reasons for using PLCs.

With the release of the Ovation Compact Controller, Emerson is merging the scalability of PLCs with the power of the Ovation distributed control system on photovoltaic (PV) solar projects.

The compact controller is expressly designed for monitoring and control of PV assets across the spectrum of small and widely distributed installations up to multi-inverter facilities of hundreds of megawatts, for a seamless and comprehensive solar power monitoring and control solution. Emerson is actively applying this technology on multiple solar projects this year that range in size from less than 20MW up to 250MW. Continue Reading