PAS-X information nucleus at B. Braun Irvine

13/06/2012


B. Braun's facility in Irvine, California, is currently installing a new, highly automated production line, utilising Werum's PAS-X as a core component. The line, designed to produce a variety of IV solution bags, will manufacture the empty bags, fill them, sterilise them and package them, all under full automation.

 

To achieve this sophisticated approach, B. Braun has defined a multi-level IT architecture that links ERP to PAS-X to the equipment controllers.

"PAS-X plays a key role for us," explains Imran Rauf, the Engineering Manager for the project. "The MES is our main link to the overall order and inventory data controlled by the ERP, triggers the correct recipe execution at the equipment level, and consolidates all of the key production data into our final electronic Batch Record."

The most unique feature of this project is the high level of integration between PAS-X and a large number of equipment types, resulting in PAS-X supporting 25 different message types.

The expected benefits to B. Braun of this architecture are streamlined batch production execution, final batch review and product release. In addition, the captured process data will be used for ongoing process improvement.

This highly integrated approach has already been proven in the LIFE and LIFE Nutrition sites at B. Braun in Melsungen, Germany.

Werum Software & Systems AG supplies manufacturing IT/manufacturing execution systems for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Its manufacturing IT business platform PAS-X is reportedly used by 16 of the world's top 30 pharmaceutical and biotech companies in more than 600 installations.



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