Thursday, August 11, 2016

Software Boosts Productivity for Batch and Lab Operations

stainless steel pharmaceutical factory equipment
Batch operations can benefit from SCADA
In the biotechnology sphere, repetitive batch operations are good candidates for the use of software to create a SCADA system providing not only control and data acquisition, but to serving as a database of recipes and production data from previous batches that can be compared and analyzed. Productivity can be enhanced by centralizing many functions, making them available to all connected operations.

ILS Automation has developed a software package, Batch Expert+, tailored for use with bioreactors. It also has capability to interface simultaneously with other lab instruments and equipment, providing a single location for all related data. The system is intended to boost productivity by centralizing the data acquisition and control operations, providing tools for trend analysis and other analytical functions.

The company lists some of the main features.
  • One application manages multiple brands/models of fermentors/bioreactors
  • Integrates multiple on-line and off-line field and lab instruments (mass-spec, cell density, external pumps, scales, gas flow controllers, etc.)
  • Common recipes
  • Recipe management
  • Remote monitoring and control
  • Intelligent alarming and alarm management
  • Data historian for process and assay data
  • Reporting and scheduling
  • Open SQL database is easily integrated with other business systems and applications, making Batch Expert+ architecture extensible and customizable
  • Freedom to experiment with new logic
  • Batch trend charting of live, historical, and assay data
  • Time or event-based control
  • 21 CFR Part 11 compliant
There is much more to be learned about how Batch Expert+ can improve performance. Share your batch operation challenges with a product specialist. Combining your process experience and knowledge with their product application expertise will produce the best solutions.