Stropoli featured in Engineering Angles
Sep 17, 2020
Pharma manufacturing is constantly venturing into new and improved methods of operation. The applications may vary, but robotics and automation can offer many benefits. CRB’s Carmine Stropoli shared with Pharma Manufacturing in an Engineering Angles article how to ensure a smooth transition when implementing these technologies. His advice: consider these four elements.
- Recognize robotic and automation opportunities: In general, consider such things as redundant operations or high batch sizes, or areas demanding uniform, predictable presentation. Consider whether the technology can offer operator and product protection, and if it can improve operating and arrangement efficiency.
- Prepare a game plan: The opportunity you’ve identified for introducing robotics into your operation will give you a good foundation from which to generate a User Requirement Specification (URS) in which you initiate a dialog with vendors and involve them in preparing responses to your inquiry.
- Consider proof of concept studies: Rather than committing to an entirely new installation from the start, it usually makes more sense to introduce robotic systems in smaller studies to ascertain the viability of the technology.
- Develop/manage design, trials, fabrication, testing, and implementation: When conducting testing, it’s best to break the process into sections. There’s testing at the site of work (vendor factory), but there is also testing to be done once the system is installed. This requires a considerable review of qualifications. Has the system been installed properly? Does it perform its functions properly? Does the entire system as a whole operate properly?
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