Success Story: Pharmaceutical, None

Animal Health Care Co.

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Company Headquarters, USA

A leading international manufacturer and distributor of animal healthcare products, headquartered in North America, required the installation of industrial automation software. They chose ICONICS to interface with Allen Bradley PLCs and provide capability to meet strict FDA 21 CFR Part 11 standards.

Challenges

  • Monitor and manage critical process alarms.
  • Replace older visualization system.
  • Fast alarm reconciliation.

Results

  • Alarms are immediately brought to the operator's attention and recorded.
  • Existing procedures and processes were quickly integrated into the new system.
  • Fast system development was a source of savings.
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About This Animal Health Care Company

A leading international manufacturer and distributor of animal healthcare products, headquartered in North America, required the installation of industrial automation software. One of the company’s plants is involved mainly with pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging. The company sought an industrial controls solution that would best manage and monitor critical process alarms. The pharmaceutical manufacturer also planned to replace an existing visualization system, seeking a solution that provided additional enhancements.

The animal healthcare company uses ICONICS solutions to interface with Allen Bradley PLCs via Foundation Fieldbus, Data Highway Plus industrial LAN and Ethernet network communication structures. Among the Microsoft solutions used on-site are SQL Server and Excel, which are used in reporting and trending.
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ICONICS Software Deployed

The veterinary care/pharmaceutical company utilizes ICONICS’ GENESIS OPC Web-enabled HMI and SCADA suite (including AlarmWorX™, GraphWorX™ and TrendWorX™ components) with AlarmWorX™ Multimedia (MMX), DataWorX™, and WebHMI™ addons. The company also uses BridgeWorX™, ReportWorX™ and MobileHMI™.

ICONICS automation software solutions for such pharmaceutical applications provide numerous benefits, including:
  • Applications Designed for FDA 21 CFR Part 11
  • Operational Accountability through Sequence Checking
  • Security with Integrated Popular Biometrics
  • Accurate Audit Trail of Operator Actions
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Project Summary

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When deciding upon their new industrial automation software, engineers at the animal healthcare company’s plant considered:
  • Alarm Notification via Multimedia (including paging, emailing, phone dialing, etc.) – easily handled through AlarmWorX MMX
  • Fast Reconciliation to Alarms – achieved through AlarmWorX and integration with additional GENESIS HMI/SCADA components
  • Mobile Connectivity – via MobileHMI™, helping to alleviate many on-site, manual processes.
One engineer remarked at how important it is for a company involved with the FDA to ensure that alarms get reconciled right away. With ICONICS, when alarms happen, they’re immediately recorded and acted upon.

ICONICS’ software immediately meshed with standard operating procedures and built-in processes. The alarm-based, report-based and trend-based components complement the organization’s Lean Manufacturing efforts.

The company especially noted the cost-effectiveness (due to savings in system development), flexibility (due to the ability to quickly adapt to system changes) and graphics/visualization capabilities of the ICONICS software.
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Conclusion

After a successful first implementation, this customer is now considering ICONICS' alarm management software as well as additional solutions for facility performance analysis, new KPIs and electronic batch records.
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