The pharmaceutical industry currently faces a major challenge in taking full advantage of the opportunities presented in large emerging markets. Now, more than ever, pharmaceutical companies need to introduce lean manufacturing techniques that will enhance profitability. As one of the world's leading industrial automation suppliers, Yokogawa is committed to delivering the best possible solutions for your best manufacturing practices.
Keeping up with a changing marketplace
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are under pressure to keep up with changes such as the shift to low-cost drugs in emerging markets and the demand for drugs that effectively satisfy unmet medical needs. To operate at a profit, manufacturers are looking for ways to improve efficiency and increase productivity. Lean manufacturing is the key.
Yokogawa's Leading-Edge Automation Solutions
Our solutions enable plantwide integration and lifecycle optimization at pharmaceutical plants. Here are some pharmaceutical applications for which Yokogawa provides comprehensive automation solutions and has a global network of experts at your service.
Production Management and Batch Control for Multipurpose Plant
The production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) involves batch processes, some of which produce multiple products for a variety of purposes. This necessitates the use of a comprehensive batch control system. The CENTUM VP, Integrated Production Control System supplies batch functions based on the ISA-88 batch process control standard and complies with the FDA's 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.
Paperless operations based on 21 CFR Part 11 are becoming more common in the pharmaceutical industry.
The SMARTDAC+® GX/GP Series Paperless Recorders supports electronic recording functions that meet the requirements of Part 11. Electronic signatures can be added to the stored data. Yokogawa can offer complete installations with all essential validation documents
Stable control for product quality assurance
The sterilization and freeze drying processes require high resolution and accurate temperature control in order to assure product quality. The FA-M3V, IT Macine Controller is a high-performance programmable logic controller (PLC) that combines very high processing speeds with stable control features.
Compliance with globalized regulations and guidelines
Pharmaceutical companies operate in a global marketplace and the industry is encouraged to comply with international initiatives such as the PIC/S GMP Guide and the ICH Guidelines. GMP facilities need to follow established best practices and automated production equipment and computer systems are expected to adopt current computerized system validation (CSV) practices such as GAMP.
Assuring the Production of Quality Pharmaceutical Products
Over the years, Yokogawa has successfully realized numerous projects in compliance with Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP). Under a project validation plan (PVP) that follows the V model described in the GAMP guide, experienced Yokogawa engineers deliver outcomes for the functional specification, design specification, implementation, factory testing, and site acceptance testing phases. The verification and test results, including the installation and operational qualifications (IQ /OQ), serve as objective indicators for determining if project requirements have been met.
Need for a more rigorous approach to ensure product quality
With pharmaceuticals, a rigorous scientific approach is needed to ensure product quality. The ICH quality guidelines call for a quality-by-design (QbD) approach in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. Manufacturing facilities face the challenge of implementing innovative technologies such as process analytical technology (PAT) and are expected to introduce real-time release (RTR) testing.
Yokogawa PAT Solution to Real-Time Release Testing (RTRT)
Yokogawa's approach to the development of process analytical technology (PAT) solutions relies on real-time monitoring of critical quality attributes (CQA) to achieve lean manufacturing. Online quality attributes can be directly monitored by means of near infrared (NIR) analysis. Another approach is the use of process modeling technology to monitor process health.