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Rockwell Automation has released Factorytalk Pharma Suite, which helps pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers integrate production processes with the rest of the manufacturing enterprise.

Factorytalk Pharma Suite is the first in a series of industry-specific software applications based on the Factorytalk Integrated Production and Performance Suite.

The Factorytalk platform leverages a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for cost-effective and flexible plant-wide integration.

Its object-oriented design makes it easier and faster to build and modify applications and then systematically deploy them across multiple sites in a consistent form, ultimately helping to establish best practices for manufacturing operations and regulatory requirements in discrete, hybrid and process industries.

Factorytalk Pharma Suite covers processes in research and development, clinical manufacturing and commercial manufacturing.

It helps companies lower manufacturing risk and reduce costs, while still complying with cGMP and FDA regulations such as 21 CFR Part 11.

The software suite also includes comprehensive documentation and templates to reduce qualification and validation at the customer site.

Factorytalk Pharma Suite is modular and can be configured as a stand-alone system or tightly integrated with business systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) or Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).

Pre-defined interface scenarios simplify integration with these systems.

The first version of Factorytalk Pharma Suite is comprised of the production management and dispense applications, which supply on-demand access to key manufacturing information and production processes optimisation.

The production management application delivers recipe, equipment and exception management functionality for improved synchronisation of multiple production processes.

The Factorytalk Pharma Suite dispense application supports weighing and dispensing operations in GxP-regulated environments, helping to minimise operational risk and reduce costs.

Future versions of Factorytalk Pharma Suite will include production analytics, electronic batch recording, quality management, corrective action/preventive action (CAPA), scheduling integration and other value-add functions.

Rockwell Automation also plans to release additional industry-specific applications for medical device, food, beverage and automotive manufacturers, as well as key production execution and performance management features for faster time-to-value and mobilisation across discrete, hybrid and process industries.

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