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B Braun Melsungen AG has commissioned Werum Software and Systems to install its PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) at the B Braun Leading Infusion Factory Europe (LIFE) nutrition plant.

B Braun laid the foundation stone for a nutrition production facility at its headquarters in Melsungen, Germany, in July 2008, and the site is scheduled to start production in 2010.

Since LIFE first started production in 2004, PAS-X has been used for the manufacture of infusion solutions.

In September 2008, the 500,000,000th LIFE infusion solution container rolled off its assembly line.

B Braun will also standardise its weighing and dispensing software by implementing PAS-X in pharmaceutical operations across the entire B Braun group.

The purpose of the manufacturing building is to increase output capacity to meet strongly growing demand on the world market in the field of clinical nutrition.

The LIFE nutrition plant will contain two infusion lines where the IV bags will be filled with solutions for clinical nutrition, such as amino-acid solutions, carbohydrate solutions and fat emulsions.

Werum MES software will provide functions for the weighing and dispensing of starting materials, paperless execution processes and documentation of master batch records (electronic batch recording), as well as for central object management, including archiving.

It will also supply technical evaluation functionality based on key performance indicators.

In line with the intended automation concept, PAS-X will take over the main task of integrating process control system applications with the SAP enterprise resource planning system (ERP) and will assure management and information flow within the LIFE nutrition system environment.

Group-wide standardisation of weighing and dispensing, in addition to installing the software at the factory, B Braun will use PAS-X to harmonise its software for controlling weighing and dispensing processes across the entire group.

Its first project phase will consist of implementing PAS-X weighing and dispensing at three plants in Berlin and Melsungen.

One of these facilities is the Technikum pharmaceutical pilot plant, where B Braun produces micro batches for research and development and for clinical studies.

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