Siemens to enable life sciences industries implement paperless manufacturing with its new 6.1 Version of SIMATIC IT eBR software.
The solution is touted as the heart of its Manufacturing Operation Management leveraging users to easily implement paperless manufacturing solutions by offering two main features:
- A new web-based MBR (Master Batch Record) module which facilitates the management of key process parameters.
- And native integration with the Siemens automation layer (SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system and HMI systems).
Notching product quality and safety for the pharmaceutical sector, the new version is sought to mitigate the work involved in engineering and operation, helps users to enforce standardization and makes for a more transparent production process, thereby shortening the time-to-market.
Citing on the new rollout, Adnan Abdul Rahman, Head of Automation & Engineering at Siemens Singapore, said, “Manual recording methods that involve large amounts of data and batch protocols put a strain on both the user and the business as a whole. Therefore, it is imperative that companies leverage on paperless manufacturing solutions such as the SIMATIC IT eBR to increase the efficiency of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and to gain a competitive advantage.”
Fully integrated communication is established between the automation level and manufacturing IT. This enables complete electronic recording and documentation of quality-related production data, while eliminating time-consuming manual procedures and paper-based batch reports.
With a new Master Batch Record module and a “Project Startup” package, it is sought to provide a list of out-of-the-box deliverables to speed up project execution time. In addition, it offers native integration with Siemens PCS 7 Batch and new access to electronic work instruction lists embedded in SCADA/HMI clients. By accelerating the design, execution, review and release of regulated production processes and electronic batch records (EBRs), SIMATIC IT eBR helps both enhance product quality and lower production costs.
Adnan added, “Here in Southeast Asia, especially in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, we are seeing increasing interests in paperless manufacturing solutions from the pharmaceutical sector. We look forward to working with our customers to identify and implement the best solution for their needs.”
SIMATIC IT eBR 6.1 is based on the engine of the former XFP product developed by Elan Software Systems and acquired by Siemens in 2009.