Smart pharma

Brownfield digitalization

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B&R's Orange Box enables machine operators to collect and analyze data from previously isolated machines and lines and get them fit for the smart factory.

The digital transformation is impacting every industry, and pharmaceuticals are no exception. With some of the most stringent quality regulations to follow, the pharmaceutical industry faces unique challenges for which smart manufacturing offers promising solutions. When the starting point is a brownfield site with aging infrastructure and digitally isolated legacy systems, implementing the necessary connectivity can be a major hurdle. With its Orange Box solution, B&R offers an easily managable way to get brownfield sites connected and ready for the digital future.  With the arrival of Industry 4.0 in the pharmaceutical industry, traditionally human-driven processes are becoming increasingly digitized and automated. The data that is generated allows for faster and better-informed decisions. It allows problems to be predicted and corrected before they result in costly downtime or faulty products that could damage the manufacturer’s reputation. Digitalized, fully integrated operations are more adaptive and responsive. They allow better utilization of raw materials, and increase both producivity and quality. OPC UA over TSN enables seamless communication from individual sensors and actuators up to ERP/MES systems or the…

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