The ubiquity of sensors inIndustry 4. 0 is a testament to the undeniable importance of innovation technologies in the financial challenges of modern economies. The use of digitalization systems and software from the field of artificial intelligence allows all industries to gain in productivity and competitiveness. While the pharmaceutical sector has been slow to make the digital transition, it intends to catch up. In this context, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are concerned about their future. This is particularly true of HORIBA Medical and Quotient, which intend to make the most of their opportunities by limiting their manufacturing costs and improving their traceability through the use of high-performance IIoT tools.
Industry 4.0 in the medical sector
The automation of equipment and means of production illustrates the dazzling evolution ofIndustry 4.0, particularly that of the automotive industry, but not only.
Faced with the need to transform the way their customer and supplier data is processed, more and more pharmaceutical plant managers are embracing Industry 4.0 concepts, such as:
- object connectivity, enabling the collection, storage and sharing of information via the Internet;
- preventive maintenance, which allows operators to anticipate any risk of breakdown;
- Digital dashboards, which facilitate traceability procedures from the workshop to the various points of sale, with a view to maximum transparency;
- Digital documentation, an essential element for the organization of activities and for fluid communication between all the company’s stakeholders.
Pharma 4.0: the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for the pharmaceutical industry
While IIoT is revolutionizing human-machine interactions in industries as a whole, the technological tools are becoming powerful turnkey solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Among other things, we will remember:
- The instrumentation of the equipment by the installation of sensors, because they improve the processes quality and reliability ;
- the digitization of the production line, which has a very positive impact on energy cost control;
- monitoring software, designed to avoid unexpected machine shutdowns, in order to meet the challenges of permanent preventive maintenance;
- Automation of information management tool settings, for accelerated use of data by the right people at the right time.