The future of automation in life sciences is linked to Industry 4.0, and some entities have already defined the Pharma 4.0 concept. This will include innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, IIOT, advanced data analytics, augmented reality, digital twin and more.
High integrity data acquisition solutions with Ethernet based communications can easily be integrated into Industry 4.0, IIoT and cloud-based platforms, enabling the supply of ALCOA (+) compliant data for use in upcoming high intelligence and next generation Pharma 4.0 technologies.
Data recording solutions from Eurotherm have ethernet communications, providing a data integrity layer within, for example, the EcoStruxure™ platform. EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open IoT-enabled system architecture. Digital platforms and services such as EcoStruxure enable pharma and life science companies to increase production while maintaining compliant systems and improving sustainability and efficiency. EcoStruxure Plant Performance Advisors can help pharma manufacturers to turn the volumes of data they produce into actionable insights, enabling the modernization and scaling up of production. Other solutions in the suite aid the digital transformation to Pharma 4.0, through augmented reality for better decision-making, and cybersecurity services for improved data integrity from an operations perspective, while integrating appropriate IT policies and requirements.