Emerging Technologies and Business Implications- Control Process Systems

Freund-Vector’s Compu will be released on August 1, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines emerging technologies as, “Technology with the potential to modernize the body of knowledge associated with pharmaceutical development to support more robust, predictable, and/or cost-effective processes or novel products and with which the FDA has limited review or inspection experiences, due to its relative novelty.”  When you search for emerging technologies, you will see Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud and Design for Touch appear as the future trends for all industries.  Rather than discuss all of these technologies, I would like to focus on the business implications for Design for Touch within the Pharmaceutical Equipment Manufacturing industry.

Workflow, process improvement and automation are the three (3) key business implications that should be considered when building your design for touch screens for control process systems within the Pharmaceutical Equipment Manufacturing industry.  Traditionally, workflows would require an Operator to enter data into your control system and then visually scan several systems awaiting feedback.  If issues arose, Operator would have to leverage keyboard and mouse, make adjustments and visually scan several systems awaiting feedback.  Your business implication is that Operators may be required to remove safety gear to administer the recording and tracking of process information.

What is a touch screen?  According to WhatIs.com, a touch screen is a computer screen that acts as an input device in which a user interacts with the computer by touching pictures or words on the screen.   Touchscreens are gaining momentum in replacing traditional interfaces such as keyboards and mechanical buttons. With touchscreen technology, companies have a greater degree of precision, control, and usability over their digital interfaces.

In your processing room, there may be one or more of the following elements: chemicals, excipients, dust and/or liquids.  When your blowers and dampers need to be adjusted, you could click on pictures and make adjustments.  Imagine trying to enter data via a keyboard and mouse when wearing eye protection and gloves.  With the touch screen, you could capture information and make adjustments without removing your protective gear.   Your business implication is that Operators and Process Scientists will be able to interact with and control machinery and devices easier.

Freund-Vector’s Compu will be released on August 1, 2017.  For additional information, visit https://www.freund-vector.com/control-systems/