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Automation Practices for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Automation practices as outlined in a 2009 automation benchmark study will be presented. The study looked at the areas of technology levels, cost and benefits for 16 global pharmaceutical companies through the ISA Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable. The research and analysis leading to the study captured best practices on project management and technology investments.

About the speaker. An independent consultant since 2008, Dave Adler is an industry authority on automation best practices, technologies, project management, and workforce development. Dave received Control Magazine's "Automated Plant of the Year Award", ISA's Award for an Outstanding Publication, and Lilly's Engineering Excellence Award. He recently authored the cover story for InTech magazine on "Pharmaceutical Automation" this year and just completed a chapter in the reference book "Automation Body of Knowledge." A long time member of ISA, he now volunteers more time to the organization through the ISA Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable.

At Eli Lilly, Mr. Adler studied the impact of 44 automated facilities, and over the past two years, he has extended this benchmark study to over 50 automated facilities in the pharma and biotech industries. The benchmark survey now includes Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and automation summary information on 51 facilities from 19 companies. It includes data on cost, benefits, technology levels, best practices and resourcing approaches.

Dave Adler can be reached at (317) 852 4636 or .

Meeting Details

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Location: Dynalectric, 9505 Chesapeake Dr, San Diego 92123
Time: 5pm Networking, Food & Beverages; 6pm Program
Cost: No cost for ISA members; $20 for non-members
RSVP: Jim Van de Wetering or (858) 208-9713.

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