MARKET: Pharmaceuticals | Biotech | Life Sciences
SERVICES: • Multidiscipline
LOCATION: Owings Mills, MD
VALUE CLASS: <$250,000
ABOUT: The Client was a Jersey-registered specialty biopharmaceutical company. Originating in the United Kingdom with an operational base in the United States, its brands and products included Vyvanse, Lialda, and Adderall XR. The company was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in 2019.
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The Client utilized its Maryland campus as a mixed use production facility. To continue meeting the rising demand for its products, the Client needed a significant expansion to its process suites for the solid dosage manufacturing of proprietary products. The Maryland manufacturing site, with the expansion of its process capabilities, was no longer going to offer contract manufacturing services. Prior to the expansion, production suites largely relied on non-integrated systems. Given the complexity and size of the project, the Client chose TAI to lead the automation effort and to help realize opportunities to increase efficiencies in the manufacturing process. They needed engineering, design, documentation, specification, programming, and start-up assistance to complete the integration phase of this process expansion.
TAI’s considerable experience in automated systems brought intimate knowledge of Allen Bradley systems to the project as a certified systems integrator. The project required TAI to provide the PLC programming, HMI/SCADA development, and OIT software development to implement the process control system detailed in the P&IDs and functional requirement specifications, as well as in the CSDS and SDS.
The project utilized Allen Bradley PLC-5 and SLC-5/05 processors and associated remote I/Os to handle the control system components. The process control system consisted of approximately 400 I/O points, (13) new PanelView Operator Interface Terminals with a supervisor’s OIT that was running Wonderware software to enable the supervisor to monitor the entire process. TAI’s controls engineer acted as the lead technical engineer for this project. They were responsible for design, programming, integration, and startup as well as developing the complete validation documentation.