Because the Artesis system is simple to install and requires little user intervention in operation, it combines low start-up costs with the significant benefits of predictive maintenance. Since it doesn’t require any sensor installation on the equipment itself, and it can be installed out of production areas, Artesis eMCM is a particularly good solution for inaccessible equipment in the pharmaceutical industry.
Typical applications where you can monitor either electrical, mechanical, and water pumping conditions:
A very important factor in the production of pharmaceuticals is controlling environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and airflow rate. Monitor the air handling units with Artesis technology to ensure the levels of these parameters are controlled according to requirements. This includes monitoring the supply and extraction fans with the motors that drive them.
Also, this monitoring technology allows monitoring any load increase due to leakage of hot water or steam used for heating, and/or leakage of chilled water used for cooling and air conditioning systems. Of course, monitoring gas boilers or gas turbines, boiler feed pumps, ID/FD fans and related support equipment used in those systems is also possible and recommended.
Although sometimes ignored due to size and number in the production line, small pumps and motor-driven mixers and agitators from the batch reactors can result in a batch lost due to a failure that could be prevented. Artesis simplifies the work of monitoring these machines without the need of introducing wiring and equipment or sensors in direct contact to the line.
Also, monitor any conveying systems to make sure the manufacturing process runs smoothly from one station to the other.
For the manufacturing process, there is more service equipment needed, such as water for injection systems and deionized water systems. Monitor feeding and supply pumps running within these systems with Artesis monitoring units and remember you will be able to detect both mechanical and electrical problems, including misalignment, loose foundation, bearing faults, load fluctuations, among others.
In the pharmaceutical production process there are other motor-driven machines that represent an important part of the process or serve an important part of the process and they can also be monitored with Artesis technology. Monitor bottle washers, cappers and fillers, feeders, gear and gearboxes and any other motor-driven equipment you consider should be monitored at all times.
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In this example, a return of investment calculation is given for one of the plants of a multinational pharmaceutical company.
The plant maintenance department was invested in almost 100 MCMs for their equipment; mainly HVACs and air handling units. Following a year of investment, plant decision-makers conducted a return on investment study. Highlights of the study are shown in the figure.
Note that the figure gives the reduction in repair and maintenance costs only which sums up to $125K.
The other profitability factors such as; increase in energy efficiency, -increase in production efficiency, -increase in equipment life, -the effect of failures on the quality of products are not included in the calculation. If added, the benefit could reach millions easily.