PAS-X Information Nucleus at B. Braun Irvine
Lüneburg, Germany, 31 May 2012 – B. Braun’s facility in Irvine, CA is currently installing a new, highly automated production line, with Werum’s PAS-X as a core component. The line, designed to produce a variety of IV Solution bags for hospitals and clinics, will manufacture the empty bags, fill them, sterilize them, and package them, all under full automation. To achieve such a sophisticated approach, B. Braun has defined a multi-level IT architecture that links ERP to PAS-X to the equipment controllers.
“PAS-X plays a key role for us,” explains Imran Rauf, the Engineering Manager for the project. “The MES is our main link to the overall order and inventory data controlled by the ERP, triggers the correct recipe execution at the equipment level, and consolidates all of the key production data into our final electronic Batch Record.”
The most unique feature of this project was the high level of integration between PAS-X and a large number of equipment types, resulting in PAS-X supporting 25 different message types.
The expected benefits to B. Braun of this architecture is streamlined batch production execution, final batch review, and product release. Additionally, the captured process data will be used for ongoing process improvement.
This highly integrated approach has already been proven in the LIFE and LIFE Nutrition sites at B. Braun in Melsungen, Germany.
About B. Braun Melsungen AG
B. Braun supplies the global healthcare market with products for anesthesia, intensive care, cardiology, extracorporeal blood treatment, and surgery and provides services for hospitals, private practitioners, and homecare. By maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the daily users of its products, B. Braun gains invaluable insight which in turn has a direct influence on product development. With its innovative products and services, the company helps optimize work flows in hospitals and practices worldwide while enhancing safety for both patients and medical staff. With some 43,676 employees in 50 countries, B. Braun generated sales of EUR 4.6 billion in 2011. www.bbraun.com