Transformative Trends in Industrial Automation


Welcome to the December edition of Tessy Automation’s Industrial Automation Digest! As the year draws to a close amidst the holiday season, our focus intensifies on the transformative trends in industrial automation. In this issue, we explore the pivotal role of AI in industrial automation initiatives, illuminated through an insightful round-table discussion. We delve into the indispensable role of engineers in the biopharmaceutical supply chain, underscoring their impact on the future of healthcare. Discover the emerging trends in automation within the life science industry, where innovation meets precision. We also take a detailed look at the advancements in sterile manufacturing automation, a critical element in pharmaceutical production. Additionally, we offer a balanced perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of AI in industrial settings, navigating through its complex landscape. As we transition into the new year, join us in exploring these compelling developments that continue to shape the future of industrial automation.

Engineer’s Role in the Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain

In the rapidly evolving biopharmaceutical industry, facility engineers are becoming indispensable. With a deep understanding of current GMP regulations and technological advancements, they are pivotal in building and equipping new facilities to meet today’s dynamic technological and regulatory expectations. This article from ISPE highlights the roles of various engineers, from validation to automation, and their contributions to biopharmaceutical manufacturing. It discusses emerging trends like digitalization of validation processes and the integration of advanced control systems, underscoring the engineers’ role in navigating and implementing these innovations to enhance production efficiency and quality. Read more.

3 Trends Driving Automation in the Life Science Industry

The life science industry is increasingly embracing automation, driven by demographic changes, the rise of decentralized production, and the growing demand for personalized medicine. As the traditional labor force evolves, there’s a pressing need for more efficient and flexible manufacturing processes. Automation technologies, such as high-throughput screening and robotic drug synthesis, are becoming crucial in producing customized medications tailored to individual patients’ genetic profiles. This shift towards automation not only addresses labor shortages but also enhances process efficiency and quality, paving the way for innovative solutions in personalized healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Companies like ESSERT Robotics are leading this transformation, offering specialized automation solutions that cater to the unique challenges of low volume, high variability production in the life science sector. Read the full article.

Embracing Automation in Sterile Manufacturing

The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly adopting automation in sterile manufacturing, as highlighted by Krishna Venkatesh, Global Head of Sterile Operations at Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. This shift is driven by the need for end-to-end connectivity, data analytics, and the integration of artificial intelligence and low-cost automation solutions. Venkatesh discusses the challenges posed by supply chain disruptions, particularly in the supply of packaging materials and filters, and the importance of data management in enhancing manufacturing processes. This move towards automation and digital engineering in sterile manufacturing not only addresses current challenges but also opens up new opportunities for efficiency and quality in pharmaceutical production. Continue Reading.

What Role Should AI Play in Industrial Automation Initiatives?

In an engaging panel hosted by Solutions Review, experts from various industries shared their insights on the evolving role of AI in industrial automation. They discussed how AI is not just a technological advancement but a driver of efficiency and innovation, reshaping worker engagement and productivity across sectors. The conversation highlighted the diverse applications of AI, from enhancing predictive maintenance to facilitating complex decision-making processes. This insightful dialogue emphasized AI’s growing influence in industrial settings, underscoring the need for thoughtful integration and ethical considerations in its deployment. Watch here.

The Strengths and Weaknesses of AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing industrial automation with its ability to make complex decisions, analyze vast data sets, and predict trends. However, integrating AI into existing industrial systems presents challenges, including talent shortages, outdated technology, and data quality issues. According to Jeff Winter, an Industry 4.0 and digital transformation expert, AI excels in adaptability and handling complex variables, offering significant advantages over traditional automation in areas like demand forecasting and data correlation. Yet, the rapid advancement of AI technology has outpaced the availability of skilled professionals and the modernization of manufacturing infrastructure. Bridging this gap requires focused efforts in training and upskilling employees, as well as updating hardware and software systems to fully leverage AI’s potential in enhancing automation processes. Read more.