News Archive 2013

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Mar
2013
Pfizer automates production logistics with AGVs Handling Automation
Automated Guided Vehicles for Pfizer Germany Freiburg
Egemin Automation and Pfizer Germany recently closed a contract for the installation of an AGV system in Pfizer’s production plant in Freiburg. The system will consist of 4 AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) to supply the ingredients for medicine production to 150 workstations via the best possible route. The correct composition of ingredients is essential for the drugs to be effective, which is why the various stages of production need to be well coordinated. The AGV system will allow Pfizer to speed up its production process and will ensure that just-in-time deliveries happen smoothly.

During the first phase, Egemin delivered a logistics simulation for Pfizer. This detailed the flow of goods and the future capacity and transport movements were simulated in the production facility. One of Pfizer’s requirements was to maintain sufficient flexibility in the production process so that the system could be expanded in the future. The simulation proved that this was possible.Pfizer produces around 4.5 million tablets, capsules and pills every year in its drug factory in Freiburg, making it one of the most productive pharmaceutical factories in the world. Egemin’s transport system consisting of four automated guided vehicles will contribute to efficient drug production in the future.

Preliminary simulation

During the first phase, Egemin delivered a logistics simulation for Pfizer. This detailed the flow of goods and the future capacity and transport movements were simulated in the production facility. One of Pfizer’s requirements was to maintain sufficient flexibility in the production process so that the system could be expanded in the future. The simulation proved that this was possible.

Validated software for the pharmaceutical industry

The vehicles are equipped with an intelligent control in order to supply production stations quickly and accurately. The central management software E'tricc provided by Egemin is responsible for controlling the flow of goods and distributes transport assignments among the AGVs. The assignments follow the most optimal route and are processed according to priority.

"What’s important in this case is the validation of the software with a view to its process-oriented and functional reliability," said Yaser Gamai, sales manager at Egemin Germany. "Most importantly, the transport system is configured to be compliant with all the enforced hygiene and quality standards of pharmaceutical production, without exception. At the same time, it guarantees the implementation of the tasks necessary for optimum material flow". For validation and compliance processes, Egemin has its own Life Sciences division. This division has the necessary knowledge and the corresponding quality systems and processes. Compliance with current pharmaceutical guidelines is therefore guaranteed.

Read the press release to find out more on the new AGV system for Pfizer in Freiburg


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