GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Proficy® HMI/SCADA - iFIX Provides Site Standard for Leading Biotech Manufacturer
19 September 2008
Echternach, Luxembourg – September 2008 – Kerrco Automation, the GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Channel Partner for UK and Ireland, is supplying GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Proficy® HMI/SCADA - iFIX to Genzyme Ireland for use as its site standard.
Michael Lawlor, Automation Engineer - Genzyme Ireland, described the uptake of Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX: “We have used iFIX from the beginning in manufacturing one of our key therapies for kidney disease patients. We are just about to start the Process Validation phase of runs to our new multi-product tabletting plant where iFIX is employed at the SCADA level in the highly automated facility. As GE Fanuc has enhanced the software, so our confidence in its use has grown so that now it has been chosen as our site SCADA/HMI standard. The openness of iFIX has meant that it has been easy to integrate with third-party PLCs and to communicate with the Manufacturing Execution System layer.
“We are also starting to implement iFIX in other areas of our continuously developing plant, including into our Sterile Fill Finish facility. This is a multiproduct facility where we produce biotechnology treatments for various serious diseases.”
George Walker, Sales Director of Kerrco Automation, explained: “GE Fanuc’s Proficy HMI/SCADA – iFIX is a robust HMI/SCADA solution, providing process visualisation, data acquisition and supervisory control of plant floor operations. It gives the power and security to precisely monitor and control every aspect of a manufacturing process, as well as equipment and resources, resulting in faster response to production issues, less waste, improved quality, faster time-to-market with new products, and increased profitability.”
Proficy HMI/SCADA – iFIX is an extremely well suited application software for process environments, with functionality to excel in water/wastewater, oil and gas, and regulated industries, particularly those operating under FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 regulations. Based on an advanced Client/Server distributed and open architecture, it easily and quickly integrates with existing hardware and software and provides connectivity to the rest of the GE Fanuc Proficy software suite.
Gordon Morrison, Channel Director EMEA
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Europe SA – UK Branch,
Tove Valley Business Park, Old Tiffield Road,Towcester, NN12 6PF, UK
Tel: (+44) 1327 322 570 Fax: (+44) 1327 322 571
Kerrco Automation Ltd, 60 High Craighall Road, Port Dundas, Glasgow, G4 9UD
Tel +44 (0) 141 332 1551 Fax +44 (0) 141 626 1492