SMS Use Case – Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Extends the Life of a Critical Environmental Conditioning Turbine While Avoiding Unscheduled Outages

Background

The pharmaceutical industry is subject to strict FDA regulations to ensure product quality and reliability. Process control is critical to regulatory compliance, as are the environmental conditions (e.g., temperature, etc.) in which the products are manufactured.

Traditional maintenance methods do not continuously monitor the health of regulatory-critical machines. Examples of these include air treatment units (ATU), compressors, pumps, and conditioning turbines. Yet, these machines continuously run 24/7 and can only be stopped once (or twice) a year for planned overhaul, whether they need it or not.Unexpected downtime of these machines is costly, resulting in out-of-compliance conditions, product spoilage, loss of product, and possibly even public health hazards.

The client (and subject of this report) exercised traditional preventative maintenance methods, with routine manual spot-checks and their inherent inability to detect machine health and anomalies in real time. Consequently, they sought a solution that would better anticipate equipment downtime, facilitating maintenance and repair planning that minimally impacts production.