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.
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