Driving forward the digital transformation of pharmaceutical processes

03 November 2020

Siemens and Zeta have entered into a strategic partnership with the aim of driving forward the digital transformation of pharmaceutical processes worldwide. Zeta, takes the role of the system integrator, while Siemens acts as the system provider offering software platforms with its Digital Enterprise portfolio.

The Comos plant engineering software solution is the basis for the digital engineering platform, with object-oriented data management and the use of intelligent templates for the implementation of pharma-specific planning processes. In addition to the integration of existing platform functions, Zeta and Siemens are developing new modules to further improve the integration of the value chain. 

The development of industrial processes for the production of active ingredients is highly complex and requires numerous planning steps, from development in the lab through to large-scale industrial production. In the strictly regulated pharmaceutical sector, these processes must be transparent and fully traceable. In project engineering, huge volumes of data are generated, which must be structured logically. This requires a stringent software landscape, which integrates all processes from industrial process design through mechanical implementation, automation, and qualification to delivery. 

The new digital planning environment is oriented to the specific requirements of all project participants and enables different project partners to work together from various locations in a shared software environment. The basis for this is Comos plant engineering software from which all data can be accessed, used or further developed at all times. Users are seamlessly integrated in the planning process, which offers the advantage of more efficient, faster, and smoother cooperation between participating companies. At the end of the comprehensive and integrated planning process, Zeta has a digital twin of the plant and the process. Using Smart Engineering Services, it makes the digital twin available to plant operators for the efficient operation and maintenance of the plant.

The practical advantages of integrated digitalisation in a software system landscape are summarised by Martin Meyer, digitalisation expert at Zeta: “The customer benefits from the use of digital qualification data for electronic validation, automatic updating of spare parts lists and order numbers, replacement and testing dates for plant components and wear parts – all kept up-to-date based on the digital twin of the plant.”


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