Chemical & pharmaceutical

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Pharmaceutical supplier opts for innovative hygienic flowmeter

Specialist process machinery manufacturer, L.B. Bohle, has employed Bürkert’s FLOWave flowmeters into its PUR pharmaceutical universal cleaning system, which is designed specifically for cleaning containers of a variety of sizes.
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SIL-capable actuators protect BASF plant

SIL-capable AUMA actuators have been specified as part of a safety system for flue gas scrubbers on a BASF incineration plant in Germany. 
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Automated vision solution makes reprogramming easy

GlaxoSmithKline has been able to automate traceability on its production lines and in the process has greatly reduced the risk of human error. 


  1. 02/04/2014 Pharmaceutical leaflet inspection system

    An end-of-line patient leaflet inspection system has been designed by Olmec UK for use with a new decongestant product.

  2. 24/06/2013 Electrical solutions for the Sadara Chemical Complex

    Electrical solutions and services supplied by Eaton will enhance safety and reliability for Sadara Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest integrated chemical complexes.

  3. 24/04/2013 Vision inspection system installed for healthcare product manufacturer

    Olmec-UK has installed a ‘Quality Station’ vision system at a leading healthcare product manufacturer. The system is being used to inspect a range of plastic and glass bottles and cylindrical containers. It checks for the presence, height and angle of bottle caps and to make sure that they are securely located. Fill levels are also checked for transparent bottles.

  4. 17/04/2013 Ammonia Technology Alliance formed

    Yokogawa Electric Corporation and KBR have signed a technology alliance for a fertilizer automation package (FAP) that will form part of the ammonia process technology solutions offered by KBR to its customers.

  5. 23/11/2012 Smart technologies achieve calibration excellence

    Suzanne Gill reports on a presentation given at the European Emerson Global User Exchange, which discussed an innovative advanced calibration and asset management solution, employed by GlaxoSmithKline at its Cork primary pharmaceutical production plant, which has succeeded in streamlining and automating its calibration tasks, and has offered the company significant improvements in business operations and management of its regulatory compliance requirements.

  6. 31/07/2012 Mobile SCADA solution monitors power distribution for chemical company

    Speciality chemical manufacturer, Allessa Chemie, has selected the EXTEND7000 mobile SCADA solution from SCHAD, for a manufacturing operation to more effectively monitor the consistency of energy distribution levels within its main 400V plant power supply right around the clock, seven days a week.

  7. 01/06/2012 High-speed vision system inspects sealed blister packs

    A high speed vision system has been designed by Optimal Industrial Automation for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer that inspects for seven key visual parameters relating to sealed blister packs at two per second.

  8. 22/05/2012 Optical gas imaging camera improves polymerization process safety

    Process operators at the Borealis high-pressure, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Stenungsund, Sweden have employed a FLIR GF306 optical gas imaging camera to detect potentially dangerous gas leaks.

  9. 24/01/2012 Making the move to a plantwide control solution

    According to research performed by the ARC Advisory Group, the global process industry loses approximately $20 billion annually, or about 5% of annual production, due to unscheduled downtime from aging DCS systems.

  10. 12/12/2011 Boosting production efficiency and reducing errors in ammonia production

    Five of EuroChem’s ammonia production units in Russia are to be fitted with Honeywell Process Solutions’ UniSim Operator Training Simulation (OTS) solution.

  11. 28/11/2011 Upgraded control systems help cut the cost of iron production

    Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe steel plant produces carbon steel by the basic oxygen method. The existing pressurised oxygen plant produced high pressure oxygen at 42 Bar for steel production, but the three operating blast furnaces only require an 11 Bar supply. Producing oxygen at 42 Bar and then reducing it to 11 Bar was not cost-effective which led the company to look for a more efficient solution.

  12. 16/11/2011 Nyrstar Hobart chooses process automation system to replace DCS

    Nyrstar Hobart, a leading global multi-metals company, has awarded an order to Rockwell Automation and its Global Solutions team to replace a distributed control system (DCS) at the company’s zinc smelting operation in Hobart, Tasmania.

  13. 16/11/2011 Wireless conductivity transmitters help prevent chemical discharge

    Korsnäs Gävle is using Emerson Process Management’s Smart Wireless conductivity and temperature transmitters to collect critical leak-detection monitoring data at its board and paper production unit at Gävlebukten, Sweden, enabling it to verify its compliance with environmental monitoring legislation.

  14. 19/10/2011 Putting the production process through its paces

    Dr Michael Bunk, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service and Dr Silvio Kammer, Innospec Leuna, discuss the process undertaken by the chemical company to implement a state of the art energy management system.

  15. 04/10/2011 Upgraded emergency shutdown systems at Lucite’s Cassel Works

    Hima-Sella, has started work on the upgrade of Emergency Shutdown (ESD) systems for Lucite International at its Cassel Works site in Teesside. The upgrade applies to MM7 - one of the site’s two methacrylate-based monomer plastics processing plants - and will see the gradual replacement of around 24 legacy ESD systems with a solution implemented using eight HIMA HIQuad H51q programmable electronic systems.