Making productivity sustainable with Pharma 4.0

With Mitsubishi Electric having written a white paper looking at robotics in the pharmaceutical sector, solutions manager David Bean highlights how industrial automation can improve the environmental footprint of pharmaceutical manufacturing activities.

Smart pharmaceutical manufacturing can do more than drive up productivity. It can transform the lives of patients by providing access to high-quality medicines while also improving the sustainability of operations and contributing to net zero policies. As a result, pharmaceutical companies can help to protect both people and the environment.

The future of pharmaceutical manufacturing, also known as Pharma 4.0, is based on data-driven technologies. These can generate in-depth knowledge on processes and activities, share this information with key equipment and automatically act upon this intelligence in real-time to optimise entire production lines.

This digital transformation of pharmaceutical operations can make businesses more lean and agile, delivering key opportunities in a number of areas beyond the shopfloor. In particular, smart manufacturing can help companies improve their environmental footprint.

The pharmaceutical industry is considered a major emitter, producing 55% more greenhouse gases than the automotive sector. As a result, businesses in this market will need to invest in key actions to help facilitate their journey to net zero. Digital transformation technologies offer a unique opportunity to support net zero policies with quick ROIs. In addition to forming a gateway to green manufacturing, they can also enhance the competitiveness of pharmaceutical manufacturers in a demanding marketplace, making digitalisation a particularly appealing strategy.

Pharma 4.0 is green

Well-designed automation solutions can optimise resource utilisation, reducing both waste and rework. Mitsubishi Electric’s specialist teams have supported a multitude of projects in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, delivering improvements using customised automated systems. For example, smart process control solutions and robotics can improve yield and process performance whilst reducing energy consumption and thus improve manufacturing sustainability metrics.

These technologies can also reduce emissions, production time and costs, which in turn benefits both businesses and patients. In effect, it is estimated that Pharma 4.0 will save 30 minutes per year for each clinical trial patient and cost savings for customers of £1 billion are expected.

As the manufacture of increasingly advanced treatments and medical equipment becomes more expensive and resource intensive, the utilisation of automation offers pharmaceutical companies an opportunity to thrive. By leveraging state-of-the-art components, such as Mitsubishi Electric’s range of robots, controllers, drives, HMIs and MaisartTM based AI technologies, businesses can meet ambitious environmental goals while creating highly responsive production facilities.

To learn more about how industrial automation can help pharmaceutical manufacturers improve their environmental footprint and operations, click here to download Mitsubishi Electric’s white paper ‘Advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing now - Key automation technologies, applications and real-world benefits’.

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