Wonderware Strategic Integration Group wins $1.5-million Aventis contract

Lake Forest, CA; Strasbourg, France—Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc., announced that its Wonderware Strategic Integration Group (WSIG) has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to provide Aventis with an automated manufacturing system application.


Lake Forest, CA; Strasbourg, FranceWonderware , a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc., announced that its Wonderware Strategic Integration Group (WSIG) has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to provide Aventis with an automated manufacturing system application. This innovative system application is designed around Wonderware’s award-winning InBatch production management software.

Aventis Pasteur, the vaccine business of Aventis, is implementing Wonderware’s solution as part of a $77.5-million expansion of its Swiftwater, PA-based formulation and filling plant. This is Aventis’ largest expansion project to date. WSIG’s solution will allow Aventis Pasteur to expand and improve vaccine production.

"Wonderware has a long history of providing the pharmaceuticals industry with applications that are designed to enhance the manufacturing process and improve product quality," said Yves Dufort, WSIG's general manager and director of services. "The new InBatch production management system will enable Aventis Pasteur to achieve significant benefits, such as increased plant efficiency through reduced processing errors, faster batch-release cycles, and reduced operating costs."

The contract involves supplying and configuring user interfaces to automate batch processing with data-entry screens, a real-time database and visualization layer, as well as batch production execution and reporting systems. The solution is designed to provide Aventis Pasteur with a flexible, rapid-response, modular processing capability to manufacture multiple batches of its brand-name products.

The project also will give Aventis Pasteur a centralized system that seamlessly integrates the operational capabilities of the new I/O devices, control systems and execution systems at its Swiftwater facility. WSIG will design the solution to give Aventis Pasteur the ability to access and share the appropriate information with the right people, improving its decision-making processes. Also, it will enable the company to coordinate activities and resources for the formulation and filling facility. Other project objectives include eliminating paper records, batch sequencing, alarm and notification of adverse conditions, and real-time exception reporting to facilitate batch evaluations.

The new system will provide continuous and comprehensive data collection for historical records. The collected data can then be used for process optimization and improved efficiency.

WSIG is a Wonderware solutions group that supports strategic customer accounts and assists systems integrators and distributors in implementing advanced Wonderware products, including those built on its Invensys' ArchestrA software architecture.

—Jim Montague, News Editor, Control Engineering, jmontague@reedbusiness.com

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