Merck Serono, a Division of Merck KGaA, Successfully Rolls Out PAS-X MES in Mexico


Lueneburg, Germany - Merck Serono and Werum Software & Systems have jointly implemented PAS-X, Werum's Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the manufacturing of solids and liquids at Merck Serono's pharmaceutical plant in Mexico. This takes the company one step further in rolling out PAS-X as the standard MES system for its global pharmaceutical operations.

The new PAS-X MES at the Naucalpan plant (near Mexico City) replaces the former paper-based production control procedures with an electronically- based process. A new weighing system replaces the current weighing system. It was also one of Merck Serono's main priorities to interface the MES with the company's global SAP ERP system.

The functions of the new PAS-X MES cover the entire manufacturing process, from weighing & dispensing, tabletting and filling of liquids right through to packaging. Merck Serono Mexico expects an increase in efficiency similar to that experienced with the introduction of PAS-X in Darmstadt, Germany, in 2008. Electronic Batch Records based on electronic "review by exception" effect significant time savings and a considerable improvement in quality ("right first time").

About Werum Software & Systems

Werum is an internationally leading supplier of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. It's successful and well-established MES product PAS-X is used by 16 of the world's top 30 pharmaceutical and biotech companies in more than 500 installations. Werum delivers PAS-X as a turnkey, integrated and ready-to- be-validated system. The comprehensive range of functions built into PAS-X is the key to quality and compliance and lays the foundation for operational excellence initiatives in the manufacturing and packaging of pharmaceutical products. The company's MES-related services include consulting, project management, validation support, system integration, training, maintenance, hotline support, and life cycle management. A global network of local Werum offices and carefully selected regional solution partners guarantees reliable on-site support for clients. Founded in 1969, the IT company employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Lueneburg, Germany, and at eight other locations in Germany, France, the United States, Japan, and Singapore.

For more information on Werum and PAS-X, take a look at our website at www.pas-x.com.

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o Merck Serono site in Naucalpan, Mexico

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