Software suits pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

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FactoryTalk Pharma Suite provides pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers on-demand access to key manufacturing information and production processes optimization. Production Management application delivers recipe, equipment, and exception management functionality for synchronization of multiple production processes, while Dispense application supports weighing and dispensing operations in GxP-regulated environments, helping minimize operational risk and reduce costs.

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Rockwell Automation Launches FactoryTalk Pharma Suite Software Bringing Integrated Weigh Dispense to the Life Sciences Industry

Pre-certified application features weigh-and-dispense workflows to help pharmaceutical manufacturers lower risk, reduce time to market and achieve operational excellence

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 26, 2009 - Rockwell Automation today introduced a new suite of software applications to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers integrate their production processes with the rest of the manufacturing enterprise. FactoryTalk Pharma Suite is the first in a series of industry-specific software applications based on the FactoryTalk Integrated Production and Performance Suite.

The FactoryTalk platform leverages a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for cost-effective, flexible, plant-wide integration. Its object-oriented design makes it easier and faster to build and modify applications, and then systematically deploy them across multiple sites in a consistent form - ultimately helping to establish best practices for manufacturing operations and regulatory requirements in discrete, hybrid and process industries.

FactoryTalk Pharma Suite covers processes in research and development, clinical manufacturing and commercial manufacturing. It helps companies lower manufacturing risk and reduce cost while being compliant with cGMP and FDA regulations like 21 CFR Part 11. The software suite also includes comprehensive documentation and templates to reduce qualification and validation at the customer site.

FactoryTalk Pharma Suite is modular and configurable. It is a cost-effective approach to meeting the manufacturer-specific requirements. It can be configured as a stand-alone system, or tightly integrated with business systems like enterprise resource planning (ERP) or Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Pre-defined interface scenarios simplify integration with these systems.

The first version of FactoryTalk Pharma Suite is comprised of the production management and dispense applications, which help pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers realize competitive advantage by enabling on-demand access to key manufacturing information and production processes optimization. The production management application delivers recipe, equipment and exception management functionality for improved synchronization of multiple production processes. The FactoryTalk Pharma Suite dispense application supports weighing and dispensing operations in GxP-regulated environments, helping to minimize operational risk and reduce cost.

"Small- to mid-sized pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers are facing considerable challenges - economic strain, a changing regulatory environment and portfolio pressure - that are impacting current and future business strategies," said Rene Schwarz, product manager, Life Sciences, Rockwell Automation. "FactoryTalk Pharma Suite is a critical part of our strategy to provide a full set of pharmaceutical solutions that help companies meet these complex demands. Longstanding life sciences industry experience combined with the FactoryTalk best-of-breed technology delivers a unique offering well suited to the fast-paced evolution of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries."

In addition to weigh-and-dispense features, future versions of FactoryTalk Pharma Suite also will include production analytics, electronic batch recording, quality management, corrective action/preventive action (CAPA), scheduling integration, and other value-add functions. Rockwell Automation also plans to release additional industry-specific applications for medical device, food, beverage and automotive manufacturers, as well as key production execution and performance management features for faster time-to-value and mobilization across discrete, hybrid and process industries.

For more information on FactoryTalk Pharma Suite, visit Rockwell Automation at Interphex Puerto Rico booth #1029 or visit

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage for their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation that include Allen-Bradley controls and services, and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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