Emerson gifts automation tech for simulated bioprocessing in Ireland

By Flora Southey

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Emerson is donating an automation platform worth $1m to Ireland’s NIBRT for ‘real-life’ industry training in Dublin.

The planned Emerson Room at the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) – designed to simulate a bioprocessing environment – will house the DeltaV distributed control system.

The platform is used in the digitisation and automation of biologics manufacturing processes and uses facilities remote monitoring and automation control from multiple locations, Emerson Automation Solutions’ Daniel Keogh spokesperson told us.

“It is used from laboratory research and development through full-scale commercial manufacturing to help companies lower costs, reduce time to market, and improve quality.”

The collaboration will help address a key challenge for the industry, said Keogh: “The need to expand the pool of industry ready operators.”

“By providing access to the technology within a state of the art training facility, this will help pharmaceutical companies to upskill the next generation of operators, essential for the industry to more quickly and safely produce quality medicines that improve the lives of patients across the globe.”

First students will train on the platform in Q3, 2018.

Last week NIBRT announced plans​ to expand to North America in partnership with Philadelphia’s Jefferson University, but Keogh said currently, the Missouri-headquartered firm is providing technology to NIBRT’s Dublin site only.

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