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Podcast: Integrating best of breed equipment, and training techs for validated environments

Automation educator Ken Ryan travels to Ireland to find a real-world application that leverages automation standards to integrate best-of-breed equipment.

Our resident packaging automation blogger Keith Campbell ( catches up with automation educator Dr. Ken Ryan, director of the Center of Automation and Control at Alexandria Technical College ( on location in Ireland to discuss:

  • a real-world example of stitching together best-of-breed high speed assembly machines, a flow wrapper, a case packer, and plenty of integrated robotics using S88, S95, S99, Make2Pack, PackML, and IEC 61131 for a pharmaceutical/medical device application, all using automation components from different suppliers
  • a contrarian view on upskilling--how better automation can actually reduce the need for upskilling the workforce
  • how North America is lagging Europe in the adoption of these international standards
  • retooling tech schools to educate a new generation of techs in the FDA regulatory process, medical device terminology, and what it's like to operate in a validated environment
  • Using standards for successful implementation of 21 CFR Part 11 electronic signature requirements in packaging
  • Secure remote access to machines via the S99 standard as part of a validated environment under a 21 CFR Part 11 framework.

SL Controls' Shane Loughlin, whose company integrated the application, also joins the discussion.

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