Life Sciences’ manufacturing and packaging leaders are driving the demand for line clearance technology. There is an industry-wide need to automate procedures to introduce greater efficiencies and more structured controls. Entirely manual procedures continue to hold the industry back and expose it to risk and unnecessary cost.
of respondents experienced a line clearance error in the last 12 months
of respondents said that rogue components not picked up for a cause factor for line clearance failures
of the total respondents said that line clearance was in excess of 60 minutes for a complete product changeover
**Source CXV Global Industry survey conducted March 1st to April 7th 2020.
Confidential questionnaire of 25 pharmaceutical companies
“The Pharma Customer Markets and associated Compliance requirements are continuously driving the number and duration of daily Line Changeovers upwards – line efficiencies and the quality of line clearances are being negatively impacted. The digitalisation of this extremely time consuming manual process, as demonstrated by LineClearance Assistant, (LCA), has to be welcomed by the industry”.
Industry: Pharmaceutical Company
Using technology to reduce line changeover times is the single greatest potential for improving availability: entire shifts worth of availability can be unlocked by deploying a machine vision system that conducts inspections in milliseconds that take operators minutes.
Using a computerized system provides assurance that line clearance SOPs have been conducted correctly. Evidence of this is provided in a repository of stored images showing successful clearance checks. The system is validated for 21 CFR Part 11, Annex 11, GAMP5 environments with user authentication & access controls, audit trail and data integrity.
Vision systems can operate in low light and no light areas and reduce the operators’ requirement to reach, stretch or crouch for access to tight spaces. High resolution camera can detect irregularities that the human eye would struggle to see, and a network of cameras provide an overview of the whole line simultaneously.
To evaluate how Line Clearance AssistantTM could best be deployed in your facilities, please contact us to arrange a line Gemba walk or remote assessment during which our engineering consultants will determine the optimal camera network and system installation for your needs and environment.