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Excellent Quality Assurance for the Pharmaceutical Industry

This is how you increase the safety, quality and traceability of your pharma production: Turck's RFID solutions guarantee consistency in sample management and for corrective and preventive actions.

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Smart CAPA Management through RFID Sample Tracking for Pharma Quality Assurance

When it comes to the safety, quality and traceability of production processes, hardly any other industry has such demanding requirements as those in the pharmaceutical industry.

The extensive mandatory documentation and many other legal requirements must be observed at all times. The highest quality standards are therefore placed on data quality and sample tracking. 

Regulatory bodies such as the FDA inspect pharmaceutical production sites unannounced. Enforcement actions in the event of regulatory violations range from the so-called FDA Warning Letter to the prohibition of a drug. With increasingly complex medical products, corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) help to ensure the highest quality standards in the pharmaceutical industry.
Contactless identification solutions based on RFID make it possible to maintain high safety standards and consistent documentation without the effort and error sources involved with manual systems – both in existing plants and new plants.

Turck's RFID systems ensure consistent sample tracking and optimize your production processes. They also ensure compliance with the ICH Q10 Guideline, which describes the requirements for a comprehensive pharmaceutical quality system and also includes Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements. You achieve end-to-end transparency with real-time data to ensure that your production is safe, efficient and standards compliant.

Turck's digital automation technologies maximum data integrity. Results outside the specification are thus excluded. Reproducible product quality, sustainable corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) and trouble-free GMP!

Safety: more CAPA thanks to digital solutions with RFID

From the tamper-proof monitoring of hose connections right through to reliable brand protection – Turck's powerful digital solutions considerably increase the efficiency of corrective and preventive actions. The use of state-of-the-art technologies ensures optimized production processes, prevents deviations and enables the targeted prevention of problems. In this way, we create the basis for sustainable quality assurance for the demanding pharma industry and boost your competitiveness.

Cost saving: HF bus mode in Ex Zone 1/21

Whether for couplings, paint cartridges, format or tool changes, RFID applications involving many read/write devices are often very expensive and time consuming to install and maintain due to the hardware required. With HF bus mode for its IP67 RFID interfaces, Turck has developed an efficient solution for this challenge. The function enables up to 32 HF read/write devices to be connected to each RFID input of an interface module. With four RFID channels per module, this means that up to 128 read points can be captured and parameterized centrally.

Efficiency: Complete track and trace solutions from a single source

With Turck, you benefit from turnkey track and trace solutions that not only include an intelligent RFID system but can also be flexibly extended with active tracking elements such as BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), GPS or other IoT devices. Turck's GS1-compliantRFID solutions close the gap between physical production and the digital IT world of your company. We guarantee unique identities and reliable tracking for products, batches and more from production right through to shipping. 

Effective Quality Assurance in the Pharmaceutical Industry with CAPA

Discover how our intelligent RFID systems take quality control to a new level in a wide range of pharmaceutical applications. From occupational safety to ensuring plant availability, increased productivity, reproducible quality and reliable brand protection – all from a single source.

Improved occupational safety

Improved occupational safety

Safe processes such as tamper-proof hose connections and access controls. Avoid dangerous mixing errors and ensure the purity of your product.

Maximum plant availability

Maximum plant availability

Optimize plant availability with intelligent field device tags for calibration and maintenance. Confirm secure connections for preliminary products and start batches only after successful verification.

Increased productivity

Increased productivity

Increase productivity with tamper-proof mobile equipment monitoring and documentation of the cryovessel cold chain. Track mobile containers and monitor temperature in transport boxes.

 
Reproducible quality

Reproducible quality

Ensure reproducible quality through comprehensive documentation of single-use applications. Use track and trace systems for accessories in big bags and bioreactors to track packaging and connection material.

Reliable brand protection

Reliable brand protection

Protect your products with data codes on finished products and reliable serialization. Use track and trace procedures during the production process to ensure brand protection for medicine packs. Complete brand protection with the bulk reading of product information and a serialization-capable IT infrastructure can also be provided in Asia.

Webinar: Quality Assurance (CAPA) in the Pharma Industry with RFID

How can quality standards and documentation regulations of pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical production be implemented efficiently? Get answers to these questions and others in the live-webinar  "Quality Assurance (CAPA) in the Pharmaceutical Industry through RFID" on November 7, 2023 at 9:00 am (CET) or at 4:00 pm (CET)

André Ammann, Key Account Manager Pharma Europe at Turck discusses with the following experts after a 15-minute keynote speech:

  • Heinz Janiec, in his role as the Managing Director of the project engineering company Specialty Engineering, is bringing in his expertise gained from over 30 years of project experience in the pharmaceutical as well as the oil and gas industries.
  • Thomas Menze is responsible for the "Applications of Measurement and Automation Technology" department at VDI.

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RFID System Solutions for Pharma in Practice

In the application examples, see how users benefit from RFID system solutions in the pharmaceutical industry – in practical and vivid examples.

End-to-End Sample Tracking with RFID

Consistent sample management and maximum data integrity

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RFID Control of Hose Connections in the Ex Area

Fully potted HF reader identifies connections directly in Atex Zone 1/21 and transfers data to Ethernet gateways in Zone 2/22

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Identification of Cryovessels

Monitoring of cryovessels ensures the safety of products and preliminary products even without a permanent database link

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Identification of Big Bags and Bioreactors

Special RFID tags on the big bag can be read easily with a handheld device

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Identification of Single-use Applications

RFID tags on single-use products can be read easily with a handheld device

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Decentralized Package Verification for Pharma Products

Retrofittable RFID tracking system eliminates errors from the packaging process

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RFID Products and Solutions for the Pharma Industry:

RFID read/write devices (HF)

Turck's versatile HF RFID devices for demanding industrial requirements, including the Ex area or food applications (washdown, IP69K) enable optimum integration in your application. The read/write devices achieve ranges of up to one meter. Internationally standardized radio interface (ISO 15693, NFC type 5).

RFID reader (UHF)

Our UHF RFID read/write devices in a rugged industrial design (IP67) achieve ranges of several meters depending on the environment and can be perfectly integrated into your application. The globally standardized radio interface ISO 18000-6c and approvals for all relevant markets worldwide guarantee consistent solutions even for international customers. 

HF RFID read/write devices for Ex Zone 1/21

Turck's TN-R42/TC-Ex is the world's only HF RFID read/write device available that is certified for direct use in ATEX Zone 1/21. The interface connection of the TN-R42/TC-Ex operates like a standard read/write device for the safe area. When used in conjunction with Turck's RFID interfaces, completely cabinet-free ID solutions for Ex areas can be implemented. 

HF/UHF RFID interfaces

Turck's RFID interfaces link the read/write devices to the different networks such as OPC UA, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, TCP/IP, PROFIBUS-DP, DeviceNet, CANopen and EtherCAT. The fully potted TBEN multiprotocol modules with RFID and I/Os, as well as the BL67 modular system in IP67 protection, are ideally suited for direct use in harsh environments – installed cabinet-free.

HF/UHF tags

Turck's tags comply with protection classes up to IP69K and are insensitive to contamination and liquids. They offer a reliable solution with memory sizes up to 8 Kbytes and a passive power supply. Select from a range of tags for high temperatures, direct mounting on metal, for the Ex area, autoclave applications and many others. 

Turck Vilant Systems

Turck also offers complete turnkey RFID solutions through its subsidiary Turck Vilant Systems. The turnkey solutions specialist has already implemented more than 1,000 RFID system installations worldwide and increases the efficiency of all track and trace processes along the supply chain with reader systems, middleware developed in-house and onsite service:

Ask an Expert

If you have any questions about quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry, our RFID solutions or a specific device, simply use our contact form. Our experts will be pleased to offer advice.

André Ammann

Key Account Manager Pharma Europe

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