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Planning and Optimisation Software Facilitates Production Planning of Ingredients

Planning in the pharmaceutical industry is in a class of its own. Joint products, GMP guidelines, campaign and batch production make life difficult for the planner. Rough planning usually exists in many plants. This process, however, is quickly frustrated by everyday problems. A new mathematical approach seeks to eliminate the need to make inaccurate delivery promises. Not only does it radically improve delivery reliability but, for the first time, it also allows tactical and strategic decisions.

Drug production requires special care, and many regulations must be observed. Process details and good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines have to be strictly adhered to. In addition to documented manufacturing specifications and the ability to trace batches, an ingredient company also has to deal with the fact that specific preparations cannot be manufactured in sequence. Moreover, the production of substances is carried out in multiple steps - between 15 and 20. Flexibility is required in such plants and multipurpose equipment is standard. Between 30 and 35 units as, for example special equipment, agitators, filters, dryers or cleaning units, are connected in various ways - an advantage for production, which can rapidly respond to requests.

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By Dr -Ing Christoph Plapp, CEO at Axxom Software

Christoph Plapp is the Founder and CEO of Axxom Software AG. After completing his degree in Engineering, he worked as a freelance data processing consultant advising companies such as Audi and Porsche. He was also engaged as a Scientific Assistant at the Faculty for Process Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, before beginning employment with AHP Munich as an Executive in the optimisation and simulation field in 1990 and with FWU consulting as Branch Office Executive in Munich in 1993. In 1995, he became a Senior Consultant for DMC-KGC GmbH, moving to Product Manager and Executive for Design and Sales. In May 2001, the company was refounded as Axxom Software AG and Dr Plapp was put in charge of the management function.
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