Digital twins and microfactories for future pharmaceutical manufacturing

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The pharmaceutical industry is facing increasing demands to deliver a higher variety of products more quickly, economically and sustainably. In order to achieve this, the sector is making better use out of cyber-physical production systems with a specific focus on digital twins and how they can be used to hugely minimise the amount of material utilised in the design of a manufacturing process. However, these models which will be used to build a digital twin are not focused on a single piece of equipment, process or even physics, but are holistic models which aggregate data from multiple sources. This could include for example, crystal structure, solubility predictions, population balance, CFD, and DEM. Interfacing with all this data in a manageable manner is challenging, especially for a non-modeller. This presentation highlights CMAC’s recent work in 1) developing digital twins that sit across multiple model types with an interface accessible for a non-modeller and 2) undertaking end to end manufacturing of an API mirrored by an end to end process model.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2019
EventChem Eng Day 2019 - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Apr 20199 Apr 2019


ConferenceChem Eng Day 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • microfactories
  • digital twins


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