A large mid-western pharmaceutical company planned to install an automated product storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) within a new chilled storage facility. The idea was established as a way to better identify and document time the product spent outside of refrigeration as well as reduce risk for human error when handling the product on fork trucks. Two of the notable challenges on this project were that the AS/RS vendor did not have previous Pharma Industry experience, and that qualification of the system faced a shutdown driven “hard-date” for completion to accommodate product transfer from a another qualified chilled storage space.
To ensure success, a commissioning and qualification (C&Q) plan was developed to ensure all functionality was tested thoroughly. This testing limited potential down time or product damage due to equipment failures. Performance Validation worked with the client and the AS/RS vendor to assist in defining the scope, determining user requirements, and developing testing for user and functional requirements. The following activities were implemented to maximize project success.
The automated product storage and retrieval system was successfully installed and qualified in accordance with the project schedule, which allowed a seamless product storage transition to the newly qualified space.
Performance Validation coordinated with multiple stakeholders to successfully complete qualification of the AS/RS to meet an aggressive schedule. An extensive engineering shakedown process allowed for an expedited qualification period, with minimal testing issues. The client now has a validated state-of-the-art Automated Product Storage and Retrieval System, which is serving as a model for advances in storage and retrieval efficiency across the organization.
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