Automation project

Automation of Oligo Building G for Bachem AG in Bubendorf

As one of the leading specialists in industrial automation of process plants, Penta-Electric has comprehensive experience in a wide range of industries – in Switzerland as well as abroad. This includes work for the pharmaceutical industry in particular. We’ll gladly accept any challenge head-on with our extensive expertise and experience, and prove to you that perfection is achievable.

Project description

Bachem AG in Bubendorf constructed a new plant for producing oligonucleotides. The new process technology required an extended basic engineering phase.
This optimum preparatory work paved the way for quick execution of detailed engineering and project implementation and ensured that the completion deadline was met.

The requirements specified by Bachem AG

Engineering, supply and installation for the Oligo Building G project, with 6 mixed feeder systems (25 buffer tanks), 9 media panels, and connection to 8 package units:

  • Hardware planning of the complete EI&C system
  • Generating the good automated manufacturing practice (GAMP) documents and test documentation
  • Programming the S7-1500 Control System and Zenon visualization with batch control
  • Defining and implementing all interfacing with the package units
  • Linking to the OSIsoft PI data historian system
  • Factory acceptance testing (FAT) of all software to be used
  • Supplying the automation components and switchgear cabinets
  • Performing the on-site plant EI&C installation work
  • Line testing and installation qualification
  • Functional testing and operational qualification

The custom-tailored solution from Penta-Electric

Our solid knowledge and experience with automation projects at Bachem made it possible to develop a quick, custom-fit solution for this plant and carry it out with targeted focus.
The automation was implemented using the M-Pro master project developed by Penta-Electric. Thanks to the structured and standardized architecture of M-Pro, only the basic functions had to be programmed. Most of the software was generated by parametrization.

The benefits for Bachem AG

All of the standards applied by Penta-Electric in planning, programming, installation and qualification enable quick, parallel processing of the tasks mandated, with good reliability in achieving the required functions. The high level of mutual trust between Pent-Electric and Bachem allowed the project to be executed with minimal administrative effort, contributing decisively to the project’s success.

The challenge for Penta-Electric

A large project team had to be staffed within a very short time owing to the short notice prior to project kick-off. Work on planning the EI&C system, generating the functional descriptions and programming the software had to be started in parallel due to the tight project schedule. This parallel processing of multiple tasks required efficient communication. Any changes needed had to be incorporated flexibly and quickly. It was also necessary during installation to closely coordinate with other work packages to keep on schedule.

The project in figures

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mixed feeder systems with 25 buffer tanks
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media panels, including a transfer panel
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interfacing connections with package units
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signals

Contact person

Tobias Ruh
Teamleader automation

Automation project

Process automation of reactors at Siegfried AG in Zofingen

As one of the leading specialists in industrial automation of process plants, Penta-Electric has comprehensive experience in a wide range of industries – in Switzerland as well as abroad. This includes work for the pharmaceutical industry in particular. We’ll gladly accept any challenge head-on with our extensive expertise and experience, and prove to you that perfection is achievable.

Project description

Siegfried AG introduced new process instrumentation and controls to modernize reactors in its chemical API production. The project had to be executed under extreme time pressure, as production runs had already been scheduled.

The requirements specified by Siegfried AG

The order called for engineering a project with six reactors, five receivers, and seven storage tanks:

  • EI&C planning of the complete process automation
  • Generating the good manufacturing practice (GMP) documentation in accordance with the Good Automated Manufacturing Practice Guide (GAMP5)
  • Programming the PCS7 Control System
  • Performing the switchgear cabinet and software factory acceptance testing (FAT)
  • Line testing and installation qualification (IQ)
  • Functional testing and operational qualification (OQ)
  • Providing support for production

The custom-tailored solution from Penta-Electric

The project was successfully completed to a high standard within a very tight schedule thanks to optimum staffing of the 8-strong team and the close collaboration of everyone involved. Plant operations restarted and have been running continuously 24/7 ever since without a hitch.

The benefits for Siegfried AG

Our vast experience in planning and designing EI&C systems and programming control systems enabled the specified requirements to be successfully implemented within the defined time frame.

The challenge for Penta-Electric

Working under heavy time pressure, personnel had to tackle multiple tasks in parallel while implementing changes flexibly and swiftly. This demanded close, comprehensive communication between all participants.

The project in figures

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reactors
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storage tanks
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signals

Contact person

Alexander Mergel
Teamleader DCS projects