Project Description

MSD Brinny

The Challenge

MSD Brinny was looking for an automation integration partner to design, supply and commission a new Clean Utilities and Process Control system for a brownfield contract manufacturing plant. 

Requirements included:

  • Integration of PW, CIP, WFI, Chemical Additions, Glucose Skid, Media Prep Vessel and PTS, Harvest Process and Centrifuges systems and WWTP upgrades. 
  • Design, build and test of all necessary software configurations, including the production of GAMP 5 compliant design and test documentation.
  • Specification, design, build and test of IT architecture (hardware and components), including the delivery of all documentation and configuration.
  • Provision of support and automation services to external vendors.
  • Integration of Vendor Skids with site systems (e.g. Active Directory, File Shares and Data Historian).
  • Full commissioning and qualification support from packages delivery through SAT to IOQ and training.

Our Approach

A team of 20 NeoDyne automation engineers delivered a multi-platform control system built on customer specified software and hardware, including:

  • Siemens S7-1500 PLC & WinCC HMI
  • AVEVA (Wonderware) InTouch SCADA on Microsoft RDS platform
  • Thin Client Operator Interface through ThinManager
  • SSRS reporting

As a brownfield installation, we overcame several challenges with the Clean Utilities control system, including:

  • Reverse engineering control systems and documentation.
  • Full control of the WWTP and compliance with EPA license while completing significant upgrades.
  • Hardware and software compatibility issues with legacy equipment.
  • Trouble-shooting systems provided by external vendors.
  • Development and adoption of an agile change control strategy.

About MSD Brinny

MSD in Brinny, Cork, is an integrated site for the development, testing and manufacturing of biologics. MSD Brinny specialises in the fermentation, purification and sterile filling of biotech products, including some of the company’s most successful treatments for oncology, hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis.

NeoDyne is a trusted partner for the site and has been providing automation system integration services for MSD for close to 20 years, including Siemens control systems, Wonderware SCADA, Historian and Information Server as well as a broad range of validation services.

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