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Using IBM Maximo to plan maintenance and ensure regulatory compliance in a new, state-of-the-art pharma facility

Established over 35 years ago, Penn Pharma, a PCI company, delivers integrated drug development, clinical trial supply and manufacturing services for the healthcare industry.

Penn Pharma employs approximately 500 people in the UK, and its global parent company, PCI, employs around 3,200 people worldwide.

When PCI Pharma invested in its new state-of-the-art high-containment facility, it wanted to develop a much more proactive, predictive approach to maintenance planning.

PCI Pharma realized that an enterprise-class maintenance management system could also help meet the stringent regulations that apply to pharmaceutical manufacturing, and the growing expectations of its safety-conscious clients.

Building a Partnership with Peacock Engineering

PCI Pharma decided to deploy IBM Maximo Asset Management to transform maintenance planning at its new facility, and engaged Peacock Engineering to deliver the project.

Peacock Engineering were required to build, within hosted infrastructure at its Rackspace dedicated hosting centre, a new Maximo system and to import into it, data from a wide variety of sources. The system was tested and validated for GAMP jointly by Peacock Engineering staff and PCI Pharma QA staff.

As PCI Pharma transitioned to an online, paperfree system, it became necessary that they carried out electronic validation in accordance with FDA regulations, specifically 21 CFR Part 11. Their new system enabled them to carry out this audit trail effectively and thoroughly, and prove that they adhered to all regulations.

Increased efficiency & work order visibilityPCI Pharma now has a standalone Maximo system that is fully validated in accordance with FDA regulations, specifically 21 CFR Part 11.

The validation was a critical factor for this high-containment facility. With the new system, PCI Pharma now benefits from a centralised point of control.

The company’s engineers can:

  • Access their own dashboard
  • Instantly see which jobs are due
  • Plan the most efficient order in which to complete jobs
  • Easily update the system when tasks are done
  • Utilise their time more effectively
  • Streamline & accelerate workflow

PCI Pharma now maintains its operations completely paper-free.

By eliminating data duplication and reducing the scope for human error, the system contributes significantly to the overall safety of the plant.

Demonstrating robust regulatory compliance

PCI Pharma’s new solution plays a key role in demonstrating the new facility’s compliance with standards expected by regulators and clients. The IBM Maximo solution provides them with:

  • A full digital audit trail for all maintenance work
  • Transparent evidence that maintenance is reliably managed
  • Proof that they meet all required standards

They can also now demonstrate that they prioritise Health and Safety in their contained manufacturing facility.

This is imperative to PCI Pharma’s employees and clients.

PCI Pharma realized that an enterprise-class maintenance management system could also help meet the stringent regulations that apply to pharmaceutical manufacturing, and the growing expectations of its safety-conscious clients.

Building a Partnership with Peacock Engineering

PCI Pharma decided to deploy IBM Maximo Asset Management to transform maintenance planning at its new facility, and engaged Peacock Engineering to deliver the project.

Peacock Engineering were required to build, within hosted infrastructure at its Rackspace dedicated hosting centre, a new Maximo system and to import into it, data from a wide variety of sources.

What our clients say:

“IBM Maximo and Peacock Engineering are helping us optimize operations while never compromising on quality or safety, which makes a winning combination. Peacock’s ability to manage the project to the deadlines we set meant that we achieved both our time and cost targets.”

Peter Webster, Director of Technical Engineering and Continuous Improvement,
PCI Pharma

The system was tested and validated for GAMP jointly by Peacock Engineering staff and PCI Pharma QA staff.

Enabling a longer-term view to maintenanceThe IBM Maximo solution enables PCI Pharma to take a longer-term view towards maintenance management. They are now able to:

  • Easily plan ahead, using insight from the IBM Maximo system
  • Align maintenance with manufacturing schedules
  • Migrate their existing manufacturing facility to the IBM Maximo solution
  • Explore additional features – such as inventory management

They can also schedule work to minimise the effect it has on manufacturing operations, whilst maximising the results. This installation of the IBM Maximo system was completed on time, and within the agreed budget.

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