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IoT taking on pharmaceuticals

October 23th, 2019

IoT provides the pharmaceutical industry with several new opportunities for growth and progression in various healthcare institutions. Healthcare professionals and pharmaceuticals are now able to keep track of drug manufacturing processes, utilize preventive maintenance of equipment, all while promoting an improved supply chain management presence in the workplace. Sensors and trackers can enable optimal conditions for handling such harsh chemicals and touch-sensitive drugs, allowing for more seamless equipment operations. 

Preventive maintenance & hospital equipment 

What is preventive maintenance? Preventive maintenance refers to the regular, routine maintenance to help keep equipment up and running, preventing any unplanned downtime, and assuring that expensive costing procedures won't experience an unanticipated equipment failure. 

Healthcare equipment can sputter out for several reasons, not excluding, mechanical damage, excessive voltage surges, chemical deterioration, unstable environments, and lack of regular maintenance checks. Employees shouldn't risk it when it comes to equipment lifelines, so that's where IoT dependability comes into play. 

IoT working around the clock 

Nurses, pharmacists, doctors, and surgeons alike, know the non-traditional work shift all too well. It can be seen as beneficial to know that such technological equipment works on the same timeframe to accommodate workers, as well. IoT's ability to complete constant 24/7 real-time monitoring, around the clock, is essential. Monitoring pressure gauges, pH probes, air compressors, sterilizers, heat exchangers, vacuum fitters, and so much more can use an extra pair of eyes when it comes to monitoring. 

Such data can be used for planning repairs, avoiding critical issues, minimizing downtime, and even promoting workplace safety. When optimization occurs, it can serve as a basis for the equipment write-off or for modernizing equipment and machine performances, all while reducing waste. AI makes for a perfect foundation when it comes to the preventive and predictive maintenance of workplace equipment. 

Hot & cold pharmaceuticals 

IoT is most commonly known for controlling, modifying, and monitoring resting temperature settings in a plethora of habitats. Various environmental conditions can make or break the pharmaceutical manufacturing process, and IoT can come to the rescue. Transparency into drug production and storage areas is vital, for IoT can enable its sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, light sensitivity & brightness, radiation, and Co2 levels. 

All of this data can be uploaded and presented all in one convenient dashboard for end-users. Sensors can trigger automatic adjustments, decreasing or increasing as needed to save the edibility of many food items. They sound off as an alert so that staff can jump on the opportunity to make the right judgment and make the final call. Facilitating supply chain monitoring to ensure pharmaceutical shipments are untampered with is so vital within any company and should be taken seriously throughout the entire route. 

Contact BlueStar Europe for more information on the latest trends in the healthcare industry! 




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