Control system design for a container washing station

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Kovács Gábor
Department of Control Engineering and Information Technology

Pharmaceutical manufacturing processes use special containers to store ingredi-ents, which need to be cleaned and sterilized regularly. To meet quality and safety re-quirements, the cleaning process is strictly standardized with rigorous obligations for the flow rate and pressure of the detergent.

In order to meet the quality standards, state-of-the-art pharmaceutical processes involve centralized supervision of production-related parameters. Hence devices such as a container washing station are to be equipped with features allowing remote supervi-sion, allowing quick reaction in case of malfunction.

This thesis presents the improvement of a pharmaceutical container washing sta-tion following the guidelines of the GAMP protocol. The thesis presents the require-ments against the equipment as well as the definition of functions based on them. Chap-ters detail the development process of the control logic as well as the realization of a visualization application extended by remote logging capabilities.


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