Continuous Manufacturing on top of the hype curve

By Geir Rune Flåten, Chief Solutions Officer

To me the 2019 report on Continuous Manufacturing from the FDA, albeit draft, is mostly positive reading. FDA acknowledges the potential in continuous processes and inspires the industry to take steps in this direction. It is in my view helpful to have the FDA outline quality issues and deliver guidelines for the implementation of Continuous Manufacturing. It encourages pharma companies to take more confident steps and not see the authorities as a barrier for these technological improvements. I guess it would really put a heavy lid on digital innovation efforts, if you not only had to invest resources in it, but also had to fear for your compliance and for your overall quality approval at a later stage.

Back in 2004 the FDA published a similar paper on Process Analytical Technology (PAT) as a framework for innovation. 15 years later PAT is still an emerging technology although more and more companies are taking advantage of process analytical capabilities. FDA endorsed the use of PAT in 2004 so you couldn’t blame the slow adoption of these digital concepts on scepticism from authorities. But it shows that the endorsement on a conceptual level not automatically leads to a rapid, industry wide acceptance in the real world of pharma production lines.

“I don’t see the relevance of giving confined spaces to PAT, as it may permeate all phases from development and manufacturing through quality control.”

Gartner’s well known hype cycle for technology comes in mind here. My feeling is, that the FDA hits the top of the hype curve with huge buzz and inflated expectations, when talking about PAT in 2004 and Continuous Manufacturing in 2019. According to the gospel of the hype cycle the technology on the top of the curve will soon after disappoint and be downgraded and move out of public attention. And from this low point it will graduately move in to production, be integrated and be established as the way to do it. PAT is there now, and considering the huge potential, Continuous Manufacturing will hopefully be in this position less than 15 years after this FDA endorsement.

If I should complain about “a hair in the soup” in the 2019 report, it should be the positioning of PAT mostly in the control strategy segment of a Continuous Manufacturing strategy. I don’t see the relevance of giving confined spaces to PAT, as it may permeate all phases from development and manufacturing through quality control. Process analytical technology is to me a crucial building block for the realization of Continuous Manufacturing and the strength lies in many aspects and processes related to innovative manufacturing process design.

RAMCON new reseller for the Danish market

Camo Analytics are pleased to announce the appointment of RAMCON as new reseller for the Danish market. RAMCON will handle sales and implementation of Camo industrial analytics tools and solutions to shorten product development time, improve product quality and optimise processes and efficiency.

“We have experienced a rapidly growing interest from companies across the Nordic region as digitalization and Industry 4.0 is changing the way companies develop and manufacture products. The speed of innovation and move to production are key to stay competitive,” says CEO Raman Bhatnagar in Camo Analytics.

“Industry 4.0 is all about data – and we collect more data than ever before driven by highly improved, cheaper sensors and measurements in every aspect of a production line. This opens up for advanced real-time sensor analysis directly in the manufacturing process to ensure the desired level of process and product quality. RAMCON offers extensive experience in this space, and with chemometrics and spectroscopy,” Raman continues.

RAMCON’s mission is to combine global products and expertise with local knowledge in the Nordic countries. We have more than 50 competent employees at our offices in Sweden and Denmark and our strength is knowing our customers’​ needs as well as a vast knowledge of the Industrial, Medical, Chemical and Life Science market in the Nordic countries. We offer products from leading manufacturers of analysis & lab equipment, automation, cell solutions and material characterization.

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China will catch up in industrial analytics

By Shane McArdle, Chief Sales Officer

Just recently I visited China to represent Camo at a manufacturing and analytics conference. 5000 attendees in three days made it worth our while to have a booth. The conference was about sensors, measurement, discrete manufacturing, process units and all the analytics you can put on top of that.

Cultural partnership
When it comes to Industry 4.0 and industrial analytics in manufacturing, the west is ahead of China. At least for the time being. It will change. We were there with a good Chinese partner Diantek, and in many ways you need a cultural partnership in order to understand Chinese companies and decision processes.

Camo and Chinese partner Diantek attended the 5th international online analytical instrument conference with a focus on helping Chinese businesses transform data into process and product quality improvements towards “Made in China 2025”.

They listen, they act
We were extremely well received by knowledge thirsty Chinese professionals, and we had a lot of great conversations. Chinese companies have carried out their production miracles through a people-intensive style of production. Traditionally they have had access to cheap labor, and therefore the incentive to automate has been lackluster. In the older production facilities the equipment is not in place and the digitization is just starting to hit the factory floor as in our corner of the world. But they listen, when we sing our song about Process Analytical Technology, process monitoring and analytics. And they act. Soon the conductor of the orchestra could be Chinese. We hear stories and see evidence of this more and more often where a Chinese company has emulated and improved on a technology and have the market to roll it out to.

I am a true believer
The current plan ‘Made in China 2025’ is for China to become a global leader in IoT, Big Data and advanced analytics. And I am a true believer. China will be able to mirror the current stronghold in B2C (Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent) in an equally strong position in industrial analytics. They move fast, when the political leadership has set the course. It is quite amazing. It took 30 minutes from a first face-to-face contact with a Chinese employee at booth located nearby ours to the CEO of the company calling me on my phone.

Karate Kid in Industrial Analytics
The obvious risk for a company like Camo is while the Chinese really acknowledge and respect our track record of experience with industrial analytics, we may very well be obsolete in a few years, as the Chinese businesses will move so fast. You cannot be lured by these 15 minutes of fame in China. While enjoying the spotlight you need to build sustainable alliances and close partnerships in order to be a longlasting and integrated provider for the analytical boom taking place on Chinese factory floors right now.

China is like Karate Kid learning from the master. But in a very few years the imitation, the training and the scale will make China a champion in industrial analytics!

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Analytics Solutions Conference: Industrial analytics in action

The premier industrial analytics conference features inspiring presentations, new product releases, networking, and more.

The Analytics Solutions Conference is the perfect venue to discover how companies are using data driven analytical tools to dramatically impact the bottom line. Domain experts, scientists, researchers and decision makers will gather to discuss the most recent advances in industrial analytics and share practical applications to optimize the value chain from R&D to production.

The conference will feature more than 20 presentations from leading organizations and experts on how to shorten product development time, improve product quality and transform processes using methods like design of experiments (DOE), multivariate analysis (MVA) and process analytical technology (PAT).

Conference highlights:

  • Keynote presentations from leading experts:
    Sharon Flank: Field Authentication and Adding Chemistry to Blockchain
    Geoff Vining: Solving Complex Problems
    Dennis Cook: A Primer on Partial Least Squares Regression
  • More than 20 presentations from experts at Lonza, Patheon, DisperSol, Eastman, Ecolab, Collins Aerospace, Quaker, Ondalys, JMC, University of Colorado, University of Hertfordshire and more
  • New product releases: Camo will launch an all new tool for hyperspectral image analysis (HSI) and the latest release of Process Pulse. Stat-Ease will present features from their upcoming release of Design-Expert version 12
  • Optional pre-conference workshops on June 18 to elevate your analytical skills:
    Practical DOE — “Tricks of the Trade”
    Realizing Industry 4.0 through Industrial Analytics
  • There will be plenty of expert talks, demo sessions and networking events with your peers, including an opening reception and a Mississippi River Cruise

Camo Analytics and Stat-Ease host the premier industrial analytics conference featuring inspiring presentations, new product releases, networking, and more.

Register today!
Come to Minneapolis for an update on industrial analytics, how it is being applied by leading organizations, and some big news. You are guaranteed to learn and leave the conference with new insights and inspiration. Register today for the Analytics Solutions Conference. On-site registration begins June 18.

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After APACT: Industry 4.0 brings us on the same page

By Geir Rune Flåten, Chief Solutions Officer

APACT 19 in Chester was as usual a friendly and open forum for the discussion of recent advances relevant to process analytics and control technologies. The three day event had plenary and parallel sessions about achievement of manufacturing excellence, and with some 130 participants it is easy to make good conversations with the majority of the participants.

I left the conference with the distinct feeling that a transition in terminology is bridging a gap, that used to be a problem. We were talking more about Industry 4.0 than PAT. It’s a broader agenda integrating different cultures in a manufacturing company. PAT is a mindset and methodology to solve issues in production, and by labelling process analytics under the broader Industry 4.0 umbrella we get better integration from top to bottom in the corporate landscape.

Scientists and analysts need to be on the same page as top management. The concept of applying advanced industrial analytics to the real-world problems of manufacturing should earn attention and funding from C-level. We can only arm scientists and domain experts with powerful tools like MVA and DoE, if companies recognize the need for transparent and scientific industrial analytics with a human-in-the-loop-always-approach.

Camo won the best showcase award at this years APACT-conference and hosted pre-conference training. 

The trend I met at APACT 2019 was that we were talking more about Industry 4.0 than ever before. It’s positive and productive. We want to have AI and ML taken down from the pedestal and having these technologies integrated in the overall march against analytics driven improvements and innovation. They will for sure have a big place going forward, but they cannot eliminate the need for transparent, scientific analytics close to manufacturing reality.

On our booth at APACT we had many relevant conversations. I met academics, customers, competitors and partners, and I came home with a handful of new contacts. The conference also awarded Camo a bottle of champagne for Best Exhibitor Showcase Presentation. Will we back in 2020? I do believe!

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Strengthening the team to fuel growth and innovation

Camo Analytics are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Christian Gilhuus-Moe as Chief Financial and Operations Officer and Kristian Petersen as Head of Corporate Development.

“I am thrilled with these new additions to the Camo team,” says CEO Raman Bhatnagar. “They both have strong track records and will help Camo continue to create global scale and fuel our ongoing growth and innovation across the business.”

Christian Gilhuus-Moe (left) joins as Chief Financial and Operations Officer and Kristian Petersen (right) joins as Head of Corporate Development.

Christian Gilhuus-Moe joins as Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Christian brings 18 years of experience from Telenor, the largest mobile operator in Norway. He has extensive experience in developing and execution of digitalisation strategies. The last achievement was to establish a significant position for Telenor in the e-health vertical. He holds a master’s degree from Institute of Production and Quality Management, NTNU and a Master in Technology Management from NTNU/NHH as a fellow student at MiT and Harvard Business School.

“Bringing data to business decisions and actions has been a cornerstone of my career, and I’m thrilled to join Camo Analytics to scale the business so more organizations can take validated actions based on their data,” says Christian Gilhuus-Moe. “Camo is one of the most successful industrial analytics companies, and I am excited to be part of Camo’s next wave of innovation and success.”

Kristian Petersen joins as Head of Corporate Development. Kristian brings extensive experience in business development working in the interface between management, business and technology. He has been working as management consultant in Accenture and Deloitte, Strategy and Business Development Manager in Aker Solutions and most recently in Nordea as a Strategic Advisor and Business Developer in the Corporate & Investment Banking business. Kristian has a master’s degree in engineering from NTNU and Berkeley and has a background and interest in Science & Engineering.

“There are groups of people who have come together to use data to further our understanding of reality and to solve new and old challenges, and to provide the necessary information to improve efficiency in our industries. One of these groups, Camo Analytics, believes that understanding how and why variables affect outcomes is more important than inherent patterns in data. Camo has acquired strong know-how and developed good tools enabling them to deploy their multivariate statistical approach toward solving such problems. In this way, they are furthering our global movement toward industry 4.0. Joining this unique, experienced and passionate group of people working to integrate the use of Data Science in industry was very exciting and hard to resist,” says Kristian Petersen.