If you’ve run a connected scale, you’re well aware of the associated benefits connection brings, including automated retrieval of scale readings for a variety of weighing methods, e.g., net weighing, gross weighing, etc.
But what about the related dispensing system?
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Dispensing systems may be as simple as a user interface to a connected scale.
More often, however, the interface or are integrated with higher-level systems such as a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) or Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
The integration provides contextual information, including:
Control of what scale is used (e.g., test status, max. load, scale resolution)
Support for more sophisticated weighing methods (e.g., pallet weighing)
Compensator calculations based on active ingredients
Real-time validation of weighing results (e.g., against planned quantity, tolerances)
Recording of final weights within the context of the higher-level system
Integrated with EBR, Dispensing Systems Provide Even More
Electronic Batch Recording (EBR) is essential in the pharmaceutical industry. Its enhanced information capabilities simplify and speed review times to ease compliance.
Typically, when MES suppliers integrate dispensing features into EBR, what they really do is implement a specific dispensing ‘component’. This component is used to complete process steps that involve dispensing material using a scale, mainly built for central dispensing.
Rather than integrate a component into EBR, however, isn’t it better to run an EBR that also is a dispensing system, because it has the native ability to dispense? Because the dispensing system is an EBR system, pharmaceutical manufacturers can leverage key advantages provided by EBR.