Fabbrica Italiana Sintetici has made a multi site automation investment to help it improve efficiency, quality and compliance of its manufacturing operations
Fabbrica Italiana Sintetici (FIS), an active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturer, has selected Emerson to digitise operations and work processes at three manufacturing sites in Italy.
With the $20 million (€16.1 million) contracts, Emerson will provide automation technology to help create a fully electronic manufacturing environment for increased efficiencies, quality and regulatory compliance.
“It is vital that FIS develops the right relationship to help it expand operations in a measured and prudent manner,” said Franco Moro, General Manager of FIS.
“Working with Emerson provides FIS with a trusted partner as we digitise work processes and invest in automation to improve production and efficiency.”
As part of its growth strategy, FIS constructed a new $123 million (€100 million) unit at its Termoli site, doubling capacity to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Emerson will implement its Syncade manufacturing execution system at the Termoli site, as well as the Montecchio facility, providing automated workflows and paperless procedures and record-keeping. Paperless manufacturing improves production efficiency and offers widespread benefits in compliance, product quality, inventory and document control, which are critical in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry.
The two leading companies have partnered before; Emerson provided its DeltaV distributed control system to monitor and control manufacturing at the Termoli site in 2017. As part of this latest agreement, Emerson will expand the automation system to incorporate additional measurement and control instrumentation. By standardising on DeltaV across its Termoli, Montecchio and Lonigo sites, FIS aims to improve efficiency and ensure consistent operations.
The contracts are part of a 10 year strategic framework agreement signed with Emerson for the supply of its DeltaV and Syncade systems, measurement instrumentation and control valves, as well as a 10 year service agreement that covers the control systems at all three sites plus the new MES systems at Termoli and Montecchio.