MES is the most significant system on the plant floor - providing the electronic environment which controls work orders, work flow, process steps, material flow and equipment management. “The key to efficient deployment is knowledge of the business environment and the correct modeling of this environment within the MES and overall landscape,” remarks O’Brien. ESP’s pivotal skill is the development and deployment of these models efficiently, with minimal disturbance to current operations and maximum impact on quality and efficiency. “Our people have developed their careers from the process automation and ERP system layers, which mean we also understand how MES is best integrated with other system layers,” adds O’Brien. This skillset and knowledge base is also required to deliver successful serialization projects which is why the company diversified into this field in 2007. Serialization is the marking and tracking of prescription pharmaceuticals at unit of sale level and is a rapidly developing requirement for all major markets worldwide. “Our team has many years experience in serialization from many sectors. This gives us a distinct advantage in the delivery of serialization solutions,” states O’Brien.
Since its inception, ESP has led the way in supporting the emergence of systems that were new to the industry, including the very early paperless manufacturing rollouts. “Our culture of innovation has led us to develop more efficient ways of handling the business layer design and rollout for manufacturing IT systems,” reveals O’Brien. In the case of MES, they have branded a methodology called MBR Factory to support major pharmaceutical manufacturers. The company has performed design and rollout of multi-site MES and serialization solutions for many of the major bio-pharma corporations such as Pfizer, Genzyme and Merck, as well as, many other significant manufacturers on time and within budget. “Our list of successful projects is a long one, and we mostly exceed expectations,” claims O’Brien.
We develop and deploy solutions efficiently, with minimal disturbance to current operations and maximum impact on quality and efficiency
Keeping one step ahead of others, ESP is determined to continue building a global resource capable of delivering state-of-the-art manufacturing IT solutions to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. “The immediate focus is to expand the MES/MBR Factory and serialization teams to become the top global players in these niches,” announces O’Brien.