Headquartered in the U.K. and with worldwide operations, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is an industry leader, with an estimated seven percent of the world’s pharmaceutical market. GSK produces medicines that treat major disease areas such as asthma, virus control, infections, mental health, diabetes and digestive conditions. In addition, GSK is a leader in the important area of vaccines and is developing new treatments for cancer.
GSK Cork is a highly automated manufacturing facility located in Currabinny, County Cork, Ireland. Prior to this, GSK Cork used a variety of applications for its engineering data, drawings and documentation. These included a custom instrument index on a Microsoft SQL Server® database. Data resided on a number of standalone, unconnected applications, some of which were obsolete or unsupported.
“Our islands of information meant that numerous systems had to be updated with the same data,” said Ed Collins, Integrated Engineering System (IES) Project Sponsor at GSK Cork. “This could lead to omissions and unreliable data, and additional work for engineering personnel.”
Although some of the company’s engineering consultants were using intelligent systems, it was not possible to take advantage of this intelligence after the transfer from the project phase to the operational phase of the plant life cycle. The team launched a plan to implement a world-class, lean and cost-effective integrated engineering system that would be used at all stages of the plant life cycle. After a thorough search, GSK Cork chose the Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise solution suite.
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