Developing custom Control Software for a Cell Culture Media Delivery Platform

Industry
Life Science
Scope
Custom Control Software / MTP / Prototype / Operational Technology
Timeframe
Long-lasting partnership

1

MTP-compliant prototype skid

2

years of development

500

litres of Cell Culture media per batch

01

CLIENT

Our client is a leading multinational science and technology company. The organization operates across healthcare, life science, performance materials, pharmaceutical, and chemical.

02

BUSINESS NEED

The company's goal was to automate one of the steps in the Cell Culture process. To achieve this, our client tasked us with building a prototype for a media preparation skid and developing software that would integrate all devices, enable skid control, and facilitate the creation and execution of recipes for hydrated media preparation.
One of the requirements was that the User Interface and User Experience had to be very similar to other products made by the client.
To meet this requirement, A4BEE created a fully customized, tailor-made User Interface from scratch. Solutions and advice regarding MTP services and recipe execution proposed by A4BEE were highly appreciated and resulted in an operator-friendly recipe creation and execution process.

03

CHALLENGE

To help our client achieve its goals, we faced the following challenges:
  1. How to design a single software solution that could adapt processing recipes flexibly?

    How to design a single software solution that could adapt processing recipes flexibly?

  2. How to integrate new solutions into the customer's existing orchestration systems?

    How to integrate new solutions into the customer's existing orchestration systems?

  3. How can the software be effectively managed to accelerate the development process without compromising quality or functionality?

    How can the software be effectively managed to accelerate the development process without compromising quality or functionality?

04

SOLUTION

The project was very successful. The team implemented MTP-compliant control software for a demanding bioprocess. The client was delighted with the outcome. According to our knowledge, this was the world's one-of-a-kind prototype, which made the project even more enjoyable.

Karol Doroszewski

R&D Lead Engineer

Technology used

SoftwarePLC MTP (POL / PEA) OPC UA React.js JavaScript TypeScript Node-Red Custom User Interface including Control, Recipe management and execution, Trends, Alarms, and Reports Remote diagnostics and updates

05

OUTCOME

The use of the Module Type Package (MTP) standard rendered the system highly adaptable, capable of accommodating technological changes or variations in installation sizes, thus future-proofing the solution.
  • The system is versatile enough to work with custom-developed Process Orchestration Layer (POL) software or to integrate easily with existing systems, providing deployment flexibility.
  • Implementing the MTP standard notably expedited the development process by streamlining interface specification, leading to quicker development and deployment.
  • By adopting the MTP standard, the biotech manufacturing company met immediate software requirements for its large-scale cell culture media processing installation and ensured both future adaptability and scalability.

1

MTP-compliant prototype skid

2

years of development

500

litres of Cell Culture media per batch

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