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B. Braun's first PAS-X V3 project successfully implemented

Upgrade to PAS-X 3.1.8 at plant A in Melsungen / Integration of ERP and DCS / Extension to full-scope MES and roll-out to other German sites planned

Production at plant A in Melsungen, Germany © B. Braun Melsungen AG

Lüneburg, Germany, January 23, 2018 – B. Braun successfully updated their existing PAS-X system from PAS-X V2 to PAS-X V3 in plant A at their headquarters in Melsungen. B. Braun is one of the world's leading healthcare providers offering products and systems for anesthesia, intensive care, cardiology, extracorporeal blood treatment, and surgery. In plant A, the company produces anesthesia – i.e. tranquilizers and hypnotics – for all surgical processes. In order to meet the growing global demand, it was necessary to extend and partly automate the weighing process (e.g. dosing of raw material).

"A Fit/Gap analysis with Werum experts showed that many of our required functions are included as standard functions in the latest PAS-X version," says Mike Werner, Engineer for Control Systems, B. Braun Melsungen AG. "As an adjustment of our old system would have resulted in higher costs, the decision for an upgrade to PAS-X 3.1.8 was quickly taken."

The upgrade is B. Braun's first PAS-X 3.1.8 project. The new version is implemented close-to-standard. PAS-X is fully integrated with SAP ERP on Level 4 and with Simatic Batch DCS on Level 2. 

For the future, B. Braun plans to gradually extend their PAS-X system to a functionally complete MES and to roll-out PAS-X 3.1.8 to further sites in Melsungen and Berlin. Apart from the improved upgrade capability, this is also intended to harmonize the production IT infrastructure.