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Lab Process Reengineering (LPR): Increase of Efficiency in pharmaceutical, biotechnological and analytical Labs

Lab Process Reengineering - Effizienzsteigerung in pharmazeutischen, biotechnologischen und analytischen Labors
: Dobler, H.; Kuhn, C.

EuroLabAutomation '98
Oxford, UK, 1998
EuroLabAutomation <1998, Oxford, UK>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Automatisierung; Laboratorium; Laboratory automation; Laborautomatisierung; Rationalisierung

Volltext: Many processes in labs, such as pharmaceutical, biotechnological and analytical labs, are strongly influenced by research activities in the field of biotechnology. Due to the enormous competition, these labs are forced to integrate new methods and technologies as soon as possible. Also, they are forced to cut costs and transfer the processes into reliable "industrial manufacturing processes". Todays labs which are in the situation described above, have a high potential for rationalisation of the lab processes. These potentials can be utilised in three steps: Standardisation of the products and the processes, Improvement of the data and material flow as well as the working procedures, and Implementation of custom-tailored and adapted automation. Utilising the potentials leads to an increased efficiency and therefore higher productivity, better quality, shorter cycle times and reduced costs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation has dev eloped a method called Lab Process Reengineering (LPR). The focus of the method is on the data acquisition and analysis of the data. Based on the data analysis rationalisation potentials are detected, measures are worked out and time schedules for the implementation are developed. The method and some possible results will be examplarily shown by a project, carried out together with LION bioscience AG in Heidelberg.