Maximizing Production Capacity for Growth Part 2: Unlocking High Volumes of Production Capacity & Increasing Enterprise Level Output

Clinical Trials, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical Regulation,
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014

Enterprise Level Optimization – Often through the course of facility lifespan, unit operations capacity can become “unbalanced” from the product production requirements. Rebalancing the enterprise to match production unit operations with process requirements can unlock high volumes of production capacity and increase enterprise level output. Think “Multi-Product Facilities” matched with “Multi-Facility Products”.

This is part two of a four-part series that presents the tools and methods used to identify and quantify Production Capacity at a Facility/Site/Enterprise level. Discussion presents the means of evaluating existing enterprise level capacity and defining actions to create a bridge or series of bridges to link enterprise unit operations.

A live Q&A will follow the presentation.


Jim Robertson, Senior Director, Facilities Integration, Fluor Industrial Services

Jim is a technical specialist with Fluor’s Facilities Integration group responsible for orchestrating the architectural, process, and process equipment features necessary to ensure a regulatory-compliant facility design within cost and schedule objectives. He has over 30 years of experience in planning and executing projects, from initial feasibility analysis through detail design and construction administration. Jim has been dedicated to the definition and integration of Manufacturing & Life Sciences facilities. During this time, he has been a frequent guest speaker at ASME, ISPE, and Interphex seminars.

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Craig Sandstrom, PhD, Director of Process Engineering, Fluor Industrial Services

Craig is one of Fluor’s resident biotechnology experts and is a Director of Process Engineering within the Industrial Services business. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and has more than 21 years of industry experience, with the last 17 years working with Fluor. During this time, he has worked dozens of bioPharmaceutical facility design and optimization efforts, with an installed value in excess of $1.6 billion. These manufacturing facilities have included both drug substance and final drug product, with products including recombinant proteins (monoclonal antibodies, enzyme replacements, hormones, and growth factors), vaccines and human plasma derived proteins, with manufacturing scales ranging from 500 to 20,000 liters (bioreactor or fermenter capacity) for the drug substance facilities and from 5MM to 50MM vials/syringes per year. More recently, Craig has been leading Fluor’s process efforts around facility optimization and capacity planning, focusing on overall equipment effectiveness and operational consistency to unlock existing capacity with minimal facility impacts.

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Tim McNeill, Director of Technology, Fluor Industrial Services

Tim is the Director of Technology for Fluor Industrial Services; which includes management of process engineering, facilities integration, mechanical engineering and commissioning and qualification organizations. He brings more than 20 years of manufacturing industry experience on Pharmaceuticals, consumer products, petroleum, land development and aerospace projects. His career responsibilities have included program planning, industrial engineering, commission and validation execution, project management, sales and marketing and organization leadership.

Tim’s team works daily to develop technologies to address Pharmaceutical industry needs. They are responsible for Fluor’s facilities optimization program which endeavors to increase output and extend the life of existing facilities. Beyond optimization, the team continues to develop facility designs that address new opportunities for clients to employ single-use processes, intelligent modular designs and lean manufacturing principals.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar is targeted at facilities, engineering, production and manufacturing staff who are tasked with increasing optimization or production capacity of an existing operating pharmaceutical or biotech facility.

The people attending this seminar should be those who are looking for real-world examples of tools and methods used to identify and quantify Production Capacity at a Facility/Site/Enterprise level.

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Fluor Corporation is one of the world’s largest publicly traded engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management companies. Fluor is dedicated to the success of the Life Sciences industry. For over 40 years we have delivered and improved facilities that provide verified capital and operating savings to our clients for their manufacturing needs.

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