OPEN-SCS and Werum IT Solutions successfully staged the OPEN-SCS plug fest at Werum’s headquarters in Lüneburg, Germany. The OPEN-SCS working group is partnered with the OPC Foundation to develop an open source standard covering the complete business transaction for the data exchange in pharma packaging serialisation.
During the plug fest the interfaces between the ISA levels 2-3 and 3-4 and the different vendors have been tested. Besides Werum (manufacturing IT including serialisation solutions) the companies ACG (end-to-end pharmaceutical solutions), ADVANCO (packaging/distribution serialisation and track and trace level 3 and 4), and WIPOTEC (serialisation provider of level 2 systems) took part in the interoperability tests. Complex data containing, for instance, serialisation mass data, were exchanged and the compliance with the OPC UA standard checked.
‘The results are very satisfactory,’ says Costantino Pipero, leading the event on behalf the OPC Foundation. ‘We fully achieved our goals, testing the interfaces, interoperability, and compliance adherence. The specification is viable, that means no changes are needed. For OPEN SCS this is the basis to now start and speed up implementation.’
In recognition of its efforts to develop an open communication standard, the OPEN-SCS working group was honoured with the Pharma 4.0 Award by the Pharma MES / Pharma TRACKTS! conference. The award will further boost OPEN-SCS to realise its vision: to reduce the total cost of ownership for packaging serialisation in the pharma and biotech industry.