Advanced technologies, such as augmented reality (AR), will be integrated into a new platform for manufacturers. WorldBI Group examines how this could affect drug production and supply chains.
Apprentice.io recently announced the creation of a new platform for pharma firms that will incorporate augmented reality (AR), voice recognition, and AI (AI).
The company has raised US $100 million in Series C funding to expand its operations and initiate a unique cloud-native platform aimed at reducing human error and inefficiencies in the pharmaceutical industry.
Through Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and augmented reality (AR), the platform becomes more intuitive over time, helping to enhance production, quality, and speed-to-market. Operators can follow augmented audio or text instructions that are specific to their equipment and the layout of their facilities by following AR overlay guidance.
The launching of the new platform is the latest proof that AR is here to stay in the pharmaceutical industry.
How Augmented Reality (AR) could Revolutionize Pharma Supply Chains
Unlike virtual reality, which provides an immersive experience, AR overlays digital information over real-world elements, improving existing data with extra digital details.
This means a warehouse operator can stroll around the facility and receive real-time alerts, such as which equipment needs repair, stock restocking, or a reminder that routine maintenance is necessary. This can help you prevent downtime and save money.
It can also enable remote maintenance, which has become increasingly important since the outbreak of the global pandemic. For a company with multiple facilities that may not be close to an engineer, this can be quite useful in preventing supply disruptions.
Augmented Reality (AR) can be a beneficial training tool since it can provide step-by-step digital instructions for complex, paper-based standard operating procedures (SOPs) that would otherwise take a long time and be subject to mistakes.
It can also improve logistical operations by providing additional information such as transportation guidelines and anything essential to rules and compliance while scanning items in transit.
Another area where it can help the pharmaceutical industry is in the construction of production facilities. Novo Nordisk stated in January that it would establish three new manufacturing facilities and expand one existing one, with the majority of the additional capacity going toward the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
Workers will use augmented reality (AR) technology to study the designs of the facilities onsite while on the job, concurrently viewing them on a mobile device, allowing them to compare the real-world design with the digital model to address problems while on the job.
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