Grantek and Systec & Solutions Outline the Pros and Cons of Mobile PCs in a Production Environment

October 1, 2018

ISPE Boston Product Show 2018

On September 26, 2018, Grantek’s Director of Smart Manufacturing Practice, Sam Russem, and Jan Thriene of Systec & Solutions delivered an educational session at the ISPE Boston Product Show. Their presentation, Pros and Cons of Mobile PCs in a Production Environment, looked at the use of Mobile PCs in a production environment. The session was hosted in a Luxury Suite at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Sam and Jan reviewed the decision factors that should be considered when implementing Mobile PCs in a cleanroom rated production environment. Issues around 21 CFR Part 11 validation for Mobile PCs were also addressed. Attendees heard the pros and cons and participated in an interactive presentation focused on 3 perspectives:

Cost Perspective – Capital expenditure vs. operational expenditure
Handling Perspective – Ergonomic factors to consider
Design/Validation Perspective – Validation considerations and hardware designed for a production environment vs. hardware re-purposed for a production environment

Click here to view the presentation slides.

About the Presenters:
Sam Russem is the Director of Smart Manufacturing Practice at Grantek. Sam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has been with Grantek for over 9 years. During his time at Grantek he has executed Automation and Manufacturing IT projects and taken on several roles within the organization.  Sam has a strong background in Smart Manufacturing. Most recently, Sam was a Senior Project Manager in Grantek’s Enterprise PMO and has been integral in the execution of several prominent projects with key enterprise customers.

Jan Thriene is the Business Development Manager at Systec & Solutions, a Karlsruhe, Germany based manufacturer of best in class GMP-IT hardware for clean room production environments. Mr. Thriene has over 7 years experience providing HMI solutions in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics industries. Prior to his work with Systec & Solutions, Mr. Thriene held management roles in China and throughout Europe for various American firms.

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