Werum IT Solutions User Group Meeting: Grantek Systems Integration and Systec & Solutions form partnership to serve pharma and biotech industry in North America

May 25, 2017

Burlington, ON / Morristown, NJ – Grantek Systems Integration and Systec & Solutions came together for the first time in North America on May 17th and 18th, to showcase several configurations of PC’s, servers, HMI’s (Human Machine Interfaces), keyboards, scanners and more for clean room applications in the pharma and biotech industries. The historic event

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Machine Safety in 2017 — Open Web Meeting – May 25, 2017

May 23, 2017

The Advisory Committee of the Manufacturing Practice Specialty invites you to join us in our open web meeting. Find out what’s going on and learn how you can get involved. The meeting will also include a presentation by special guest speaker Jeff Winter on Machine Safety in 2017. We hope you can join us. Open

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WannaCry Ransomware Cryptoworm: What It Means To The Industrial World

May 18, 2017

WannaCry ransom note (image credit: Wikipedia)   By Chris Hamilton, MESA Cybersecurity Working Group Co-Chair Many of you have heard about WannaCry, or WannaCrypt (Ransom:Win32/WannaCrypt) initially publicized by the DHS last Friday May 12th. This worm is estimated to have affected over 150 countries and 200,000+ assets in its short run to date.  It also

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Machine Safety 101 Workshop

March 8, 2017

On March 10th 2017, our own Director of Safety Practice, Jeff Winter will be presenting a workshop on best practice in machine safety at the ASSE Three Rivers Chapter Technical Session Meeting hosted. The session consists of two components a training component and a workshop to apply the knowledge learnt from the training. Machine Safeguarding

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The Drug Quality and Security Act, it’s impact on your manufacturing process.

January 31, 2017

Are you bringing your pharmaceutical facilities up to date for Serialization and Track & Trace? Is November of 2017 looming on your horizon? As you know, it is more than 2D barcodes. DQSA Compliance dates are critical, and coming fast. Grantek has been helping clients prepare and comply to the Drug Quality and Security Act since

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Why do Machine Safety at a Corporate Level?

December 6, 2016

Authored by: Jeff Winter, CSP, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), Director, Safety Practice If you start upgrading machines without a corporate machine safety program you run the risks of: Having the same type of machine guarded differently; in the same facility or in two different facilities. Relying on your OEMS and machine builders to determine design

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What is a Machine Safety Program and why is it important?

October 27, 2016

Authored by: Jeff Winter, CSP, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), Director, Safety Practice Why is a Machine Safety Program So Important? Simply put it, without it, your company may be more exposed to more risk than you realize. An effective machine safety program will look beyond the minimum requirements of the law and include a holistic

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Embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) in Manufacturing

September 11, 2015

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet. Simply put it’s objects that were previously not connected that are now available and connectable via a network. Why does it matter? Every day the IoT is connecting new objects, everything from your

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Apotex: Pharma Controls Retrofit Improves Process

July 6, 2015

There are many reasons to upgrade from obsolete control systems; they can include lack of support, scarcity of parts, lack of functionality, lack of flexibility to make changes in the software and unscheduled downtime due to system crashes. Apotex, a large pharmaceutical manufacturer, was experiencing some of these business risks of operating an obsolete control

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Four Things you need to know about Food Safety and Traceability

June 15, 2015

By: Jim Toman – Senior Food Specialist at Grantek & MESA Americas Board Member During the recent MESA North American conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, I had the pleasure of leading an unConference session on the topic of food safety and traceability. During the discussion, it became clear that there is quite a challenge in front of food

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