Paul Clarke

Paul is SL Controls' Technical Director and has significant experience implementing solutions in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and food and beverage sectors. He plays a key role in the research and development of the company's industry-leading range of products and bespoke customer solutions, all of which have a focus on reducing customers’ operational costs and driving efficiency across the manufacturing process.

Smart Manufacturing Solutions & Data Integrity

Smart Manufacturing Solutions and the Importance of Data Integrity

Transforming your life sciences facility into a factory of the future involves implementing smart manufacturing solutions as part of a digitalisation strategy. Those solutions will ensure you get the benefits of digitalised processes while establishing the foundations for the next stage of your journey. There will be challenges, however, and one of the most important …

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The Importance of Systems Integration to Optimise Your SCADA, MES, and ERP Systems

The Importance of Systems Integration to Optimise Your SCADA, MES, and ERP Systems

Systems integration is an essential part of any modernisation and improvement project in manufacturing organisations. Systems integration is also the cornerstone of Industry 4.0, and it is central to the development of the smart factory of the future. What does systems integration mean in practice for manufacturers in the life sciences sector? One of the …

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Utilising the Power of Ignition in the Delivery of MES Solutions for the Regulated Sector

Utilising the Power of Ignition in the Delivery of MES Solutions for the Regulated Sector

The regulated sector, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, is going through a period of transformational change. These changes are being driven by new product innovations, market pressures, the evolving regulatory landscape, and customer/end-user demands. MES solutions, powered by the platform Ignition, are enabling manufacturers to respond, including manufacturers in highly regulated industries. SL Controls …

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What is Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and What Can You Expect

What is Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and What Can You Expect?

Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing is on its way. It was announced last year as one of several new industry clouds that Microsoft is developing, and it is currently in preview mode. What can manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and technologies industries expect from this new Microsoft solution? For us at SL Controls, Microsoft’s Azure …

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An Overview of the Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Process

An Overview of the Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Process

In previous blogs in this series, we looked at one of the unintended consequences of implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and processes – the increased attack surface. In other words, the more equipment you connect, the larger the target for would-be attackers. We also looked at the challenges of dealing with this Industry 4.0 cybersecurity issue, …

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Taking a Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity in the Transition to Becoming a Smart Factory

Taking a Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity in the Transition to Becoming a Smart Factory

In a recent blog, we highlighted the cybersecurity risks that are created by the increasing attack surface in manufacturing organisations. As a quick recap, as you integrate systems, platforms, and equipment, and as you connect elements of your operation to the cloud, the potential attack surface in your organisation expands, exposing you to higher cybersecurity …

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The Cybersecurity Risks Created by Industry 4.0's Increased Attack Surface

The Cybersecurity Risks Created by Industry 4.0’s Increased Attack Surface

Businesses in all industries face an ever-increasing range of cybersecurity risks. This includes companies in the manufacturing sector. When you look at regulated industries such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, where patient safety is a top priority, cybersecurity risk levels can be even higher. Industry 4.0 technologies and solutions almost always modify existing risks …

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Build Once, Deploy Multiple Times in Seconds – Cloud-Based Solutions for Pharma & MedTech Manufacturers

Build Once, Deploy Multiple Times in Seconds – Cloud-Based Solutions for Pharma & MedTech Manufacturers

For pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, repeatability is a primary goal when developing new manufacturing software solutions. The concept is simple – you select a facility or production line for the initial project, creating a software solution to deliver on your manufacturing and business objectives. Once you have that operational and delivering results, you can …

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Benefits of Microsoft Azure for Manufacturers in the Life Sciences & Technology Sectors

Implementing Industry 4.0 and smart factory solutions in your manufacturing operation requires a fresh approach to solution delivery, platform implementation, and IT infrastructure. Central to most solutions is the use of cloud technologies, such as Microsoft Azure. At SL Controls, we have extensive experience working with a range of cloud solution providers. Plus, we offer …

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The Relevance of OEE in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory Era

OEE is a well-established method of measuring productivity in manufacturing operations. Its origins can be traced back to the 1950s, however, so does it still have relevance today in the Industry 4.0 era? Not only is OEE still relevant, but its importance has been amplified with the opportunities and challenges created by Industry 4.0 technologies …

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How Smart Factory Solutions Improve OEE in Modern Manufacturing Facilities

OEE – Overall Equipment Effectiveness – has long been a performance measurement used in factories to reduce costs, improve quality, increase capacity, and more. The objective is always to optimise OEE. How can Smart Factory technologies help with this optimisation? Let’s first quickly define the Smart Factory. It’s a complex picture but, at its simplest, …

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Delivering Bespoke Software Solutions to Companies in the Regulated Sector

As automation, machine learning, sensor technologies, remote monitoring, artificial intelligence, etc advance, manufacturing companies increasingly rely on bespoke software solutions to achieve their objectives. This includes both fully bespoke solutions and software that is customised according to your requirements. Delivering this type of tailored software to the regulated sector – such as to pharmaceutical or …

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What Is Vendor Neutral and Why It’s Important to Your Manufacturing Facility?

In manufacturing environments, vendor neutrality typically refers to software platforms and solutions that can operate regardless of machine or equipment vendors. The aim of this type of software is usually to improve performance as well as deepening levels of integration on the production line to enhance efficiency and productivity. Even for software platforms and solutions …

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Automation of the Batch Changeover Process – Saving the Time Between Batches You Don’t Have

Batch changeovers are an essential part of many manufacturing facilities. They also represent a loss of productivity, however. After all, when you are changing batches, you are not producing products. This is amplified further in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities where the batch changeover and batch control processes are subject to regulations. So, how do you reduce …

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OEE and Why It’s Important

OEE is one of the most important performance measurements in modern manufacturing facilities. By optimising OEE, you can increase capacity, reduce costs, improve quality, and/or increase efficiencies in your production lines. Now, here is the really interesting part – it’s possible to achieve significant performance gains in your manufacturing facility by optimising OEE. Before getting …

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Convincing Management it’s time for Machine Monitoring Software

There are machines, software solutions, processes, and equipment that can and will improve your production line output as well as the profitability of your business. There are also things that will cost money to implement but will deliver negligible improvements. Making a distinction between the two is the conundrum facing managers in today’s manufacturing facilities. …

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Harmonising Data from Different Manufacturing Control Systems

Data is central to almost all significant improvements your production line and overall operation will experience over the coming years. Industry 4.0, enhancing OEE, automating additional processes, integrating machines and platforms – all this and more relies on data. In simple terms, this means a machine putting out data and another machine or system acting …

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