Biomanufacturing Automation Fundamentals
- May 16–17, 2023
|65% Hands-on equipment and software experience|
|30% Fundamentals and concepts|
|70% Industry applications|
Why should you attend?
There is an increasing focus on automation in the biomanufacturing industry, therefore it is important to understand the inner workings and be able to better communicate with regards to automation and process control. This is critical for the design and development of new processes, and for the maintenance and improvement of a current process. This course provides fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience with process control instrumentation, software, and schematics for automation of biomanufacturing operations. This is an opportunity to see how process schematics/documentation translate to deployment of instrumentation in the field, as well as an opportunity to understand their integration into and programming within a commercial control software package.
Attend and you will learn
- How to interpret typical instrumentation and process automation schematics such as PFDs, P&IDs, Loop diagrams
- Hands-on experience with DeltaV hardware and software which is a commercial distributed control system (DCS) used in the biomanufacturing industry
- How process sensors/equipment function and how they are integrated into the DCS to control a lab scale bioreactor
- Sensor calibration and loop checking
- Control strategies applicable to biomanufacturing automation, with a focus on engineering controls including basic PID loops, as well as split-range control, and cascade control
- Familiarity with utilities systems and pilot scale control room via guided tours
Who should attend
Scientists and engineers familiar with biomanufacturing processes, looking to obtain familiarity with process control/automation concepts, instrumentation, and control software common within the biomanufacturing industry with roles in:
- Process development
- Manufacturing sciences
Attend and you will receive
- 14 hours of instruction/activities
- Notebook containing all course lecture and lab materials
- Morning coffee and tea
- Afternoon beverage break
- Certificate of completion
- $1,875 for Hands-on BTEC Course
This course was developed with a project award from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (70NANB17H002).
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A 40% discount is available for NIIMBL members for the following courses:
- Hands-On cGMP Biomanufacturing of Vectors for Gene Therapy
- Hands-on Essentials of Automation for Biomanufacturing
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