Project name:

Integration of the software solution PILOT [TPM] (formerly: PMSCADA) from Felten Group on process data acquisition (PDA) in the field of pharmaceutical packaging.




Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Ingelheim


Introduction of a computerized system for automatic acquisition of process data (PDA) of the production and packaging plants for the generation of KPIs and implementation of analyzes to optimize the plants and processes. Validation of the system is not required.


The software product PMSCADA from the Felten Group will be integrated as a PDA system in the existing IT infrastructure at the location Ingelheim.

The system records directly and constantly operating conditions, incidents, counts and process data of currently about 60 connected local machines. The machinery and plants at the production lines / facilities are automated with PLC (programmable logic controllers) from different manufacturers. The data interface is OPC DA. OPC DA has been defined as standard interface. Updates or changes were needed at all PLCs, which implemented the respective machine suppliers according to their specially created interface specification.

Parallel to the machine data acquisition, further information about line status via web interface on touch PCs can be dropped to the system as well as tasks can be started and stopped, to implement data evaluation not only via freely selectable time ranges, but also via driven tasks (identification about task numbers). The task administration is synchronized over a file interface with SAP.

Information: The grayed areas in the pictures below shall save company secrets.

BDE terminal status

BDE terminal task“

The PDA system represents the current line state (order data, meter readings set/actual, faults) on large text displays (42 “LCD monitors with integrated PC) at the packaging lines. There are also summarized group views, which can show the status of all lines of a building.

Line state on large text display

Overview of several lines

The user interacts via a web interface with the system so that the system is accessible from any PC workstation on campus. The PDA system has its own user management. The creation of users as well as the authentication with password occurs over a LDAP alignment. In addition, there is a rights administration to summarize user to groups with the same powers (functions, which are not visible or controlable).

WEB Frontend

The users of the system can access a variety of configurable reports on production lines or individual machines or systems. This can be executed manually or cyclically automated. Here it is possible to receive the evaluation, like downtime- or failure analysis, per e-mail or to send it to a network printer at fixed time points. This allows a user for example, to inform himself in the morning at service beginning about the state of the plant in the last twelve hours.

At the location Ingelheim, the trend module [TM] has been integrated, which makes it possible to present the captured process data (temperature, pressure, count values…) in freely configurable y(t)-diagrams and to use this data for evaluation and comparison.

The data is stored in a file structure (ring storage) on the server; Sample rate and retention period are configurable for each reading.

Used tools:

  • A distributed computer system on virtualized VMWare server with Windows 2003 Server
  • Web server
  • Application server
  • miscellaneous OPC server
  • Hardware in the production environment as a web client


  • State of a production line or of whole areas at a glance
  • Generation of codes for tasks
  • Evaluation for workload of lines / downtimes / failures / MTTR / MTBF …
  • Pharmaceutical labeling of lines
  • Optimization of production plants => Efficiency increase
  • Minimization of plant downtimes => Workload increase
  • Analysis of production processes and subsequent comparison through trend management
  • Alarming for violation of limited values
  • Hardware and software centralized in datacenter, no interfaces and gateways
  • Extendable concept (modular system with standardized interfaces)