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The pharmaceutical industry is one of the few sectors that has not experienced economic losses despite the pandemic. In fact, since that period, it has been an even more key sector, not only for maintaining its production, guaranteeing the continuity of treatments, but also for seeking an effective vaccine against covid-19.

Although the situation faced by the pharmaceutical sector during COVID-19, according to data from Pharmaceutical Technology, meant a five-year acceleration in the digital transformation processes, there are still companies in the sector that have very specific work methodologies. traditional. Many of them have a correct digitization of the business layer (ERP) and the control layer (SCADA). However, most still have a great challenge ahead with the digitization of the operational layer with MES-type software, since many factory operations are managed with paper or tools that are not designed for it, such as Office.

For this reason, the pharmaceutical sector still has to continue advancing in its digital transformation. Being a vital sector, it is very important that it can supply the existing demand, despite possible fluctuations in the market or drastic changes such as the pandemic. Having efficient technological solutions not only allows them to increase their production and reduce costs, but also helps them adapt to the demanding quality requirements and guarantee the end-to-end traceability of their product.

From Geprom | Part of Telefonica Tech, we want to help the pharmaceutical sector address the challenges it faces in its digital transformation.

In this article, we will focus on how a MES System in the pharmaceutical sector helps you to:

  • Increase production
  • Reduce costs
  • Integrate systems and data
  • Maintain traceability throughout the production chain
  • Record deviations and nonconformities
  • Monitor the performance of production lines
Sistema Mes en la industria farmaceutica

Benefits of implementing a MES System in the pharmaceutical sector

Paperless factory:

Through the MES System, the entire collection of data can be digitized, even those data that do not come from a machine and that are entered by a person on a form. The system is capable of storing this data and correlating it with the field that interests us the most, such as a production order or a batch, so that it can be accessed at any time and with the precise information. These functionalities help us to have the data available in real time and reduce possible transcription errors.

Greater security:

Thanks to the MES system, each of the processes, raw materials, products and batches are controlled. That way, any errors are traceable and easy to fix. By having full traceability in real time, we will be able to make decisions quickly and efficiently to minimize costs and damage or losses. In addition, by having exhaustive control, we will be able to adapt production to the quality standards demanded by the industry, without sacrificing the company’s operating rhythm.


One of the most important factors affecting factory productivity is the availability of productive assets. The inclusion of machine alarms or other signals within the MES is a widely used practice to record line stoppages, notify plant operators and control the OEE of the line. It is common to correlate the warnings of failure or deviations in the correct functioning of the assets with the functionality of a CMMS system, to reduce the time between warning-breakdown-repair.

Higher quality:

By having most of the processes automated, regulatory compliance can be ensured at every step of production, reducing human error. This automatically translates into an increase in the quality of the final project, as well as a reduction in costs and waste.

By controlling non-conformities, integrating online inspections and recording the results, the company is able to see the main causes and deviations in real time and anticipate future losses, improving the level of quality and production control.


In short, the pharmaceutical sector is prudently taking small steps towards the digitization and automation of its production processes. However, there is still a long way to go and the implementation of technological solutions such as the MES system will help to improve the sector globally. Increasing the production and quality of the products, as well as offering greater rigor in quality controls, increasing safety and transparency, make it the right and obvious step for pharmaceutical companies.

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