5th European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management

Pharma in the context of Industry 4.0 - Challenges and opportunities based on a literature review

Roland Wölfle, Irina Saur-Amaral & Leonor Teixeira
Publisher: IEOM Society International
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Track: Graduate Student Paper Competition

This paper aims to explore the main challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry today, as well as the potential opportunities offered by emerging Industry 4.0 technologies that can help address these challenges. To this end, a systematic literature review (SLR) based on a search with the keywords “Pharma” and “Industry 4.0” for identification, selection, and evaluation of the published research in this area, was performed. Thus, following this approach, two main questions were attempted to be answered: (i) “What is the As-Is situation that characterize the   today’s pharmaceutical production”; and, (ii) “How technological perspective presents itself as a possible To-Be situation by the use of I4.0 concepts”. The key contribution of this research lays in the exploration of different obstacles in the current way how pharma is operating and what concepts from Industry 4.0 are in place to overcome them. The conclusion shows that the special situation in pharma due to its strong regulation by external authorities needs special ways of process design.

Industry 4.0, Pharma 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Production; Challenges and opportunities.


Published in: 5th European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Rome, Italy

Publisher: IEOM Society International
Date of Conference: July 26-28, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-7923-9161-3
ISSN/E-ISSN: 2169-8767