Jaqueline Vu has extensive oral solid dosage (OSD) project experience with a particular focus on automated OSD plants, including automating material handling systems, gravity flow, closed systems and OEE improvement.
She has broad experience working with feasibility and front-end studies (e.g. for production rationalisation and batch size optimisation), as well as with design, logistics and selection of material handling equipment and assistance to construction.
Jacqueline has a degree in physics from the Université libre de Bruxelles, as well as a master's degree in molecular biology and pharmaceutical engineering. She has worked in international pharmaceutical engineering for more than 20 years in a variety of international projects in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, South Korea and the USA.
Prior to joining NNE, Jacqueline Vu held the position of OSD Process Expert at SNC-Lavalin Pharma. She was responsible for running conceptual design studies for OSD projects including conceptual design for high potent OSD products.
The majority of OSD manufacturers still transport product inside their facilities using forklifts or pallet jacks.
What's your view on the industry?
“ 'Automate or disappear'. It might sound dramatic but it is the reality. The majority of OSD manufacturers still transport product inside their facilities using forklifts or pallet jacks. We have an industry using some of the most technologically sophisticated equipment in the world. Yet, during production, we still move the product around the facility manually. I would say that puts OSD manufacturers some thirty years behind most industries in this respect. In the future, I believe (re)designing plants to allow for internal transport automation should be a clear priority for OSD manufacturers who want something flexible and cost-efficient. Automation of internal transport has to be understood in a broad sense. In this perspective, an automated continuous process should be considered as well."
Why work in this industry?
“Transporting products manually creates many EHS risks (especially when using large loads inside production) and huge losses in downtime. The use of automated systems for handling and transferring products is also a good alternative for high-potency API, mainly to protect production operators. Automating a plant may be a substantial investment, but the benefits easily outweigh the costs, especially in countries where labour cost is high. Our extensive experience enables us to help OSD manufacturers strategically implement automation. During the pre-studies, we need to understand their processes - the way they work and are organised - and to analyse their production programme. In this way, we are able to develop concepts for solutions that can be implemented with phasing, so as to not disrupt production and minimise investment.”
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