Patrick Schuhmacher

Patrick Schuhmacher

Let us introduce: our software department

Automation concept

Let us introduce: our software department

The steadily increasing requirements in terms of freeze-drying processes and documentation are a continually changing challenge for the system control. The system control does not only ensure a faultless interaction of all machine components, it also keeps records of all process data and events, to meet the requirements of the American and European health authorities.

Our control and visualization systems offer our customers a user-friendly and process-oriented operation. They are designed in a way that it is possible, to revert to existing modules, which can be adjusted without any problem to individual and specific customer requirements, especially within the projects

Professional planning

The subsequent software design planning is based on the effective design documents. At the outset of the project, the Design Document SDS (Software Design Specification) is prepared, including all annexes such as FDS (Functional Design Specification), plant alarm list and functional detail planning. During the module planning, we first find out, which existing modules are appropriate to perform the required tasks and how they can be modified if necessary. When required, module development specifications are prepared. The program development consists of adapting existing modules or creating new ones. By means of the module test, individual modules are checked, the results are recorded in the module test protocol. In the installation and integration test, the software will be implemented in the plant and the whole function is tested. The results are recorded in the software integration test plan.

Reliability, safety and service

As the last link in the chain of manufacturing, the software is responsible for control inputs and for the timely operational availability for FAT (factory approval) with the customer. To make this possible, adherence to internal manufacturing deadlines plays a central role. This also applies to the timeframe after delivery to customer-site. Start-up and qualification runs are carried out whose positive completion is essential for the successful acceptance.
At the same time, HOF pursues a continuous development of existing systems, as well as individual new development to optimize specific requirements.
It also includes a routine and accurate implementation of relevant software and hardware updates of the producers.

“Another important range of duty is our 24-hour service. When necessary, it is possible to help you immediately via Remote-PC”

Patrick Schuhmacher, Head of Software Engineering