Raleigh’s Research Triangle hosts logistics meeting

March 18, 2014 by  

In early March, a group of control and automation professionals met in Raleigh to learn about upcoming changes to the movement of drugs and foodstuff around the globe and how to handle them.

The first ever ISA Food and Pharmaceuticals Industries Division (FPID) Symposium was held in Triangle Park, an ideal site for the conference since the park is renowned as the home of scientific, research, and high-tech companies.

Movement of such goods requires a complex tracking system, so that medicines and food can be identified if necessary. Pharmaceuticals in particular are labeled with a unique serial number, and that number can be given to others if the particular drug has to be located. The process is known as drug serialization, and it is designed to track drugs through various supply chains.

Conference participants at the two-day meeting learned about the ways automation can help reduce errors, as well as discovering how to use serialization controls to help make it easier to trace and track drugs through various distribution channels. Participants discussed specific methods and technologies, and saw first-hand examples of how they can be used.

Research Triangle Park is making Raleigh a world-famous center of technology and science. City officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for organizations such as the ISA, outlining the benefits of having meetings and other events here.