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NETIX Controls Partner: M/s Smart Building Technologies, India

Project Type: Retrofit
Owner: Alembic Pharmaceuticals
Province/State*: Gujarat
Country*: India
Total IO Points*: 2500+
Completion Date*: September 2019
Vertical Market: Pharmaceuticals

About the customer: (Taken from Wikipedia and Facebook page of Alembic)
The legacy of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited (APL) dates back to over 100 years. Established in
1907 with an objective to develop and revolutionize the Pharmaceutical and Drug industry in the
Indian subcontinent, Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited today is one of the leading pharmaceutical
companies in India. With an emphasis on innovation and technology, the company has established
a state-of-the-art research facility – Alembic Research Centre (ARC)-including formulation
research, and 150-bed bioequivalence facility at Vadodara, Gujarat.

System Controlled/Monitored:

The Products:
NETIX Controls Software, NCCBC56, NCCBX22IN, Sensors

The Story:
List Details Such as: What was the primary theme of the project; consolidation of system or
customisation or ease of operation or ease of installation or adaptability
The scope of works included

 Integration of legacy Sauter Novanet system to Netix Controls platform.

 Supply of
o 21CFR Part 11 Compliant software
o Controllers
o Sensors
 Monitoring and Control of HVAC System
 Soft Integration of ACD
 Soft Integration of AWD-PLC
 Completed system validation:
o Design qualification (DQ)
o Installation qualification (IQ)
o Operational qualification (OQ)
The Challenge:
The project was a legacy Sauter Controls installation and the customer was facing a huge
challenge with regards to getting support from the earlier system installer. Another challenge the
customer was facing is that since the Sauter Controls system installed was on Novanet protocol
which is a closed protocol they were not able to migrate from the Sauter Controls to any other
Our system installer contacted us with this challenge and we proposed the NETIX Controls
Software to be used along with a NOVANET to NETIX custom driver.
Since this was a functioning pharmaceutical plant the customer wanted to ensure that there
would be minimal downtime in the migration of the software from Sauter Controls to NETIX

The Solution:

Keeping the above challenge in mind our system integrator and our technical team started
working on developing a parallel server to the Sauter Controls software without disturbing the
existing software. We developed the custom graphics, alarm management and custom reports for
the customer. Like any custom driver the integration with Novanet to NETIX had its own teething
issues which we resolved one after another.
Once our parallel server was ready, we migrated the system to the NETIX Controls software by
retaining the 95 Nos. controllers of Sauter on Novanet protocol with a very minimal downtime
over a weekend to ensure smooth transition.
The system was successfully handed over after the complete system validation was done which
included Design qualification (DQ), Installation qualification (IQ) and Operational qualification

End User Feedback

Few lines about NETIX Controls system and SBT as a partner
We have done multiple pharmaceutical projects with NETIX Controls – integrated building
management system and the experience gives us the confidence that NETIX Controls has a truly
open platform which is very flexible for customizations and at the same time is very robust with
regards to performance.

Smart Building Technologies has a deep understanding and sensitivity that is needed for critical
pharmaceutical projects, their excellent commissioning skills, commitment towards quality have
impressed us.

Having an experienced engineering system installer like M/s Smart building Technologies, India
with their excellent project management skills and proper know how on the system, supported by
the NETIX Controls technical team ensured that we together exceeded the customers’

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