PACIV Microsoft License Orientation

PACIV offered all associates Microsoft Licenses that provide various apps that work as support systems for all projects assigned. These different type of business licenses, can support associates with work management and administration, such as Teams Meeting and chatting, complete email management, PowerPoint Presentations, Word Documents, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive storage cloud, calendar scheduling access, and many other options; all vary depending on the license. Microsoft offers Licenses for personal (home) use or business use. The company even helps choose the right plan by completing a quick questionnaire.  Explore more in this link: https://bit.ly/3kvrAnT  Also, Microsoft includes many apps with each license and provides quick guides to better train users...

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PACIV USA: Luncheon Webinar

PACIV USA’s well-being program held its first Health & Wellness Luncheon Webinar to kickstart on the new year. During this session, the Registered Dietitian Sabrina Goshen, dug into nutrition for weight loss! She discussed and explained all the myths and sustainable healthy ways to lose weight. As an initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle, this webinar helped us all better understand the importance of the calories we consume and how can they contribute to weight gain or loss. Goshen mentioned all recognized diets; KETO, PALEO, 10-Day DETOX, Vegetarian, Plant-Based, and some others, however, she emphasized how these different diets are good, but maintaining our body with the correct number of calories is a better way to get to our desired weight. As she mentioned, “restrictions...

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PACIV Virtual Annual Meetings

All three PACIV offices, Puerto Rico, United States, and Ireland, gathered virtually to meet and discuss achievements and progress in the year 2020, and discuss new plans and strategies for this new year 2021.  Among the topics discussed were 2021 Forecasts, Insights, and Objectives. In addition to awards given for perfect attendance and years served, we also introduced more than 10 new associates to the PACIV Family.   PACIV Puerto Rico introduced Karines Nuñez, Juan Alicea, and Bryan Santiago; the USA welcomed Padraig O’ Connor’, Ivette Van Dyke, Prestor Saillant, Jonathon Bruer, Aaron Muller, Lina Zapata, Carlisse Abreu, and Brett Ronczka. Lastly, Ireland introduced Vraj Patel and Theo Baker. PACIV also congratulated Eric Broyer, Theresa Saxhaug, Margaret Olivares...

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PACIV USA: Monthly Live Well Work Well Article 2021

PACIV USA’s new well-being system shares important information related to healthy habits and wellness practices. Read more about, Starting Your Year Off Right, Combating Stress Eating, National Blood Donor Month, Combating Eye Strain from Remote Work, and more. Healthy living is important for all, and these articles provide the information we need to know to maintain ourselves well and safe. Access articles here: https://bit.ly/3bZBeNe

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COVID-19 Updates: What you need to know!

Know about the latest news Prevention Protocols, Vaccination, Data Tracker, and more.  This section will provide brief information about the COVID-19 virus and its progress regarding contagion, safety procedures, new advances, and all-important information that can be beneficial for all our associates.  Even though prevention protocols are the same around the world, governments are taking different actions towards the management of their communities. Depending on your location, LEARN MORE by clicking on the links provided to access the latest news about COVID-19 in your area: Ireland: https://bit.ly/3pfdbNW  Puerto Rico: https://bit.ly/3ptBpV3  USA: https://bit.ly/3cabNbC 

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PACIV USA: Monthly Live Well Work Well Article

PACIV-USA shared important information related to healthy habits and wellness practices. This time, with topics such as How to Prepare for Flu Season, Differences among COVID-19, Flue and a Cold, Hypertension, etc. Healthy living is important for all, and these articles provide the information we need to know to maintain ourselves well and safe. Access articles here: https://bit.ly/3mnZ4EF

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PACIV PR celebrated a Social-Distanced Thanksgiving Dinner for Associates at office.

PACIV PR Associates celebrated a Thanksgiving lunch different this year.  Because this Pandemic has created a New Era for all of us, Juliza Rios, Office Administrator, and Stephanie Lugo, Human Resources Lead, held a social distancing Thanksgiving lunch. Even though all had a chair in between them, to secure the right distance among each other, associates enjoyed some time together with a great traditional Puerto Rican meal, funny stories, laughs, fun, and most importantly, dessert. PACIV understands how difficult this Holiday Season has been, however, we want to make every moment memorable and as joyful as we can. Health comes first, but happiness should always be there. Happy Holidays!

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On this month’s Featured Article: Engineering Angles: Balancing speed and safety

Can you have a regulatory strategy in place to accelerate drug development — without getting slowed down by compliance considerations?… The article titled, “Balancing Speed and Safety”, presents a strategy focused on what is happening today and what is needed. Because COVID-19 has caused the pharma industry, may find themselves improving their response time in the face of unexpected health crises. Click the link to read the article: https://www.pharmamanufacturing.com/articles/2020/engineering-angles-balancing-speed-and-safety/

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PACIV Celebrates a Loving Matrimony

Even though we are going through rough times, Love always wins. An associate from PACIV Ireland celebrates Love and Eternal Union in marriage.  Associate Siddhesh Hangekar, tied the knot with his best friend and now wife. At first, it was difficult considering the social distancing and different safety protocols, however, they finally celebrated their love as it should. Siddhesh shared with us the lovely story: “I could actually write an essay on this topic because we are childhood friends and we’ve known each other since a long time. But still I will try to tell you in short, so first it was an Indian ceremony conducted as per Covid 19 restrictions & guidelines given by government. Our story started when I moved in the same building where she was living. We were in school...

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PACIV Celebrates October: Manufacturing Month

PACIV acknowledges manufacturers creating job opportunities through entrepreneurship and motivating the young to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. The Manufacturing Industry is a constant opportunity creator that brings innovation along with advanced technology. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are continuously changing and improving. ; all functioning because of the knowledge behind it that employees provide. This October, Manufacturing Month, is directed to the young, referring to them as the future. These new manufacturers will be the ones responsible for the development of new ideas and modifying the current systems. It is a month dedicated to motivation and entrepreneurship, where Manufacturing processes who share the same challenges, open their doors...

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PACIV USA: Monthly Live Well Work Well October 2020

PACIV-USA new informative system shared important information related to healthy habits and wellness practices. With topics like The importance of a Safe Hand-Sanitizer, Possibilities of a Twindemic, COVID-19 Scams, National Health Observances, etc. Furthermore, in this month’s newsletter, Combating Pandemic Fatigue is presented as an ‘unintentional phenomenon’, Benefits of Buying Seasonal Produce as best quality products, and Staying Physically Active is a must! Read more about these articles here: https://bit.ly/3eRho5X

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PACIV-Happy Quarantine-O-ween!

PACIV PR celebrated a Halloween gathering with funny and original costumes, and definitely with our masks on. On October 30th, PACIV Puerto Rico had some fun having a small gathering at their office where everyone had to dress in costumes, and most importantly, be original with their ideas. Juliza Rios, Office Administrator, and Rosa Padilla, Accounting Lead, were dressed as kittens, with a mask that had drawn little kitty nose and hairs and even ears. Also, Shaimely Concepcion, Corporate Communication Representative, and Juan Alicea, Automation Engineer, took us back in time with outfits from the ’20s and ’70s. Everyone else had their “Boo” on with a mix and match of characters and themes for the celebration. They all shared some appetizers and lunch together, also took some pictures...

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PACIV Featured Article: “Robots remotely measure patients’ vitals for COVID-19” BY Anne Trafton

Robots can remotely measure patients’ vital signs, which could reduce health care workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus… Because of the Pandemic, social distancing has been a highly recommended practice to lower the risks of contagion of the COVID-19 virus. The most exposed to the virus are the Health Care workers, which must assist all patients in person. However, Researches from different colleges gathered to join their intelligence and help medical employees by creating robots. These robots will remotely measure patients’ vital signs and even provide a tablet with fill-out form of questions about their symptoms. A new technology that takes care of staff and patients at the same time. Click here to read more: https://bit.ly/3bsQOOS

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PACIV Puerto Rico: New Steps into Evolution.

PACIV is working with the with the optimization and advancement of our web page using the latest in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This will be a beneficial step in moving forward with our current needs as well as our future strategic plans.  Since PACIV has a global presence as an international company with offices in Puerto Rico, Indianapolis and Ireland, representatives met to detail the requirements and to configure the specific needs for the optimization.  While many of our CORE services are still the same, each particular territory has developed a niche in other markets as well.  The USA has been successful in the panel business locking in some large orders from existing as well as new clients.  IRL is moving strongly with the Instrument Service Program (ISP)...

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PACIV Jeopardy: It is Time to Play!

PACIV-USA had a lot of fun in their virtual JEOPARDY!® Game Event. Many won and others were not so lucky, but all had a great time. The official Jeopardy Training Game is a virtual event were participants answer questions and enjoy a classical jeopardy game event while maintaining the social distance. The rules were: 1. The first two rounds consist of three to five categories each containing three to five texts, images, or video clues. 2. Responses can be formatted for text input or multiple choice. 3. Players compete for leader board dominance by racking up points in the first two rounds and going big in Final JEOPARDY!®. The Game host was Paul Giroux, and the event took place via Zoom Meetings. The prizes were: 1st Place – $150.00 donation to a charity of choice or optional...

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Live Well, Work Well

PACIV USA is now sharing a monthly newsletter with information related to physical and mental well-being, stress management, maintaining a healthy diet, and more. These articles are given by the office’s Health Insurance provider. The articles contain various topics centering around healthy living that results in working well. For instance, the effects of cleaning your home and the effect it has on boosting your well-being, reducing food waste, healthy recipes.   Topics relating to recent events such as The Coronavirus and the New Normal, Chronic Conditions and COVID 19 and different monthly awareness celebrations are also included.   The communication...

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Resilience: Ability to handle life’s adversities

Puerto Rico Associates, sponsored by our health insurance plan MCS, participated on an online webinar under the title, “Resilience and How to Adapt to Surprising Changes”. Resilience is the ability to cope with a crisis mentally or emotionally or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. It is a psychological state of mind were a person can control any surprising events, and overcome them, no matter how serious it is. Mrs. Karol Pérez Capena, Social Worker at Panamerican Hospital Clinic in Puerto Rico, taught us about the different types of reactions towards stress, and how to manage them to limit their effect on us. It is important to bear in mind that a low level of stress is needed to physically and mentally motivate us to reach our goals. On the other hand, you need to be aware on symptoms...

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PACIV Retirement Plan Enrollment Meeting

PACIV Puerto Rico had an online chat with Empower Retirement, our 401k retirement plan provider.  Empower is now recognized as the second largest retirement provider in the United States of America.  During this meeting, Empower Representative, Leilany Acosta, gave a demonstration of their website and how accessible and user friendly is for everyone. She showed us how to register, and the different features and information it provides for us as plan’s participants.  For example, our investment balance depending your years of service with the company and your individual contribution; were to add or change your beneficiaries and investment calculator to estimate our retirement age, among other things. Also, we had the opportunity to see the impact of postponing your retirement...

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PACIV’s – New Normal

Associates have been working at the Office and on the Sites, taking all safety protocols as they adapt to this “New Normal” phase. As this pandemic continues, we implemented our exposure prevention plan, which included among other things always using PACIV custom masks.  We continue to follow CDC safety protocols at the office or On-site while providing services.  Maintaining social distancing, frequently washing our hands, and keeping everything sanitized and disinfected are some of the day-to-day tasks in our “new normal” days at the office. Also, we have incorporated the Teams meeting more now than ever to comply with social distancing and avoid groupings. Taking into consideration all what is currently happening, PACIV wants to make a difference, and be present...

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It is Time to Relax…/Online Get Together

PACIV Puerto Rico Associates took a moment to relax. YOGA classes and a little laughter were more than enough to a start a calming weekend. One of our associates, Bridget Ballista, was our official YOGA instructor for the day. She made us meditate using different yoga positions, also stretching a bit with other techniques. The best part yet, was when we all saw each other during the exercises. Some people in the group were moving left when they should have been moving right, and vice versa.  It was very funny to see us all, plus the laughs made everyone enjoy the moment more. This YOGA Get Together was needed by all, even though we had a good laugh, we genuinely relaxed and felt ready to move on to our weekend with tranquility. These Get Togethers have been a great way to motivate...

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Welcome Baby Boy!

Chris Sormalis, PACIV USA Business Development Leader, is the proud father of a baby boy. Nicholas Alexander Sormalis, born April 21, 2020 at 9:29 am. 7 pounds 5 oz., 20.5 in long. Considering the pandemic affecting us all, Chris says “it was an interesting time to say the least to welcome a son into the world, but there’s never a bad time for that to happen.” During a quick interview, we also asked Chris “how was the experience once they arrived at hospital”, he said “Once admitted, we both had to wear gloves and masks from that point forward.  For pregnancies, only one visitor could accompany the mother (significant other, midwife, doula, etc.) throughout the process and EVERY staff member was wearing full PPE (gown mask, gloves).  Other questions were… Because of the...

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We are Open for Business-Connected Remotely and In Site

Working for our customers is our priority and because PACIV wants you healthy, we are taking measures to keep our associates safe, while we provide you service. PACIV Associates have been connected and working remotely providing services while keeping themselves safe. We made everything possible so that those reporting to the office follow a strict schedule and take preventive measures to keep themselves safe and healthy. For example, all associates were given a mask, hand sanitizer and instructions on washing your hands as measures to prevent spreading the virus as recommended by the CDC. Also, supplies to maintain the areas disinfected in the office, constant reminder to follow social distancing and keeping everything clean are just a few of the new protocols to follow to take care...

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Online Get Together-Let’s Chat!

PACIV Puerto Rico Associates have been sharing and having virtual meetings full of fun while maintaining social distancing through the Zoom platform. Playing games, chatting, and laughing are just a few of the benefits of getting together in these activities just before we leave for the weekend. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, PACIV associates want to take a moment to release stress and feel calm and happy, at least with these biweekly chats. PACIV Puerto Rico have organized with these themes like Get Together, having fun while sharing laughs and interesting stories that surface as we share a little bit of time together. On April 9th, the online Get Together took place in the ZOOM platform, and it was costume themed. We started with a scavenger hunt with different...

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Time to Break Away

As children, it was ingrained in our little minds that adding is good for us. Every day something new is being thrown at us. What nobody’s going to tell you and what most people don’t know is breaking away is the secret. Take a look at your life now. Are you where you want to be? You can add but adding is not going to take you where you want to go. The adding mindset is so deeply ingrained in our subconscious that many of us can’t seem to break away from it. It’s simple to add things to our lives, but it’s difficult to remove or breakaway. In a physical aspect, for example, you can take a look at your closet or your storage, and you will find a lot of useless items that you haven’t touch for years.  When you find them, often you need to throw them away because they...

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Working for you is our priority…

During this rough times, we know thousands of organizations around the world are implementing extremely rigid and severe norms in order to prevent/contain the spread of the virus, and we take this responsibility seriously. As we work as a community to prepare for the impact of COVID-19, we wanted to share how PACIV is addressing the current situation. The health and safety of our employees, customers, and communities are our primary concern. There are several measures we are taking to ensure we manage to safely get through this fluid situation while continuing to serve our customers, partners, and employees effectively. For our customers, PACIV is maintaining our services operationally – it is business as usual (albeit far from usual circumstances). Our business continuity plan...

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As a Young Entrepreneur…

Being young and being a woman are among my best qualities. At age of 21 and the youngest PACIV’s member till this day, I stand out in perseverance and entrepreneurship. Every experience I gather, develops my knowledge and professionalism, leading me to keep growing like the leader I am.  Even though it has not been easy, it has helped me discover other abilities and skills that sum up to my day – to – day Corporate Communications tasks. As a recent (and proud!) advertising graduate, the opportunity I have to put to work my learned capabilities is my chance to demonstrate in my position what and how I can do all my daily tasks. Even though I have an “under construction” engineering understanding, I keep myself updated as I self-educate on the field. Of course, the advice and fast...

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International Society of Automation – ISA Ireland Awards 2019

PACIV Ireland associates attended the 38th ISA Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony 2019 to acknowledge and encourage excellence for those training for careers in Instrumentation, Controls and Automation. This year the organization presented six awards, five of which have been submitted by Third Level institutions, one industry award and trained Cybersecurity Experts. This annual ceremony commemorates excellence in the industry, and it is also supported by many more recognized sponsors that encourage the recognition of awareness for promoting achievements in related careers and professions.

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We are looking for you! PACIV PR attends Job Fairs

PACIV Puerto Rico Associates, Shaimely Concepción and Jean Paul Pepin,participated and represented the company in the recent Job Fairs that took place at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus. More than 200 undergraduate and graduate students, mostly engineering majors, attended this event. They handed in their resumes with the hope to find a position that can introduce them to the engineering environment and help them gain the experience and hands on practice they need to commence their future as professionals. Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Civil and even Computer Engineering were some of the concentrations studied by the scholars. Shaimely and Jean Paul oriented all the students that visited our booth and share...

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Administration Retreat

PACIV’s Puerto Rico and USA held their administration retreat to meet and discuss lessons learned from last year and synchronize the team expectations into the upcoming year 2020, brainstorming new proposed ideas to serve our associates and clients better. Among the topics discussed were the associate feedback surveys, projects’ progress, new services, associates’ teambuilding, gatherings, and developed the action items to improve personnel development.  All these initiatives aim to make PACIV greater in every aspect. Considering the comments and recommendations given by associates, we will tailor our communication and efforts to improve personnel interaction and understanding. We discussed potential changes to policies and procedures as well as the tutoring/mentoring...

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The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition 2020

Associates heard from an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of keynote addresses and debates. The 2020 National Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition on the 29 – 30 of January of 2019, presented an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who engaged in a stimulating blend of keynote addresses and debates. New approaches and technology were introduced in recent years that have created significant organizational and process improvements. The aim of the conference is to showcase such innovative approaches and to disseminate the cutting-edge research that underpins them. Manufacturing in Ireland has some of the best people, products, brands and innovation....

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PACIV Annual Meetings – 2019 Recap

PACIV associates around the world met to discuss achievements, projects and other progress throughout the 2019 calendar year. All offices discussed industry context, strategic objectives and provide all the associates with the 2019 Year in Review as well as the 2020 Forecast, Insights and Objectives. Additionally, acknowledgments & awards were given to the associates in recognition of their years of service, perfect attendance, as well as recap for all the associate core value nominations for the year. Also, at the Annual Meetings for PACIV PR, USA and Ireland, the new associates were welcomed to the PACIV Family. We celebrated the 5 years of service from Aida Ortiz, Bridgette Ballista, Liz Figueroa and Milagros Deliz.  Also, Julio Vargas and Lester Cordero received...

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PACIV PR @ PIA Annual Meeting

The 2019 Pharmaceutical Industrial Association (PIA) annual meeting is the only event in Puerto Rico focused on pharmaceutical innovation. This year, under the slogan “Faces of Innovation: Advancing the way Science Cares for Patients”, PIA highlighted the role different faces play in search of innovation: from scientists and engineers who work every day to produce new therapies, and patients who enjoy a better quality of life thanks to innovative medicines. During the event the latest trends were presented, both in the United States and in Puerto Rico of bio-pharmaceutical innovation. In addition, it is always the meeting point to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices among members of the industry. Again, this year PACIV exhibited at PIA and offered freshly brew coffee...

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PACIV @ Rockwell Automation Fair 2019

PACIV had sent several associates to attend this year’s Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 held November 20th through the 21st in Chicago.  The Automation Fair provided additional knowledge and skill-building opportunities of the latest Rockwell Automation Technology to all who visited. PACIV Associates pictured from left to right:  Brett Ronczka (PACIV USA – Automation/Validation Engineer I), Ernick Figueroa (PACIV PR – Business Development Leader), Rick Straw (PACIV – President), Taylor Whitaker (PACIV USA – Validation Engineer I), Chris Sormalis (PACIV USA – Business Development Leader), Tim Brant (PACIV USA – Consultant Engineer Associate), Elizabeth Price (PACIV USA – Automation/Validation Engineer I), Eduardo Perez (PACIV USA – Automation Engineer I). Automation Fair® is...

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PACIV PR @ Wonderware – Application Server Training

The Wonderware – Application Server 2017 Training, was taken this past August, from the 27th to the 30th, in “Instalaciones de Incentro S.A. “in San Jose, Costa Rica. Update 2 course is a 4-day, instructor-led class designed to provide an overview of the features and functionality of Application Server. This course provides lectures and hands-on labs to supply and reinforce the knowledge necessary to use these features and functions for plant modeling. The class demonstrates how to use Application Server technology to connect to field devices, process data, run scripts, handle alarms, and historize alarms and events. This course also provides a fundamental understanding of application maintenance, real-time alarm recording, and security settings, and describes how to...

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PACIV IRL Biopharma Process Training at The CETB Biopharma Facility in Cork.

The training provided an overview of bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing processes, including an understanding of the biochemistry, cell growth, harvesting and separation, covering both upstream and downstream processes and clean utilities e.g. PUW, WFI and Clean steam.  It also included conventional biotechnology, latest trends in single use technology and future trends in biotechnology. The training also gave practical exposure to ‘mimic’ the standard biopharmaceutical environment, equipment and activities. They also learned about equipment types relevant to bioprocessing and completed some basic practical exercises in terms of plant equipment.Overall this training provided all PACIV engineers and associates with a good understanding of the biopharma manufacturing process,...

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Have we really embraced the “new” Process Validation?

Since 1987 there has only been one major modification to the FDA’s Process Validation Guidelines, and that was in January 2011. Still viewed as a relatively “new” approach to Process Validation in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biosimilar sectors, the fact is that these guidelines are nearing a decade old (!) and I’m not sure how well they’ve been embraced and implemented in our industry? So, what changed between 1987 and 2011? For most of us across the world we’ve seen a massive shift in how we consumed our entertainment and conducted our everyday living. VCRs, cassette tapes, land lines, libraries, etc. all became antiquated due to the advancement of technology and were quickly dominated by new means of consumption by the masses via the internet, smart phones and TVs, tablets...

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OSHA 30-Hr Construction Safety Training

Recently, some of our PACIV Puerto Rico associates completed the completed the OSHA Construction Safety Training instructed by FC Safety & Health Consulting Group, Inc. in San Juan Puerto Rico. The associates who completed the training were: Maricelys Ayala, Automation/Validation Engineer II; Jose Martinez, Sr. License Electrician; Joshua Valentin and Angel Cruz, both Automation/Validation Engineers I. The OSHA 30-Hour Construction Training is a great method for educating for workers, employers, and supervisors about OSHA safety standards. Likewise, the training included guidelines to recognize, abate, avoid, and prevent safety and health hazards at worksites through record keeping, proper material and machine handling, industrial hygiene, fall protection, and ergonomics. This...

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PACIV @ PIA Leadership & Innovation Summit

PACIV, a PIA Affiliate Member since 2009, was present at the Pharmaceutical Industry Association (PIA) – Leadership & Innovation Summit held recently last June at La Concha Resort in San Juan. The associates who attended the event were Jean Paul Pepin, Engineering Manager and Aida Ortíz, Automation/Validation Engineer II. Under the “A Hero’s Journey” banner, the event focused on motivating current and upcoming industry leader to get actively involved in situations requiring their leadership. The event was joined by Carlos Cobian, José G. Morales known as “Gabichuela” of the Miranda Casañas Foundation, Ana M. Belaval and Graciela Eleta to discuss various perspectives and experiences to make possible innovation projects. Likewise, Esthers Alegría, PhD in Catalyst Excel &...

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PACIV at the 2019 CSIA Executive Conference

Jorge Rodriguez, CEO, Douglas Garrote, Esq., CFO & VP of Administration and Doug Metrish, Operations Manager, recently attended the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. The 2019 Executive Conference, celebrating its 25th anniversary, offered many presentations that address SI company management, adoption of CSIA Best Practices and emerging opportunities. The annual CSIA Executive Conference offers strong educational programming and the partner industry expo and reception where the showcase of latest products and services from industry suppliers, manufacturers and service provider members takes place. At the conference’s Awards Dinner, PACIV was awarded the 2019 Social Responsibility Award by the Control Systems...

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Project Management Professional Course

Recently, seven (7) associates from the PACIV Puerto Rico office participated in the 5-day Project Management Professional Course at the Agile Ratio Institute in San Juan, PR. The program is designed to teach how to effectively learn to manage projects, have better project control and differentiate as team leaders, among others. The course covered the knowledge, tools and techniques to successfully manage any demanding project, teach how every process group and knowledge area work together to benefit project control and team management, and share lessons and advice from the field to help identify and avoid pitfalls as well as to increase leadership. Congratulationss are in order to Maricelys Ayala, Liz Figueroa, Bridget Ballista, Aida Ortiz, Miguel Bustelo, Francisco Castillo, and...

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PACIV at Rockwell Automation TechED

Recently, some of our PACIV USA & Puerto Rico associates attended the Rockwell Automation TechED (June 2-7) in Orlando, FL. The associates who attended the event were Giselle Santana, Automation Engineer I, Joel Rodriguez, Automation/Validation Engineer I, (PACIV PR), Curtis McCoy and Lisbeth Del Valle, both Automation/Validation Engineers I, (PACIV USA). The Rockwell Automation TechED (formerly RSTechED) provides the industry’s only multi-day venue offering unique ways of learning, exploring and discovering techniques for creating innovating, high-performance manufacturing and production applications. Designed for end users, system integrators, distributors, partners and machine builders, Rockwell Automation TechED gives you the chance to work with the latest...

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PACIV Awarded the 2019 CSIA Social Responsibility Award

PACIV was awarded the 2019 Social Responsibility Award by the Control Systems Integrators Association (CSIA). This award recognized the work done by PACIV during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Each year, the CSIA recognizes a member that has achieved extraordinary results in corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs. The Award winner is recognized during the Awards Dinner at their annual Executive Conference. The PACIV Foundation pledged $1M, converting its engineering offices in San Juan to a Command Center, and assigning its staff, volunteers and vehicle fleet towards island recovery efforts. The result of the “Diego’s Relief Project”, called as such in honor of the very first patient, an 8 year old whose life was saved by being transported...

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PACIV @ OSIsoft Users Conference 2019

As an OSIsoft Partner, PACIV recently attended the OSIsoft Users Conference in San Francisco, CA from April 8-12, 2019. Jean Paul Pepin, Engineering Manager and Lester Cordero, Operations Leader both from PACIV-PR represented PACIV. The primary focal point of the conference was educating attendees on the PI System through user and partner presentations, hands-on laboratory trainings, and networking expos and events. Attendees were able to meet PI System experts and share innovative practices around using data to make valuable insights. Conference highlights included networking with fellow OSIsoft partners at the exclusive pre-conference lunch, an off-site networking event at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum, and OSI’s Keynote Speaker Mark Jeffries, expert influencing...

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PACIV Recruits at Jobs Expo Cork

PACIV recently attended the Job Expo Cork at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork, Ireland in order to look for new and vibrant associate engineers to the PACIV team. Our HR/Administrator Lead, Geraldine Nolan and VP of Operations, Denis Gorey, attended the event to support in this effort and provided their experience at PACIV to potential recruits. The PACIV team was able to speak with hundreds of promising future engineers and technology professionals who were interested in our full-time employment and Co-Op opportunities with PACIV. PACIV’s goal in attending these job fairs is to recruit the most qualified candidates to continue providing excellence in our core services of automation to our customers. Job Expos provide professionals a venue to network...

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PACIV at the Ireland Chapter of PMI 2019 National Conference

Recently, PACIV participated in the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2019 National Conference at Fota Island Resort in Cork, Ireland. In this event, PACIV had the opportunity to meet and hear from project management professionals in industries such as oil, business services, manufacturing and information services. Our VP of Operations in PACIV Ireland, Denis Gorey, participated in the event. The conference was an opportunity for project management professionals across IT, public sector, construction, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing to gain insight from leading experts in the industry along with well-known Irish and international figures who are making waves in their respective fields. PACIV’s global leadership in Life Sciences’ industrial automation and...

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PACIV at the Buyers & Suppliers 2019 Summit

Recently, PACIV participated in the Buyers & Suppliers 2019 Summit from the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA). In this event, PACIV had the opportunity to sit down in meetings and showcase their services to potential clients from all business sectors. The Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association is a private, voluntary, non-profit organization established in 1928 with the purpose of uniting all Puerto Rico’s manufacturers and service industries into a strong and effective body in order to further their mutual interests as they relate to the private and public sectors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The associates that participated in the fair were Ernick Figueroa, Business Development Leader and Jaroldi González, Corporate Communications Specialist. This...

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PACIV Recruits at RUM Job Fair

PACIV recently attended the job fair at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (RUM/Colegio) in Mayaguez in order to look for new and vibrant automation engineers to the PACIV team. Our HR Lead, Erika Ariza and Engineer Manager, Jean Paul Pepin, attended the event to support in this effort and provided their experience at PACIV to potential recruits. The PACIV team was able to speak with hundreds of promising young future engineers and technology professionals who were interested in Internships, Co-Op programs, and full-time employment with PACIV. PACIV’s goal in attending these job fairs is to recruit the most qualified candidates to continue providing excellence in our core services of automation to our customers. Job Fairs provide students a venue to network with...

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PACIV celebrates National Engineers Week

Engineers are a cornerstone of our business. PACIV is proud to celebrate the many engineers across our team – especially during National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23. The work our engineers carry out each day is vital to making life better for the customers and communities we’re privileged to serve. National Engineers Week is held annually in the same week as President George Washington’s birthday, since Washington is considered by many to be the nation’s first engineer due to his surveying work. National Engineers Week encourages public dialogue about the need for engineers and bringing practical applications to life for children, educators and parents. The event has been celebrated in the United States since its creation in 1951 to highlight the important contributions engineers...

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PACIV @ Rockwell Automation TechED

Recently, our PACIV Ireland associate Padraig O’Connor, Automation Engineer I, attended the Rockwell Automation TechED EMEA 2018 three-day training event in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The event delivered an opportunity for Padraig to learn how to tackle day-to-day challenges, about the latest Rockwell Automation products and technology solutions available in a classroom environment and gain an in-depth understanding of how the Integrated Architecture® system works. The Rockwell Automation TechED event provides an opportunity to get a hands-on experience of Rockwell Automation solutions from beginner-level overviews to in-depth, advanced hands-on labs all while networking with peers throughout the industry. Learn more about our Services here. Did you find this article...

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PACIV at Rockwell Automation PSUG

Recently, PACIV had the opportunity to represent four different office regions at the Rockwell Automation Fair held in Philadelphia, PA. Representatives from our New England, Great Lakes, Midwest, and Caribbean offices all came together to participate in the Rockwell Process Solutions Users Group (PSUG) and both Technical and Informational sessions throughout the Fair. The evenings were highlighted by Networking Events hosted by local distributors from Indianapolis and Puerto Rico which brought both clients and System Integrators together to discuss the latest industry trends and ongoing and future projects. Moreover, PACIV gained more insight on how our participation as a Rockwell Partner Network™ member can help optimize services for our clients’ processes and equipment. PACIV...

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PACIV @ Purdue University’s Career Fair 2018

Recently, PACIV USA participated in the Purdue Industrial Roundtable Career Fair at Purdue University’s campus in West Lafayette, IN. Over two days the PACIV team was able to speak with hundreds of promising young future engineers and technology professionals who were interested in Internships, Co-Op programs, and full-time employment with PACIV. Doug Metrish, Operations Manager, Chris Sormalis, Business Development Manager, Ben Kahn, Automation/Validation Engineer II, Margaret Olivares and David Lugo, both Consultant Automation/Validation Engineers, supported this effort and provided their experience at PACIV to potential recruits. Besides speaking with the students, a potential partnership with the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Biomedical Engineering programs...

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PACIV @ Wonderware TechDay

Recently, PACIV Ireland participated in the Wonderware TechDay at the Fota Island Resort Hotel, Cork. In this event, PACIV had the opportunity to participate in deep-dives, demos, workshops exploring the latest SCADA, Cloud and Cyber Security Solutions and experience the technologies that are shaping the connected ‘factory of the future’ and see how they can deliver increased operational efficiency within the industrial environment. The associated that participated in the event was Brendan L. Hyland, Business Development Manager/Director at PACIV Ireland. This event provided a platform for leading industry partners to discuss how to manage and secure legacy systems within an ‘industry 4.0’ landscape. PACIV’s global leadership in Life Sciences’ industrial automation and regulatory...

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PACIV at PIA’s 2018 Annual Meeting

PACIV, a PIA Affiliate Member since 2009, was present at the Pharmaceutical Industry Association (PIA) – Annual Meeting held November 1, 2018 at La Concha Hotel in San Juan. Under the motto “Innovation Takes Action”, PIA’s annual meeting this year was about discussing the latest trends, both in the United States and Puerto Rico, and highlighted the challenges and opportunities of pharma innovation. Furthermore, the event has become the meeting point that promotes the exchange of ideas and best practices among event participants. PACIV is proud of being a PIA Affiliate Member, representing our leading role as an automation supplier to the industry and our participation in PIA’s many relevant initiatives undertaken to continue increasing the global competitiveness of our industry...

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A Message from Our President on Hurricane Maria’s 1st Anniversary

One year ago, at 6:15 a.m., Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico. It has been a challenging year, but also it has been an amazing year. PACIV Foundation Diego’s Relief Project Infograhic On the one (1) year anniversary of Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico, I am so proud of the work that our PACIV associates have done to rebuild things personally and professionally, the work completed on Diego’s Project under the PACIV Foundation, and the tenacity and hard-work of our clients and the people in the Commonwealth. Here is a look back at the work the PACIV Foundation performed (infographic to the right) and two articles about the aftermath and the road ahead for the Pharma industry in Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Pharma: Battered but Unbroken and Think...

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PACIV’s Panel Shop Expansion to Siemens Platform

For nearly a decade, our UL508A approved Panel Shop located in Indianapolis, IN has been fabricating a variety of Main Control, Extended I/O, and Relay panels for a diverse customer base. Our traditional hardware and software platforms have primarily been Rockwell and DeltaV, driven by our U.S.-based pharma and water/wastewater clients, but our recent embarkment into the Food & Beverage sector has challenged us to diverge from “the norm”. Our UL508A Control Panel Shop in Indianapolis, IN. Complementing what we have seen in some industry trends for pharma and medical device, F&B companies also heavily utilize ABB, GE, and Siemens controls systems for many of their internationally based manufacturing facilities. If we wanted to gain a new customer base and expand our current...

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PACIV at the Buyers & Suppliers 2018 Summit

Recently, PACIV participated in the Buyers & Suppliers 2018 Summit from the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA). In this event, PACIV had the opportunity to sit down in meetings and showcase their services to potential clients from all business sectors. The Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association is a private, voluntary, non-profit organization established in 1928 with the purpose of uniting all Puerto Rico’s manufacturers and service industries into a strong and effective body in order to further their mutual interests as they relate to the private and public sectors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The associates that participated in the fairs were Ernick Figueroa, Business Development Leader and Jaroldi González, Communications Representative II. This...

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PACIV at the Corriente Verde Environmental Magazine Fair

Recently, PACIV participated in the Corriente Verde Environmental Magazine Fair. In this event, PACIV had the opportunity to visit and showcase their services to Medtronic and Edwards Lifesciences plants in Puerto Rico. The Corriente Verde Environmental Magazine Fair is a business tour where companies share their services and other information at the premises of the companies such as Medtronic and Edwards Lifesciences. The associates that participated in the fairs were Ernick Figueroa, Business Development Leader, Jaroldi González, Communications Representative II and Rick Straw, PACIV’s President.  This expo provided an unequaled opportunity to meet with prospective clients from all aspects of the control system integration and automation industry and obtaining...

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PACIV at Data Integrity in Packaging Operations Workshop

Recently, Jorge Rodríguez, PACIV’s CEO, presented the “Data Integrity in Packaging Operations Workshop” hosted by the Institute of Packaging Professionals Puerto Rico Chapter at San Juan, Puerto Rico. The presentation discussed how Data Integrity compliance is captured within existing FDA Predicate Rules, how CFR 211.68 (“appropriate controls”) and 21 CFR Part 11 (“Scope & Application”) addressed approximately 95% of the Data Integrity requirements and the more cited topic within the “Data Integrity” related Warning Letters and 483’s is the Computer System Validation predicate rule, 211.68. Also discussed were other regulatory agencies stance and advocacy groups like MHRA, PICs, and WHO, regarding Data Integrity (DI) and data compliance for regulated environments....

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PACIV at the 16th PIA Regulatory Conference

PACIV, a PIA Affiliate Member since 2009, was present at the 16th Pharmaceutical Industry Association (PIA) – Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory Conference held June 21, 2018 at the Sheraton Convention Center in San Juan. Undet the “Innovation for Transformation Leading the Path” slogan, the conference was attended by officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a program focused on quality metrics, data integrity and risk, control strategies and manufacturing. The event allowed members of the biopharmaceutical and medical devices industries to engage in conferences on good compliance practices and regulations which lead to quality products for consumers and patients around the world. PACIV is proud of being a PIA Affiliate Member, representing...

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Reduce Your Project’s Delivery Time and Cost with PACIV’s Innovative ISP Service

PACIV has been providing its innovative ISP (Instrumentation Service Provider) Service for several years to a wide range of life science companies and the feedback and results have been impressive. In a nutshell, PACIV’s ISP service takes the hassle and risk involved in procuring and delivering instruments to site away from the project management team by managing this process for them. As project schedules get shorter and shorter due to increased pressure to deliver new pharmaceutical products to international markets quicker, many companies are looking for proven, innovative solutions to help make this happen. PACIV’s ISP service is such a solution. Several multinational life science companies have benefitted from PACIV’s ISP service since we began offering the service over 8 years...

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PACIV at ISPE’s ‘Productivity & Innovation in Advanced Pharma Manufacturing’ Conference

Great speakers and insight into the latest trends and technologies in the global pharmaceutical industry. PACIV recently attended the ISPE (International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering) ‘Productivity & Innovation in Advanced Pharma Manufacturing’ Conference at The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork, Ireland with the representation of Brendan Hyland, Business Development Manager and Geraldine Nolan, HR/Administrator Lead (PACIV – Ireland). The conference offered great business development and networking opportunities with our partners in the field. The event is also a great way to gain insight into the latest trends and technologies in the global pharmaceutical industry. Presentations and key note speaker themes included: Practical Implementation...

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PACIV at the Corriente Verde Environmental Magazine Fair

Recently, PACIV participated in the Corriente Verde Environmental Magazine Fair. In this event, PACIV had the opportunity to visit and showcase their services to Haemonetics, Stryker and Coopevision plants in Puerto Rico. The Corriente Verde Environmental Magazine Fair is a business tour where companies share their services and other information at the premises of the companies such as Haemonetics, Stryker and Coopevision. The associates that participated in the event were Suliman Rodriguez, Sr. Automation Engineer, and Jaroldi González, Communications Representative II. This expo provided an unequalled opportunity to meet with prospective clients from all aspects of the control system integration and automation industry and obtaining business leads. PACIV’s global leadership...

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PACIV at the 2018 CSIA Executive Conference

Rick Straw, President, and Jorge L. Rodríguez, CEO, recently attended the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference in San Francisco, CA. At the conference, our CEO Jorge Rodríguez participated as panelist in the “A Tale of Two Hurricanes and an Earthquake” presentation. He shared the experiences and lessons learned regarding “Disaster & Recovery” and “Business Continuity” after going through Hurricane Maria in PACIV’s offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PACIV has been a member of CSIA for over 10 years. There are 500 integrators from around the world that attend the conference to benchmark best practices, discuss challenges facing our businesses and for suppliers to present new equipment and hardware. Themed “Growth...

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ISA Ireland Conference: Cybersecurity for Automation

Brendan Hyland, Business Development Manager, and Denis Gorey, Vice President Operations at PACIV-Ireland attended the ISA Cybersecurity Conference at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. The conference focused on Industrial Cyber Security and preventing/mitigating the damage that a cyber-attack will have on Automation Systems – across e.g. Manufacturing, Critical Utilities, Healthcare and Transportation sectors. International experts, from leading Control Systems Manufacturers, presented practical solutions to increasing Cyber Security difficulties – so systems and infrastructure can be better protected. Additionally, the conference highlighted how to identify cyber threats, mitigate risks & limit exposure of control systems and networks, introduced proven industrial...

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FDA’s Data Integrity (2016), Part 11 (1997) and “Appropriate Controls” (1978) – are we back to the future?

Over 25 years ago, as an Automation Engineer, I was responsible for process automation systems (DCS and PLC’s) at a pharmaceutical company. The company happened to be the very first one to get an FDA “Warning Letter” on “computerized systems”. Computerized systems within the industry were regulated at that time solely by 21 CFR 211.68. In 2015 and 2016, approximately 80 percent of all warning letters include a “data integrity” component. The leading observation within that 80% continues to be based on 21 CFR 211.68, a 40-year-old ruling. At the time we received the “Warning Letter”, a task-force of Automation Engineers was formed to understand the FDA’s 211.68 ruling (1978). We found the 1983 “Guide To Inspection of Computerized Systems in Drug Processing” used by FDA Inspectors to be...

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PACIV at PIA’s 2017 Annual Meeting

PACIV, a PIA Affiliate Member since 2009, was present at the Pharmaceutical Industry Association (PIA) – Annual Meeting held February 22, 2018 at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan. Under the motto “Growing Our Future – Seeds of Innovation”, PIA’s annual meeting this year was about the challenges and opportunities our industry faced after last year’s hurricanes and as we move towards a new business environment. The event also discussed how to build a robust and resilient energy system, what sustainable healthcare reform for Puerto Rico looks like, as well as emphasizing the importance and contribution of the bio-pharmaceutical industry to the overall economy of Puerto Rico. PACIV is proud of being a PIA Affiliate Member, representing our leading role...

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DeltaV Certification Course in PACIV USA

Recently, our PACIV Puerto Rico Engineering Leader, Jean Paul Pepin, traveled to the USA office and led a week-long DeltaV workshop for some of our USA and Ireland associates. (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: PACIV associates Eric Broyer, Allison Beddow, Jonah Pettet, Jacob Dispennett, Vito Maglio, Ben Kahn, Jean Paul Pepin and Michelle Vander Missen.) The course allows our associates to sufficiently define system capabilities, define nodes, configure continuous and sequential control strategies, create process alarms, operate the system, troubleshoot the system and modify operator displays. PACIV utilizes a virtual DeltaV™ system to practice and review course materials. The course also touched on the DeltaV™ Batch application;  it is planned...

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OSIsoft University Training Certificate of Completion

Brendan Hyland, Business Development Manager at PACIV Ireland, recently accomplished the Certificate of Completion of the Partner – Product Learning of OSIsoft University training. In this Partner Bootcamp, Brendan had the opportunity to learn the basic technologies of OSIsoft. This course is an accelerated course bundle conceived specially for partners. The material was delivered at a rigorous pace, but with ample time to develop skills. Brendan was exposed to the working of the PI System and Applications, Architecture and Analytics from a wide range of perspectives: implementation, administration, end user, and integration. The primary goal of this course is to the provide a solid grounding in the OSIsoft technologies to bring maximum value to our customers. At PACIV,...

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2017 PACIV Annual Meetings

Recently, PACIV held its 2017 Annual Meeting in all its offices to discuss industry context, strategic objectives and provide all the associates with the 2017 Year in Review as well as the 2018 Forecast, Insights and Objectives. (TOP PICTURE CLOCKWISE: Associates from PACIV Puerto Rico, PACIV Ireland and PACIV USA.) Additionally, acknowledgments & awards were given to the associates in recognition of their years of service as well as Perfect Attendance for the year. Our Rhode Island team. At this year PACIV Ireland Annual Meeting, the new associates were welcomed into the PACIV family. The PACIV Ireland office has seen enormous growth the past year and the meeting helped associates come together and learn more about the company. At the PACIV USA Annual Meeting, the Perfect...

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ISA Ireland Honors & Awards at University College Cork (UCC)

Brendan Hyland, Business Development Manager/Director at PACIV Ireland, recently attended the ISA (International Society of Automation) Honors & Awards Ceremony at University College Cork (UCC). (TOP PICTURE: Brendan Hyland and John Murphy, ISA Ireland President.) ISA holds this annual ceremony to acknowledge and encourage excellence for those training for careers in Instrumentation, Systems and Automation. This program provides an opportunity for ISA to recognize outstanding individuals for the contributions they have made to the Society and the automation industry. PACIV as an ISA Ireland Section Partner, continues providing ongoing support and we are delighted to be a sponsor and represent at these activities that clearly show the industry’s awareness and support...

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PACIV Baseball Family Day

Recently the PACIV Puerto Rico office sponsored the local baseball team “Los Cangrejeros de Santurce” and gained access to the Baseball League Season games. The associates were able to attend and enjoy the games throughout the season with their family and friends. (TOP PICTURE: View of the Hiram Bithorn Stadium from the luxury booth the PACIV associates enjoyed the games.) More over and as part of our sponsorship for the team “Los Cangrejeros de Santurce”, PACIV was invited for a Family Baseball Day. At the Family Baseball Day, the associates and their families watched the game from one of the luxury boxes and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The associates also enjoyed a visit from the Cangrejeros team President, Justo Moreno, who interacted with the associates,...

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Luis García & Amilcar Canales Completed Assignment at Indianapolis

PACIV Puerto Rico associates Luis García and Amilcar Canales, both Validation Engineers I, recently relocated to Indianapolis for eight (8) weeks and successfully assisted in a large Waste Water Treatment Facility Project and Lilly’s Global Serialization Program respectively. As members of the Automation and Quality team, Luis and Amilcar supported automation activities for the startup of a two-pump wastewater lift station and the development of Serialization Program cases. In addition to supporting our client needs and enhancing their professional careers, the trip was also a wonderful adventure. They were able to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and see around the Indiana area. (TO THE RIGHT: Amilcar Canales and Luis García at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

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Joshua Gomez Completed Assignment at Ireland

PACIV Puerto Rico associate Joshua Gomez, Automation/Validation Engineer I, recently successfully completed his eight (8) weeks relocation assignment at PACIV Ireland. Joshua joined the PACIV Ireland Instrument Service Provider (ISP) team, and his duties included Inspection, Tagging, Shipping and Vendor Turn-Over Packages (VTOPs) development for Lilly Instruments received on site. (TOP PICTURE: Joshua visiting the Cliffs of Moher. TO THE LEFT: Joshua visiting the Giant’s Causeway.) In addition to supporting our client needs and enhancing his professional career, the trip was also a great adventure. Joshua was able to visit the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland and Giant’s Causeway, in Northern Ireland. PACIV can relocate resources across offices to provide support...

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New Computer System Validation Project @ PACIV Ireland

Recently, PACIV Ireland won a computer system validation project with a large multinational life science company in the Cork area. The project involves the provision of validation remediation support to assist with the successful completion of a large automation project implemented at a biopharmaceutical manufacturing site. The duties will include a range of critical computer system validation related functions such as reviewing operational and computer maintenance SOP documents, preparing system risk assessments and a validation plan, generating OQ documents, SATs and generating RA reports. At PACIV, we ensure with documented evidence, that our automation systems are delivered and implemented meeting their functional intent and that your requirements and approved design are aligned...

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Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants Completed Projects Highlights

Recently, PACIV USA completed various Water Treatment Plants & Wastewater Treatment Plants (WTP/WWTP) projects throughout Central Indiana. Some of the work performed included replacing Bailey and Citect SCADA system with FactoryTalk View SE SCADA system, built over 100 Rockwell control and instrumentation control panels, implement ControlLogix upgrade to the Low-Pressure Pump System, built control panels, program centrifuges and update peripheral plant SCADA graphics, among others. The locations of the work completed were Southport, Belmont, Rushville, Westfield, Lafayette and Rising Sun in Indiana. At PACIV, we provide long-term automation solutions for industrial and municipal water utilities. Our control system and instrumentation solutions are designed to deliver...

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We Are Pleased to Announce the Launch of Our Brand-New Website

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our newly revamped website! The design of the new website and the structure of information improves its overview and usability. The new design and colors now reflect the general PACIV image, makes it easier to navigate and is more user-friendly. We wanted to give our clients the opportunity to know us better, who we are as a company and the leadership team behind our business. By browsing through our About Us and Our Leadership Team sections, you’ll get a pretty good idea of who we are and what we do. In the Accreditations & Memberships section, you’ll see what other are saying about us, our awards and partners. You’ll find our new site is divided into six main sections: Services, Industries, Platforms, Careers, Clients and About Us....

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A Welcome Message from Our President

On behalf of all of us at PACIV, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to our new website and thank you for your interest. For over 20 years, we have supported our customers with services that position them for success. Our website is one of many tools we use to convey our capabilities, as well as, our passion to make your success possible. This week I attended the Rockwell Process Solutions User Group and the first day of the Automation Fair in Houston. It was a great show and my first as President of PACIV. I’m so excited to continue the collaboration between all our PACIV offices and have a lot of Pride in what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last 20 years. It is so exciting to experience us getting bigger and bigger opportunities as a company because of...

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Partnering for Competitiveness

As part of PACIV’s diversification strategy and alignment with the industry needs, we have recently launched a new innovative business model: PACIV Outsourcing Services. PACIV becomes your internal department for Automation, C&Q/CSV, and/or Instrumentation day-to-day services within your operations. PACIV’s Outsourcing Services is a Performance Driven (KPI’s) service focused to increase the efficiency of such services while you strengthen the focus on your core business initiatives. In addition, you can address intermittent high volume requirements and fast response to schedule changes by having flexibility in staffing and use of resources on “variable work” as needed. PACIV’s significant presence within the industry allows our resources and organization to constantly be exposed...

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Innovation – At the Core of Who We Are

The Pharmaceutical industry contribution to Puerto Rico has been quantified mostly on economic terms such as Jobs, Taxes, Annual CapEx and GDP participation. However, at the core of those contributions is an intrinsic and fundamental enabler: INNOVATION. Biopharmaceuticals are considered one of the most innovative industries in the world not only because of their evolution into Biotechnology but also because of the ability to develop medicines that have enable human society to live a longer, healthier and higher quality of life. Biopharmaceutical innovation has prevented almost 900,000 HIV/AIDS deaths, since 1990 cancer death rates have decline 23%, over the last decade alone death from heart diseases have declined about 38%, and Hepatitis C has now a 94-100% cured. Since 2000...

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PACIV @ ISA Tech Talk – Ireland Section

Jorge Rodríguez, PACIV’s CEO, recently presented the ISA Ireland Tech Talk “Data Integrity: A Practical Approach to Assessment and Remediation” at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, Ireland. (TOP PICTURE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Billy Walsh, ISA Ireland Secretary, Jorge Rodriguez, PACIV CEO, John Murphy, ISA Ireland President, and Brendan Hyland, Business Development Manager/Director at PACIV Ireland.) Jorge Rodriguez presenting the ISA Ireland Tech Talk “Data Integrity: A Practical Approach to Assessment and Remediation”. The presentation discussed how a practical approach to data integrity assessment and remediation may be undertaken within the Bio-pharmaceutical Industry. Jorge presented a historical look at the regulations and gave a perspective on the progression over time of the...

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Live Well,Work Well and Financial Wellness

Psychological Resiliency, Vision Protection, Spring Cleaning, Safety Matters, and Scam Protections are part of the topics discussed in this month Health and Financial Wellness newsletters. All the topics presented in the articles start by explaining how “psychological resilience refers to the ability to mentally withstand or adapt to uncertainty and adversity”. Also, that psychological resilience can help positively stabilize mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This month we point out how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, practice self-care, maintain an optimistic outlook and review your employee benefits.  Also, it showed practical ways to protect your vision by getting a regular exam, wearing protective eyewear, putting your shades on, stopping smoking, and giving your...

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference

PACIV Ireland attended the manufacturing event at RSD Simmons court, Dublin. It was an excellent opportunity to interact, network, and represent PACIV. The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition ran over two days at RDS Simmons court, Ballsbridge, Dublin during May 25th & 26th, 2022. Business Developer Brendan Hyland attended the event and shared with us some details:  “The conference was of interest to senior management, established practicing engineers and researchers, together with those that are much earlier in their careers. Delegates have registered from leading food, pharmaceutical, medical, chemical, electronics, and engineering manufacturing sectors. Manufacturers small and large from across the country gathered to challenge political...

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CASA Marketing Event

Communications Associate, Shaimely Concepción, participated in one of the most important marketing and promotional items events in Puerto Rico. Networking and interacting with suppliers were the main objective and look at all the new promotional items available. The marketing event took place at the Double Tree Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico. Here Communications, Marketing, Advertisement, Human Resources leaders, and even Presidents and CEOs from recognized companies’, met with their main suppliers to have a first look at new products present in 4 different showrooms. They had booths of bag makers, technological gadgets, banners, flags, everything elastic, tumblers, gift boxes, office supplies, uniforms, shirts, table covers, jackets, and so much more!  During the event,...

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Live Well, Work Well and Financial Wellness

Financial, Physical, and Mental Health are all equally important. Here you will find information about Scam Protection, Seasonal Allergies, The Importance of Walking, and Mediterranean Recipes… Learn about how springtime allergies affect more than 50 million people every year. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the USA, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.  Did you know what’s the best diet? The Mediterranean diet topped the U.S. News and World Report’s best diet list for the fifth year in a row. One, if not, the best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best heart-healthy diet, best plant-based diet and best diet for diabetes. Another topic mentioned is how just 10 more minutes of activeness a day...

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PACIV Get Together at Toro Verde Puerto Rico

PACIV Associates enjoyed their time at an adventure Get Together. It was one to remember! Puerto Rico associates had a day to remember when enjoying obstacle activities, zipline adventures, criollo food appetizers and cocktail style drinks at Toro Verde Urban Park located in Distrito T-Mobile. Here, they all geared up and started with three different ziplines between 150 – 400 feetlong (45.75 to 122mts), starting from launch tower at 90 feet (27.45 mts) of height.  The nervousness started while gearing up. It got more interesting while climbing the stairway outside the building to reach the peak of the zipline. Once at the top, hooking up to the zipline meant there was no way back. You had to set aside any nervousness and enjoy the ride. Nobody had previous experience, but in...

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PACIV Live Well, Work Well 1st Quarter 2022 Newsletter

Your health and safety are our priority! Read about How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions, Health Benefits of Being Organized, National Health Observances, Recipes, and more! This new year 2022, Live Well, Work Well program started off with its 1st Quarter Newsletter with the main topic being “Understanding the Flu Season and COVID-19”. Different articles such as Cautiousness in Drug Overdosing, Effects of Daily Aspirin, National Health Observances, Reducing Alcohol Intake, Mental Health, Recipes, and more. Access Live Well Work Well Quarterly Newsletter Q1 here: https://paciv.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Live-Well-Work-Well-Quarterly-Newsletter_Q1-2022.pdf Also, take a look at the Live Well Work Well – January 2022 here: https://paciv.com/wp-co...

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PACIV’s Virtual Annual Meetings 2021-2022

PACIV’s Annual Meetings took place virtually again this year to discuss all new company updates, upcoming projects, and the company future in all three locations.  Because of the global increase of COVID-19 cases, Puerto Rico and the USA had their meeting completely virtual, while the Ireland office held their meeting Hybrid; some were present at the office, others participated by accessing the Teams Meeting link.  The meetings opened with important highlights from 2021, associates’ recognitions, sales goals achieved, Pandemic positive pharmaceutical industry outcome and further developments, and PACIV global positioning.  The administration also shared technology updates where new app and software integrations were presented as new projects for this new year. Revenue’s...

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PACIV PUERTO RICO – Wellness Running Club

Associates continue to enhance their healthy habits by participating in the wellness walking/running club where all can meet and enjoyed great scenery while they walk or run. It is also a great time to enjoy different conversations after hours while we enjoy time together, during and after the race. The first meeting was on November 11, 2021, after work in the Condado lagoon area. Associates from Puerto Rico met at the PACIV office at 5:30 pm and walked/ran from Miramar to the nearby Condado walking part of Ashford Avenue, part of the tourist section. Some walked, others decided to run, but everyone enjoyed a well-deserved get-together at the Nacho Libre Restaurant. Here associates enjoyed tacos, nachos, churros, and specialty house drinks. The best part was having fun and enjoying some...

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PACIV USA – INTERPHEX Conference

Our USA office participated in the International Pharmaceutical Expo (INTERPHEX) dedicated to pharmaceutical and biotechnology. International Pharmaceutical Expo (INTERPHEX), the premier event dedicated to pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovation, technology, and knowledge, took place on October 12-21,2021 at the Javits Center in New York. This year our Tania Ramos, Consultant Validation Engineer visited the exhibitor showroom and took part in the enhanced networking opportunities. This event sponsored by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), brought over 10,000 global industry professionals and 625+ industry-leading suppliers together through a unique combination of exhibits, demonstrations, partnering opportunities, networking, and technical conference to leverage quality,...

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PACIV USA – Rockwell Automation Fair 2021

PACIV Associates participated in the In-Person Rockwell Automation Fair at Houston, TX, this year, where they saw all new technology and manufacturing work. On November 10th and 11th, three members of our PACIV-USA team, Catherine, Rick, and Austin, traveled to Houston, TX., and attended the annual Rockwell Automation Fair 2021. This was the first time that Catherine and Austin participated in this event, which taught them everything RA offers.  They participated in the ‘Hands-On Lab’ over Factorytalk Batch v14 Application Development. Their experience also includes a few forums with topics over control loop PID tuning and the decarbonization of future/emerging energy technologies. This lab was an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the leaders in these industries. In...

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PACIV Live Well Work Well – Q4 October Newsletter

FDA Fully Approved Vaccines, Frozen Ingredients Recall, U.S. Life Expectancy, Fall Outdoor Activities, and more… In this newsletter, you will find a summary of how the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine process.  It’s the first full approval of any coronavirus vaccine in the United States. This process may encourage more vaccination, even globally. In other topics, pandemic and drug overdoses drive U.S Life expectancy down 1.5 years. Life expectations in the United States dropped from 78.8 years to 77.3 years; this decline is the most significant. Also, this newsletter covers the celebration of Cord Blood & Psoriasis Awareness Month, fun activities to do in the Fall, and new recipes. Access the Live Well Work Well October 2021 here: https://paciv.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Live-Well-Work-Well-Newsletter-October-2021.pdf...

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PACIV PUERTO RICO: Susan G. Komen: Race for The Cure

Puerto Rico Associates demonstrated their support by doing a 5K race to raise awareness for breast cancer fighters.  The Susan G. Komen 5K Race for The Cure is a fundraiser where you can race or walk to show your support in funding life-saving research, treatment, education, and community health programs. Their mission is to “save lives by meeting most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.” To this day, Susan G. Komen has invested nearly 1.1 billion in breast cancer research since 1982, united with 30 million breast cancer communities, gave 220 thousand financial assistance and support, and mobilized 100 thousand to advocate patient’s rights.  PACIV associates met on Sunday, October 10th at 9:00 am to start their...

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