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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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