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1. What is pharmaceutical automization. Write the advantage and disadvantage of
automation in pharmaceutical industry.

• Robotics is a branch of engineering that involves the conception, design, manufacture,
and operation of robots. This field overlaps with electronics, computer science, artificial
intelligence, pharma and bioengineering.

• Robotic process automation (RPA) is more about the software containing a set of
commands that communicate with the digital system which leads to perform or complete
the back – office and repetitive process-oriented task more efficiently than human.

• In Pharma Industry; Robots are proving advantageous in filling, inspection, packaging,
laboratories, and the manufacture of personalized medicine. RPA would be providing a
fast, secure and auditable way for people to execute recurring and consistent processes
such as entering data into statistical databases, checking data quality, monitoring protocol
compliance and submitting data to regulators.


• Decreased Production Costs: A quick return on investment (ROI) outweighs the initial
setup costs. With robots, throughput speeds increase, which directly impacts production.

• Shorter Cycle times: An automated robot has the ability to work at a constant speed
without pausing for breaks, sleep, or vacations, and ultimately has the potential to
produce more in a shorter time thereby increases the efficiency.

• Improved Quality and Reliability: Applications are performed with precision and high
repeatability every time. It ensures the product is manufactured with the same
specifications and process every time.

• Better Floor Space Utilization: By decreasing a footprint of a work area by automating
parts of your production line, you can utilize the floor space for other operations and
make the process flow more efficient.

• Reduced Waste: Robots are so accurate that the amount of raw material used can be
reduced, decreasing costs on waste.

• Attract More Customers: Reduction in schedule and cost attracts customers. Automation
helps provide the highest throughput with least amount of spending.


• Robots need a supply of power. They need power to keep them running, It costs a lot of
money to make or buy the robots, The software and the equipment needed for robot is
also expensive.




• Robots can take the place of many humans in factories, So, the people have to find new
jobs or be retrained, They can take the place of the humans in several situations, If the
robots begin to replace the humans in every field, They will lead to unemployment.

• Robots cost much money in maintenance & repair, The programs need to be updated to
suit the changing requirements, the machines need to be made smarter, In case of
breakdown, the cost of repair may be very high.

• The robots can store large amounts of data but the storage, access, retrieval is not as
effective as the human brain, They can perform the repetitive tasks for a long time but
they do not get better with experience such as the humans do.

• The robots are not able to act any different from what they are programmed to do, With
the heavy application of robots, the humans may become overly dependent on the
machines, losing their mental capacities.

• The robots are not intelligent or sentient, They can never improve the results of their jobs
+outside of their predefined programming, They do not think, They do not have emotions
or conscience, This limits how the robots can help & interact with people.