Poland’s NEUCA Group is the largest wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals in our country.
Blulog + NEUCA
In 2015, the company began working with Polish-French technology company Blulog, a developer of IoT solutions, which performed the first test installation in Gądki in the same year.
Our main goal was to provide continuous environmental measurements at each stage and at each product storage location, which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere. Sensor data goes into a system created in a cloud computing environment, allowing temperature and humidity to be constantly viewed from a computer, tablet or smartphone.
When the parameters begin to deviate from the norm, all those responsible for the area are immediately informed via SMS and e-mail reminders. Using this solution not only allows us to react much faster to incidents, to catch malfunctioning cooling equipment, but also to anticipate an impending failure earlier.
It’s also a significant work improvement, as records are automatically collected in digital form and stored in one place. Therefore, the company has the ability to more easily view the data or report later, as well as eliminate human error, such as incorrect readings – sums up Mariusz Piątkiewicz, CEO at Coldpol, a distributor of Blulog solutions for Neuca.
As NEUCA’s expert points out, it was also important in the selection of the supplier to ensure ongoing maintenance of the system, including continuity of sensor calibration, and to provide a solution that meets qualification and validation criteria. In the course of ongoing cooperation, the selected supplier is subject to evaluation, as part of a quality audit, which of course involves meeting a number of requirements related to Good Distribution Practice – DPD and implementing a number of procedures.
Today, Blulog’s RF sensors are used in all of NEUCA’s pharmaceutical wholesalers and loading bays – securing round-the-clock monitoring in the cold chain (refrigerators, coolers, freezers) and in the warm chain (all storage rooms). In total, that’s more than 1,500 critical temperature measurement points ranging from -85 to +25 degrees Celsius.
RF-based parameter sensors are often used in the pharmaceutical sector primarily because of their easy installation and scalability. Their installation does not require interference with existing installations in the plant or monitored room.
The sensors have their own power supply and provide a high level of transmission security through the use of RF and can be installed in rooms with restricted access. Of course, they are compliant with pharmaceutical monitoring regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Distribution Practices.
It is worth noting that our sensors are so versatile that they can be used in many different industries, as part of existing monitoring systems, but also on their basis to create completely new ones or expand the available systems with additional functions or parameters depending on the needs – adds Daria Roszczyk, Sales & Marketing Director at Blulog.
Quality control and management based on IoT solutions contributes to the detection of quality problems in real time, which significantly reduces the risk of products stored in improper conditions entering the market, which can pose a danger to patients’ health. Cases of spoiled pharmaceuticals mean not only huge financial losses, but also image damage.
According to IoT Analytics, of the 30 percent of companies that have implemented IoT systems for quality control and management, two-thirds of them reported depreciation of the solution in less than 24 months!