Why Water Usage Data is Critical to the Biopharmaceutical Industry

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Few sectors are as captive to water requirements and regulations as the biopharmaceutical industry. Water is a critical component in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), life-saving drugs, vaccines, PPE, testing kits and many more products. To gain a clear picture, water for industrial use represents a significant part of global water demand and if nothing is done to improve efficiency, the global water demand would be 40% more than the accessible, reliable supply by 2030 according to the Water Resources Group

With water scarcity on everyone’s minds, how can biopharmaceutical manufacturers maintain their status while minimizing their water footprint? Accurate, real time water usage data provides the critical insights manufacturers need to make the most of their existing water supply, prevent interruptions to supplies, and identify opportunities for reducing water waste. Let’s examine the benefits of this critical tool more closely.

Assess and optimize existing water management practices

Advanced analytics systems are capable of collecting multiple data inputs thousands of times a day to assess water management practices. MECO smartANALYTICS™, for example, captures data on processes such as temperatures, pressures, vibrations, flow rates, frequencies, voltage, amperage and more, to provide real time data that can be used to improve on best practices.

Prevent unplanned downtime and interrupted manufacturing

MECO smartANALYTICS™ offers continual, real time input, flagging deviations from expected norms in order to alert operators to potential problems before they become actual problems. In-depth reporting on values as well as benchmark comparisons with performance standards and comparable systems create predictive capabilities that eliminate unplanned downtime and mitigate interrupted manufacture.

Identify opportunities for better future water management practices

Predictive maintenance, continual input, and expert interpretation of data by MECO analysts equip drug manufacturers with the means to prevent downtime while also maximizing operations during uptime. Cutting edge analytics identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of operations, which has the potential to create cost savings in utilities, consumables, and maintenance.

Learn how MECO helps biopharmaceutical manufacturers make the most of their water management practices and purification systems with MECO smartANALYTICS.

With MECO smartANALYTICS™, our expert engineers ensure your system operates at peak performance. Continuous monitoring of real time data uncovers potential threats and potential for savings. Predictive maintenance capabilities created by analytics allows companies to maximize the operational lifespan of equipment while preventing the hassle of unplanned downtime. Working with MECO experts empowers biopharmaceutical manufacturers to reduce waste, improve output, and overcome the challenges of water scarcity. Contact us today to learn more about MECO smartANALYTICS™.





  1. Markarian, Jennifer. “Considering Water Use in Pharma Manufacturing.” PharmTech, 2017, www.pharmtech.com/view/considering-water-use-pharma-manufacturing.