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How medicine benefits from industrial automation solutions

IoT Use Case - ICONICS + CSL Behring
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About CSL Behring and CSL Limited​

CSL Behring, a subsidiary of CSL Limited since 2004, traces its corporate roots to Emil von Behring, the first Nobel Prize recipient for Medicine and Physiology in 1901. As a pioneer in the field of immunology, Behring’s ground-breaking work resulted in the development of vaccinations against diphtheria and tetanus. CSL Biotherapies, also a subsidiary of CSL, operates some of the world’s largest flu vaccine manufacturing facilities for the global market. With more than 80 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of vaccines, and nearly 40 years with flu vaccines, CSL is committed to reliability, safety and quality.

Following the June 2009 World Health Organization announcement of an influenza pandemic, CSL developed a pandemic vaccine (H1N1) and signed a 180 million dollar contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide bulk H1N1 influenza antigen. The HHS contract includes the opportunity to use the influenza vaccine dispensing and packaging facilities of CSL Behring in the US and Germany.

ICONICS Software Deployed

The GENESIS software suite by ICONICS enables the rapid and secure production of the H1N1 influenza vaccine for the US market in CSL Behring’s FDA-approved filling and packaging facility in Marburg. GENESIS64™, Hyper Historian™, WebHMI™, and AlarmWorX™ together form the solution that bridges the gap between industrial automation and the medical sector.

Bottling Line
GraphWorX Representation of a Bottling Line

Key Features

Although their packaging facility is located in Germany, CSL Behring must still meet the recording requirements of the FDA. Specifically, CSL Behring must adhere to the 21 CFR Part 11, which outlines the controls necessary for the regulated industry to utilize electronic records and electronic signatures. CSL Behring requires a system where production data can be logged reliably and stored safely.

Audits, system validations, audit trails, electronic signatures, and documentation of electronic data are subject to inspection for 42 years following production date. ICONICS’ GENESIS data and historian applications are designed with these industry-standard regulations in mind.

GENESIS Recording Data for CSL Limited
GENESIS Recording Data for CSL Limited


Over the past 11 years, ICONICS, in collaboration with the system integrator Gundlach GmbH, has delivered an automation solution for CSL Behring’s filling plant in Germany. The H1N1 vaccine is dispensed into single use syringes or multi-dose vials in a sterile conveyor line, and then packaged and sent to CSL’s Illinois site for distribution across the US.

TrendWorX facilitates enterprise-wide data collection, logging, charting, reporting and analysis. A DataStore OPC Server stores collected information from proximity sensors, such as bottles in and out, rejects, and total production counts. AlarmWorX improves CSL’s ability to identify, quickly respond to and to document abnormal conditions throughout the bottling process. Internet and Intranet connectivity is provided to GENESIS applications securely through WebHMI.

In total, there are around 30 servers running Windows Server 2022, SQL Server 2019, the ICONICS software and Kepware OPC Server. A total of around 100 users can use the system simultaneously.


CSL, Gundlach GmbH, and ICONICS have benefited from a longstanding relationship and currently play a significant role in a global environment where there is a high demand for the H1N1 influenza vaccine. Efficient and safe bottling methods are afforded by ICONICS industrial automation solution making for a healthier world.

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