Applied SmartFactory® Rx

by Applied Materials, Inc.

Advanced manufacturing software allowing pharma manufacturers to achieve unprecedented levels of productivity, quality and compliance, enabling data-driven decisions from the shop floor to top floor.

Solution Overview

SmartFactory Rx software solutions provide a real-time, data-driven plant environment that senses factory activity, predicts performance, and prescribes effective actions. SmartFactory Rx improves visibility, drives quality, safety, yield and throughput, reduces cycle times and costs, and increases profitability. Applied Materials is the leader in factory automation solutions for high volume semiconductor manufacturing plants worldwide. SmartFactory Rx, for pharmaceutical manufacturers, is powered by technologies that are customer-proven and widely deployed

The SmartFactory Rx platform allows customers to utilize the data in their PI System to create substantial business value. Let’s take a look at some example uses cases that have been developed using SmartFactory Rx and the PI System.

Solution Approach

SmartFactory Rx includes a standard adapter for the PI System with an intuitive graphical drag & drop interface with keyword search for PI Tags and browser-based keyword search for use with the Asset Framework. In addition, SmartFactory Rx provides a standard feature for query, rerun, and capture of historical PI Data. SmartFactory Rx also enables integration and context mapping for virtually any kind of data including: MES, BES, ERP, CMMS, DCS, Equipment, raw sensor, PAT Instruments, SQL and other databases. The open platform was designed for integration and interoperation with existing systems. SmartFactory Rx provides a powerful workflow designer/editor with limitless flexibility to interact with native and 3rd party applications such as: Python, MatLab, R, C#, and commercial analytic tools.



  • Standard adapter for the PI System
  • On-premise, cloud, and hybrid installations


  • Analytics & Control
  • Operations Productivity – Plant Planning & Scheduling
  • Advanced Maintenance – CMMS & PdM
  • Knowledge Management

PI System Requirements

PI System version 3.4.390 or later, PI System Access (PSA) License

Solution Type

Asset Management, Condition Based Maintenance, Control Loop Monitoring, Data Aggregation, Data Collection, Data Validation, Downtime Tracking, Event/Batch Analysis, OEE, Process Optimization, Visualization


  • Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Business Impacts

Optimize Processes, Evaluate Quality, Increase Asset Health & Uptime


Applications for the PI System