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Publication Date: 09/2002
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Automated system makes material handling easier

A pharmaceutical company installs an automatic material handling system to solve ergonomic, labor, and bag disposal problems.

Eli Lilly, headquartered in Indianapolis, produces pharmaceuticals. The company’s Animal Health Business Division operates a facility in Lafayette, Ind., and uses a fermentation process to produce Tylosin, an animal antibiotic. Handling the 50-pound paper bags that held the antibiotic’s dry raw materials caused ergonomic problems for the workers and excessive labor and bag disposal costs for the company.

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