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The Plug & Play initiative will reach a new milestone at its next meeting, taking place on the 13th to the 15th of November 2018

Following the proof of concept stage, software testing will now begin at the next meeting being hosted in PM Group's Southampton Office.

The event will be attended by members of the Plug & Play group, which includes a combination of end-users and suppliers.

The overall aim of the initiative is to have a plug and play interface where you can take away one type of skid, plug in a completely different supplier's skid, and still be able to communicate with it without any coding.

The testing due to take place in Southampton will then inform the Plug & Play group's next steps.

According to the 2018 BioPhorum Annual Report, the impact on industry should be significant with the potential for reductions in build and changeover times and considerable savings in design and build costs.