The Application of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) to Improve Efficiency, Sustainability and Quality, and to Reduce Cost and Giveaway


Martin GadsbyCEO - Optimal Industrial Technologies Limited

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.40 to 11.00, Stage 4

About this presentation

Many progressive industries are on a digitisation transformation journey. Process Analytical Technology (PAT) is a key, modern approach that is being increasingly embraced by many industry sectors, particularly by the life sciences, FMCG and chemical sectors. In essence, PAT is concerned with moving your process away from an empirically based, recipe approach towards true, real-time, in-process measurements of product quality.

The manufacturing process is adjusted or updated immediately to optimise quality and productivity based on the measurement data. The results can be stunning ‘ clients report the tripling of productivity, the reduction or elimination of waste, greater freedom on raw material sourcing, the opportunity to convert batch to continuous processing, the reduction of giveaway, a huge reduction in the cost of the product and, of course, improvements to quality and the consistency of quality.

There are also many additional benefits such as reductions in energy usage, manufacturing footprint, manufacturing inventory; faster time to market; and the ability to operate in a more environmentally friendly way. The aforementioned benefits combine to form a marked improvement in business sustainability. This presentation explains briefly, and at a high level, what PAT is, how it is implemented and how it can benefit your industry.

Speaker Bio:

Martin graduated from the University of Bath in the late 1970’s with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, and after a few years in aerospace made a significant career path change and became the new European R&D Process and Process Automation Group Leader for Kraft Foods.

This provided great practical experiences in the application of automation to the process industry as well as the design and manufacture of special purpose process equipment. After a few years it became apparent that there was a lack of good quality automation businesses, and so Martin decided to set up a process automation business with a colleague, and Optimal was born. Optimal Industrial Automation was formed over 34 years ago, with Martin now being the main owner and CEO.

To meet the increasing synTQ sales, Optimal Industrial Technologies was formed a few years ago as the products division for Optimal and is the market leader in the field of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) with its PAT Knowledge Management product ‘ synTQ – this being used very successfully by over 50% of the leading pharmaceutical companies. Martin is also the CEO for this company and is intimately involved with progressing the evolution of synTQ together with developing the business and brand.

On the personal front, Martin is a bit of a ‘petrol head’ and enjoys flying aerobatics and racing cars.