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PLANT PROFILE

Changes

Lives

Using skilled technicians and advanced
technology, Eli Lilly and Company creates
life-saving medicines and devices worldwide.

Michelle Segrest
Contributing Editor

AT ELI LILLY, the motivation to improve production reliability is not just
something that is tracked on graphs and charts for upper management to review.
In fact, for maintenance and reliability engineer Carrie Krodel, it's personal.
Krodel, who is responsible for maintenance strategies at the Eli Lilly Indianapolis facility's division that handles Parenteral Device Assembly and Packaging
(PDAP), has a family member who uses the company's insulin. "I come to work
every day to save his life," she said. "Each and every one of us plays a part with
reliability. Whether it's the mechanics or the operators keeping the line running,
the material movers supplying the lines with the products, or the people making
the crucial quality checks, everyone is a part of it. And we all know that the work
we are doing is changing lives."
The Indianapolis site covers millions of square feet with nearly 600,000 assets
that must be maintained. According to Rendela Wenzel, Eli Lilly's global plant
engineering, maintenance, and reliability champion, the company produces the
medicine as well as the packaging for insulin pens, cancer treatments, and many
other products and devices.
For the entire Eli Lilly team-which includes a group of about 80 engineers
at the Indianapolis site-the responsibility is crucial. "If we mess up, someone

Eli Lilly Reliability
Toolbox
■ CSI platform for vibrationanalysis equipment
■ UE Systems and SDT for
ultrasonics
■ Fluke and FLIR for imaging
infrared thermography
■ Specto Scientific and Trivector
graphics for oil-analysis results
■ Internal and external oil sampling
■ Leica digital microscope
■ Experimental Modal Analysis
and Operating Deflection Shape
Analysis, Vibrant Technologies,
Motion Amplification

All photos courtesy of Eli Lilly and Company.

■ Ultra-high-speed video imaging
with borescope options, Olympus

Left. Throughout the halls of the Indianapolis Eli Lilly and Company facility, the
corporation's brand is proudly displayed.

■ Failure-analysis tools for bearings
and gears.

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