Economic pressures are forcing pharmaceutical manufacturers to look for ways to become more competitive. Many companies realize that they must reduce operating costs but maintain or improve product quality. Recognizing their clients’ needs, many equipment vendors’ process engineers are writing specifications to ensure that the latest innovations will lower energy consumption, reduce product waste, and minimize maintenance requirements. These specifications also improve the materials of construction, documentation, and testing while ensuring the sterility that critical processes require.
Manufacturers of sanitary pumps for the pharmaceutical industry have recently developed options to help meet the industry’s needs, including the following examples:
The drive assemblies that rotate the pumps can greatly influence pumps’ efficiency. The following units are designed for improved operation:
Pump manufacturers also have begun to use special materials to manufacture components that contact the product. Materials intended to improve cleanliness and sterility include the following:
Increasingly stringent documentation requirements for pumps’ materials of construction and for the traceability of the components have put pressure on the industry. In response, some manufacturers etch the metal manufacturer’s heat numbers onto all of their wetted metal components to facilitate traceability.
New regulations typically require testing such as ferrite testing, baseline vibration testing, X-ray material verification, certified-performance and net-positive-suction-head testing, certified finish mapping, drainability testing, hydrostatic testing, welder certification, and noise testing. The testing ensures that the pumps will meet the material and performance specifications.
Recognizing drugmakers’ need for cost-efficient production processes and their goal of creating high-quality products, pump manufacturers are continually pursuing innovation. Their engineers seek to provide highly efficient pumps that require minimal maintenance and afford maximal cleanliness. By combining their efforts, pumpmakers and pharmaceutical manufacturers can achieve their mutual goal of providing safe and effective drugs to patients around the world.
Sam Raimond is a customer service supervisor at Fristam Pumps, 2410 Parview Rd., Middleton, WI 53562, [email protected]