Editors' Picks of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Innovations
In our difficult economy, pharmaceutical manufacturers are searching for ways to improve efficiency in their production lines. The first factor to examine is the equipment itself. Vendors are introducing new machines designed to use less power and to perform more than one application. At the same time, drugmakers and vendors alike are attentive to the role of equipment in ensuring high drug quality. This month's products play various roles in the manufacturing process. Fristam's positive-displacement pump facilitates maintenance. Fitzpatrick's roller compactor incorporates an efficient deaeration system. A top-entering agitator from Chemineer helps improve reduce the power demands of users' processes.
Pump facilitates cleaning and maintenance
In addition, the pump's exterior edges are rounded so that no water sits on top of the device during cleaning, says Duane Ehlke, Fristam's director of operations. Users do not need to disassemble the device for cleaning in place (CIP). Instead, operators can turn the rotors slowly and run CIP solution through the pump to clean it fully. This characteristic reduces the risk of damaging machine parts and decreases downtime.
Agitator helps optimize processes
The agitator's tapered roller output bearing design improves the system's integrity by reducing vibration levels, minimizing rises in temperature, and enhancing the rigidity of the output shaft, which keeps the gearing in contact. The Model 20 device also can operate in an up-pumping or down-pumping mixer configuration.
Roller compactor provides efficiency and flexibility
The CCS 1025 system is designed to positively seal the product inside the process areas. Operators can disassemble the device easily for cleaning and reconfiguration. The system includes a wash-in-place to simplify cleaning. The CCS 1025 machine's roll and size-reduction housing is designed as an integrated unit to minimize headroom requirements. Users can install the device in wall or as a free-standing unit.