Pharmaceutical production

production sensitive environments

In production-sensitive environments, such as pharmaceuticals, ­electronics, and food and ­beverage industries, there are stringent standards in place to ensure these manufacturing sites are ­pollutant-free.

When quality counts
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most strictly regulated ­industries in the world.

Companies manufacturing ­medicines must abide by:

  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) protocol
  • The European Pharmacopoeia
  • Various guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Recommendations from the ­International Council for ­Harmonisation of ­Technical Requirements for Pharmaceu­ticals for Human Use (ICH3)

Compressed air is also a key ­utility supporting processes in the food and ­beverage industry, and strict standards and laws ­governing hygiene in food production apply. Under European food ­hygiene regulation 852/2004, for example, manufacturers have a duty of care to protect consumers from harmful or dangerous ­contaminants including oil and particles.

Remember:

All compressed air systems will require components such as filters, valves, seals to be replaced. To assure the efficiency of a compressor, however, it is important to invest in genuine spare parts. ­Non-genuine filters, for instance, are more likely to have reduced dust and dirt-holding capacities, which means contaminants can easily enter a system.

A non-genuine lubricant can place extra ­demands on the filter element, resulting in dust and other particles encountering internal compressor components, invariably leading to mechanical performance deterioration. In both cases, blocked filters also cause deterioration in energy efficiency performance. Having a compressor serviced by the manufacturer – and therefore an approved technician – will give further peace of mind. This can also ensure that operators don’t encounter any problems with ­machine warranty.

Cleanroom engineer

“Compressed air is vital to manufacturing processes. If contaminated, it can lead to reduced performance, product spoilage and damaged production equipment, resulting in additional costs and unexpected downtime. In addition to any health implications, exposing customers to potential risk through product contamination can damage a company’s reputation.”

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