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The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most strictly regulated industries in the world. Anyone wishing to manufacture medicines must abide by ‚Good Manufacturing Practice‘ (GMP1) guidelines, the European Pharmacopoeia2 , various guidelines from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and recommendations from the ICH3 (International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use).
Why air is not always air
Any form of compressed air will contain particles of contaminants. These can stop a pneumatic system from functioning as it should and may lead to production quality issues. These will tend to occur if the process air comes into contact with the product. Various types of contaminant are possible, with the ambient air or intake air susceptible to contamination with almost any kind of particle insert including pollen, dust, hydrocarbons, or heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, or mercury. DIN EN ISO and EU GMP guidelines define, based on cleanroom classes [Fig. 1], how many and what size of particles may be present in a given room. No account is taken of how particle concentrations in the compressor increase significantly when compressed air is generated. During blow-off from a pneumatic system, there may (though not necessarily) be direct contact with the product. And this may result in contamination of formulas due to the extremely high particle density involved.
The potentially critical importance of compressed air applications and the impact the compressor that actually generates the air can have are illustrated by the questions below:
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Today, it is not only purchasing that can and should save money! You as an industrial pharmacist in pharmaceutical production can also make your contribution to greater efficiency. But not at the expense of quality! This white paper delivers constructive solutions for more compressed air purity with oil-free compressors. It also explains how you can raise your production standards with a new generation of oil-free compressors and significantly reduce operating costs at the same time. Curious, click the link to download it?
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This white paper takes a more detailed look at the topic of (sterile) compressed air generation and shows the potential offered by oil-free compressors for pharmaceutical processes. The construction and design of modern oil-free compressors is discussed and the impact they can have on things like the total cost of ownership in the manufacture of medicines. Other aspects dealt with by the white paper are the energy efficiency of these oil-free systems and how they can help reduce operating costs within a business.
ULTIMA U75 to U160
Pressure: 4 to 10 bar
Flow: 6.7 to 23m3/min
75 to 160kW
Two-stage, oil-free screw compressors, fixed or regulated speed, silicone free and ISO-8573 Class Zero (2010) certified oil-free screw compressors
D15H (RS) to D37H (RS)
Pressure: 5 to 10 bar
Flow: 0.32 to 6.87m3/min
15 to 37kW
Single-stage, oil-free water-injected screw compressors, fixed or regulated speed, silicone free and ISO-8573 Class Zero (2010) certified oil-free screw compressors