Productivity, Footprint, and Segregation
3 Reasons the Pharma Industry is Adopting Pneumatic Conveyors
As the pharma industry moves toward continuous manufacturing, it’s also rapidly adopting pneumatic conveyors as the systems of choice to transfer material between machines. Here are three reasons for the shift.
Conveyors can reduce load times significantly — doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling productivity. This is becoming absolutely essential as the capabilities of tablet presses and encapsulation machines increase. For example, some of the newer multi-layered tablet presses can process up to 4,000 kg per hour. There’s no way an operator, or even several operators, could scoop powder into the hopper fast enough to keep up with the demands of these machines.
There are other types of automated transfer systems used to load tablet presses — the two most common are gravity-fed systems and drum handling systems. However, both of these are quite large. A gravity-fed system sits on the second or third floor of the facility, above the hopper. That means, of course, that the facility must have two or three floors. Drum handling systems also take up more space than many pharma manufacturers have available in their production suites.
For more information contact: Eng. Alexis Amador at 787-781-2655 Ext. 3017