Blender has a Tough Pill to SwallowThe manufacturing of drugs, vitamins, minerals, and other pharmaceutical products entails the use of multiple processes that have the potential to produce harmful dust. Common processes include mixing, blending, tableting, coating, weighing, and the packing of dry, finished products. Dust generated from these processes can not only cause harm to employees, but can also decrease product quality.
One of the most basic, and critical, operations in the pharmaceutical industry is blending. The blending process, also referred to as mixing, combines the active ingredients of a drug with fillers and additives to produce a final product. The quality of the final product is derived by the quality of the mixture. Improper mixing may result in a non-homogeneous product that lacks consistency in color, texture, flavor, and even reactivity.
A pharmaceutical company had multiple processes, including mixing and weighing stations, alongside a dissolving vessel. They were looking for a dust collection unit that would be able to handle loadings from multiple processes, while minimizing the water treatment footprint. Additionally, the company wanted to improve product quality, minimize employee health hazards, and reduce housekeeping.
ChallengeThe the inlet loading from multiple mixing and weighing stations, as well as the fumes from the extracting solution, provided its own unique challenges. The customer needed a wet scrubber that wouldn’t require high water treatment