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December 16, 2021updated 11 Jan 2022 3:10pm

Process Automation and Equipment

By Nat Schaefer

Technological advances in automation and robotics are enabling the pharmaceutical industry to increase the speed and accuracy of their processes such as filling, packaging and inspection. Deploying automation can help pharmaceutical companies to follow stringent regulatory and compliance standards, in addition to reducing operational costs.

Automated process techniques can ensure the precise weighing, blending and tableting of solid dosage forms and filling of liquid pharmaceuticals.

Leading process automation and pharmaceutical packaging equipment manufacturers

Pharmaceutical Technology has listed the leading contractors and suppliers of process automation technologies and packaging equipment based on our intel, insights, and decades-long experience in the packaging and pharmaceutical sectors. The list includes suppliers of powder and material handling systems, pharmaceutical mixing equipment, crushers, clamps and clamp fittings, bulk solids processing solutions, fittings and valves, pumps, compacters and processing equipment.

The information contained in the download document is designed for pharma analytics engineers, process engineers and technicians, process automation engineers, pharmaceutical process managers, laboratory technicians, purchase executives and packaging process managers.

The download contains detailed information on suppliers and their product lines, alongside contact details to aid your purchasing decision.

Advantages of process automation technologies in pharma

Automation technologies help in improving the efficiency of the pharmaceutical development and production by streamlining the processes. The technologies enhance efficiency as robots can easily perform repetitive tasks such as filling and packing at high accuracy and speed compared to human workers. They are also highly accurate and eliminate the possibility of human errors in the weighing, blending and packaging of pharmaceutical products.

Automation solutions facilitate the tracing and tracking of pharmaceutical products through technologies such as electronic batch records and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions. Pharmaceutical companies can also apply technologies such as data analytics to improve processes and determine the efficiency of potential process changes.

Pharmaceutical mixing equipment and processing solutions

Pharmaceutical companies use a range of equipment and automation solutions to optimise their production processes. Some of this equipment includes:

Processing systems such as blending, extrusion, drying, milling, and micronisation systems

  • Dryers and granulators
  • Tablet compression and coating systems
  • Conveyor and sorting systems
  • High-speed bottle filling and capping solutions
  • Agitators
  • Coaters including spray coating machines
  • Tanks and mixers
  • Centrifuges
  • Boilers
  • Inspection machines
  • Packaging equipment

Ease of use, operational costs, quality control, cost-effectiveness and digital capabilities are some of the factors that should ideally be considered when choosing pharmaceutical mixing equipment and processing solutions.

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