In the pharmaceutical industry, it is imperative to ensure that ingredients are handled with the utmost care. Even one small error can be catastrophic. Toward that end, a variety of different types of pharmaceutical equipment is commonly used to make production easier and reduce the risk of error.
One of the most common types of pharmaceutical equipment in use today is the V-blender. This type of blender does not utilize blades but instead relies on the force of gravity for mixing ingredients. It is commonly used with dry powders, which makes it ideal for use within the pharmaceutical industry.
Stainless steel enclosures are also commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry because of their durable nature, resistance to corrosion, and ability to withstand impact. Additionally, stainless steel is also easy to clean and maintain, which is another benefit in an industry in which sterilization is imperative.
Along those same lines, stainless steel furniture is frequently used in this industry as well. Various types of furniture used in the pharmaceutical industry often include stainless steel carts, cabinets, countertops, tables, and step over stools. The smooth surface of stainless steel makes it easy to clean, while the nonporous nature of stainless steel ensures that the risk for cross-contamination is reduced.
Depending upon the specific needs of the company in question, a variety of other types of pharmaceutical equipment may be used, as well. Such equipment might include IBC tumble blenders, double cone blenders, or ribbon blenders. HMI control panels and stainless steel air plenums are also commonly used.
In deciding upon a fabricator to provide pharmaceutical equipment, it is important to ensure that the fabricator will be able to offer CIP (clean in place) systems. Additionally, the fabricator should also be able to build equipment to your specific requirements.