Industrial Dust Collector For Phramaceutical Industry

In the pharmaceutical industry, the environmental requirements are extremely stringent. Dealing with a large amount of dust generated in the production process has always been a difficult problem for the pharmaceutical industry. 

Peakvac’s professional dust collectors and powder collectors are the first choice for the pharmaceutical industry. We understand the pain points of the industry. According to your needs, we will tailor the dust removal plan for you. We have been deeply involved in the industry for decades and are professional dust collector manufacturers.

Which manufacturing process can generate dust in pharamaceutical industry?

Several manufacturing processes in the pharmaceutical industry can generate dust, including:

  • Blending and mixing of dry powders or granules
  • Milling and grinding of raw materials or finished products
  • Granulation processes, such as wet granulation, dry granulation, or melt granulation
  • Coating processes, including film coating, sugar coating, and enteric coating
  • Tableting and compression of powders or granules into tablets or capsules
  • Packaging of finished products, such as filling and sealing of bottles, blisters, or pouches.
    During these processes, fine particles of pharmaceutical ingredients or excipients can become airborne and form dust that may pose a risk to workers’ health or product quality. Therefore, it is essential to have appropriate dust control measures in place, such as the use of local exhaust ventilation, dust collection systems, and personal protective equipment (PPE), to minimize workers’ exposure to pharmaceutical dust.
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What is pharmaceutical dust?

Particles smaller than approximately 100 microns inherent in the product can be released into and become airborne. At the same time, the conveying and handling of the product will also cause friction and wear, whereby the particle size distribution will contain larger smaller particles, thus increasing the possibility of dusting. Material size, shape, process type, processing speed and material properties affect dust characteristics and dust generation rates.

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Challenge:

  • Fine dust that is hazardous to health
  • Potentially explosive dust
  • Hazard to workers’ health
  • Affect the working efficiency of the machine

How can pharmaceutical dust be harmful?

Pharmaceutical dust can be harmful to workers’ health if they inhale it, as the dust particles can enter the respiratory system and cause a range of health problems. The severity of the health effects will depend on the composition and quantity of the dust particles, as well as the duration and frequency of exposure.

Short-term exposure to pharmaceutical dust may cause respiratory irritation, coughing, and sneezing. Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of dust can lead to chronic respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In addition to respiratory problems, pharmaceutical dust may also cause skin or eye irritation and allergic reactions in some individuals. Some pharmaceutical dust, such as potent active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), may have toxic properties and pose an additional risk to workers’ health.

Moreover, pharmaceutical dust can also have an impact on product quality. If the dust contaminates the manufacturing process, it may affect the consistency, potency, and purity of the final product. This can result in product recalls and pose a risk to patient safety.

To prevent the health risks associated with pharmaceutical dust, it is important for pharmaceutical manufacturers to implement appropriate dust control measures, such as using dust collection systems and providing workers with personal protective equipment (PPE).

1. Dust Source in Blending, Feeding and Mixing Process

In the pharmaceutical processing and chemical industry, finished or semi-finished products are often crushed, and a lot of dust and floating will be generated during the crushing process. The crushed raw materials usually need to be stirred and mixed, and dust will be generated during the feeding and stirring process.
The dust in the air is harmful to the health of employees, and excessive dust accumulation will cause equipment failure and affect work efficiency.

Solution for Pharmaceutical dust collector

dust collector for pharmaceutical industryFor this type of dust, it is necessary to follow up the actual amount of crushing and the flying direction of the dust, and design a reasonable suction hood to better collect the dust. 

Our AJS series automatic unloading industrial dust collector can be used; if the dust needs to be recycled or the production workshop requires it, please customize the machine to 304 or 316 material.

2. Dust Source in Granulation Process

Granulation involves the compression of powders or granules into larger particles or agglomerates, which can generate dust as the material is broken down and compressed.

Dust can be generated during different stages of the granulation process, such as during the milling of raw materials, mixing of ingredients, wetting and granulating the powder, and drying the granules. The amount of dust generated will depend on the specific granulation process, equipment used, and the characteristics of the materials being processed.

To minimize the generation and spread of dust during granulation, pharmaceutical manufacturers may use specialized equipment such as granulators with dust-tight enclosures or local exhaust ventilation systems to capture dust at the source

Solution

To minimize the generation and spread of dust during granulation, pharmaceutical manufacturers may use specialized equipment such as granulators with dust-tight enclosures or local exhaust ventilation systems and AJS dust collector  to capture dust at the source.

Cleaning the dust in granulation typically involves several steps, which may vary depending on the specific granulation process and equipment used. Here are some general steps that may be involved in cleaning dust in granulation:

Remove the granules: Remove any remaining granules from the granulator and surrounding areas using appropriate tools such as scoops or brushes.

Dry cleaning: Use a EX60-2 Pneumatic explosion-proof  vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to remove any remaining dust or particles.

This type of vacuums is designed to capture very fine particles, which is essential for effective dust control.

3. Packing and Weighing

Another major source of dust in pharmaceutical processing is the weighing and packaging process.
During these processes, a large amount of airborne dust is generated, which is not only harmful to human health, but also accumulates on equipment, causing them to malfunction or fail.

For this kind of dust, it is necessary to choose a suitable dust collector in combination with the size of the feed port and the amount of dust.

Solution

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Add a suction hood to each station, set up a reasonable pipeline, and realize one machine with multiple functions. 

If the dust needs to be recycled or has other special requirements, the machine can be customized with 304 or 316 materials.

Conclusion

Dust removal is important in the pharmaceutical industry for several reasons:

  • Health and safety: 
    Many pharmaceutical dusts, such as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), can be harmful to workers’ health if they are inhaled or come into contact with skin or eyes. Dust removal helps to minimize the amount of dust in the manufacturing environment, which in turn reduces the risk of respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues for workers.
  • Product quality:
    Pharmaceutical dust can contaminate the manufacturing process and affect the quality and purity of the final product. Dust removal helps to maintain a clean and hygienic manufacturing environment, which is essential for producing high-quality pharmaceutical products.
  • Regulatory compliance:
    Dust removal is often required by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that pharmaceutical manufacturers meet safety and quality standards. Failure to comply with dust control regulations can result in fines, product recalls, and damage to the manufacturer’s reputation.
  • Operational efficiency:
    Dust removal can also improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process by reducing the need for frequent cleaning and maintenance of equipment, and by minimizing the risk of product contamination and process interruptions

Peakvac Industrial Vacuums In Pharmaceutical Industry

EX60-2 Pneumatic Explosion-Proof Industrial Vacuum Cleaner

AM Series 3 Phase Industrial Vacuum Cleaner

EMD 3 Phase Electric Explosion-Proof Industrial Vacuum Cleaner

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