Pharmaceutical is one of the important and rapidly progressing sectors worldwide. The immense contribution of scientists in the research and development of medicines is advancing towards a better quality of life globally. India’s pharmaceutical sector covers over 50% of global vaccination demand. India ranks second in the global pharmaceutical workforce and contribution, with the USA being the largest importer of Indian pharmacy among 200 countries.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers utilize different equipment at different stages of drug production. The manufacturing process in pharmaceuticals consists of several stages like milling, blending, granulation, coating, drying, encapsulation, tablet pressing, and so on. To accomplish this, pharmaceutical firms require instruments such as X-ray inspection systems, capsule filling machines, tablet punching machines, and undoubtedly, boilers.
Process of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing:
The pharmaceutical process begins with milling or decreasing the component size to the requirement of the manufactured drug and continuing with the process of combining the non-active ingredient with the active pharmaceutical ingredients to procure a solid dosage.
After milling comes the granulation process that is divided into two forms: Wet Granulation and Dry Granulation. It is a reverse of milling as it blends all the small drug particles into one large particle. This large granule consists of the ingredients in their precise amount, enhancing its compression ability for tablet formation.
Hot-melt extrusion is performed with solid oral drugs by processing it with less solubility through heat and pressure. The manufactured drug is later compressed into tablets and capsules.
Steam Boilers in Pharmaceutical Sector:
Efficient and reliable boilers are the backbone of the pharmaceutical industry. Steam boilers are crucial in the drug manufacturing industries for sterilizing, purifying and drying. Steam boilers are essential to ensure precision in the compiling of the components in the manufactured drug. Clean Steam or Pure Steam is of vital importance for the superior quality of the drugs produced.
Clean steam is produced from uncontaminated water that is free of additives such as amines. It is mainly because the disinfection and sterilization process must be absent of any form of contamination that may hamper the quality of the manufactured product.
Apart from these, clean steam is required for a sterile surrounding to encourage the growth of yeasts or cells. It is also required for the processing of eye or ear drop solutions.
Pharmaceutical industries generally use Solid Fuel Boilers, Oil fired Boilers, and Multi Fuel Boilers for manufacturing depending on their requirements.
Solid Fuel Boilers: Solid fuel steam boilers are efficient and economical compared to other types of boilers and burn on fuel like wood, coal, wooden chips, briquettes, etc.
Solid fuel boilers are beneficial because of their low operating costs, range of fuel choice, and optimum efficiency. Solid fuel boilers are used for manufacturing generic medicines, IV fluids, capsule covering, and so on.
Oil fired Boilers: Oil fired boilers are an ideal choice where there is low availability of Natural Gas and Solid Fuels. Oil fired boilers are highly effective with optimal combustion and work with fuels like Light Diesel Oil, High-Speed Diesel, Furnace Oil, Low Sulphur Heavy Stock, and Industrial Diesel Oil.
In drug manufacturing, it is mainly utilized for sterilization, disinfection, and mixing of components.
Multi fuel Boilers: As the name suggests, multi fuel boilers work with various types of fuels. Multi fuel boilers are efficient and reliable, and mainly used in manufacturing products like tablets, medicinal syrups, injections, and ointments.
Importance of Safe and Reliable Boilers:
Precision and Safety is the key to successful pharmaceutical manufacturing. Although the pharmacy sector plays an important role, there can be no doubt that it has its share of challenges in manufacturing. Hot liquids, Hot surfaces, Steam, Constricted Workspace, High noise levels, and an Overly heated work area are some of the difficulties faced by workers in the manufacturing units. Working in such an environment may cause harm to skin, eyes, ears, kidneys, and lungs due to suffocation, lack of oxygen, and exposure to a high level of noise and heat. Therefore, it is essential to install and use instruments of superior quality and reliability.
India’s medical industry is growing by 15.2% yearly and may reach $25 million by 2025. Government plans to allocate $1.3 billion (Rs. 1 Lakh Crore) to encourage and increase domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing by 2023.
Rakhoh Steam Boilers in Pharmaceutical Sector:
Rakhoh has provided efficient and reliable boilers in the pharmaceutical sector. We manufacture and install solid fuel boilers such as Combo X, Optipac, and Solid Fuel Bi-Drum. Our oil fired boiler Oilpac and Multi fuel range of boilers include Membrane X and Thermic Fluid Heater.
- Some of our clients from the pharmaceutical sector include
- Hindustan Antibiotics Limited.
- Makson Nutrition India Private Limited
- Marksans Pharma Limited
- Porus Laboratories Private Limited
- Natco Pharma Limited
- Shashun Pharma
- Nutra Plus Products India Limited and many others