Different Types of Pharmaceutical Processing Equipments

The pharmaceutical industry stands as one of the most closely scrutinised sectors globally. Manufacturers in this domain face the dual challenge of adhering to stringent quality control measures while ensuring unwavering consistency in their products. This demanding feat is made possible through the utilisation of cutting-edge and intricate pharmaceutical processing equipment, each designed with specialised functions to meet the industry's exacting standards.

For pharma and biopharma manufacturers, the objective is not just compliance but also a commitment to staying abreast of the evolving drug manufacturing landscape. This commitment is underpinned by a dedication to technology and innovation, placing these elements at the forefront of every pharmaceutical operation. The result is a suite of pharmaceutical processing equipment characterised by brilliant designs and customizable solutions tailored to address specific and diverse needs.

Design & Quality Compliance Standards

As diverse clients necessitate customized solutions for pharmaceutical processing equipment, adherence to generally accepted design and compliance standards is paramount. Some of these standards include:

Vessel Design:

  • ASME BPE 2016 for vessel and piping manufacturing.
  • ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 for pressure vessel manufacturing.

Process Design:

  • US FDA 21 CFR 177.2600 for gaskets and O-rings.
  • ASME BPE 2016 for vessel and piping manufacturing.

Electrical Design:

  • IEC 60529 standards for panel enclosure protection.
  • EN/IEC-60204 and UL 508 for electrical work.
  • CE Marking Compliance Testing and Certification.

Different Pharmaceutical Processing Equipment for WFI & Other Sterile Products

Water for Injection (WFI), a pure form of water widely used in pharma operations, undergoes a meticulous process, including distillation, to eliminate pollutants and endotoxins. Essential equipment for WFI and Sterile Injectables includes:

1. Manufacturing Vessel:

  • Charged with water for injection and APIs, often fitted with nitrogen sparging capabilities.
  • Equipped with oxygen flushing to discourage microbial activity.

2. Holding & Storage Vessel:

  • Used to store sterile water with positive nitrogen pressure to prevent microbial growth.
  • Pre-sterilized with pure steam for sanitation purposes.

Vessels for Bio-Pharma Applications

Bio-pharma applications involve the manufacturing of therapeutic proteins, enzymes, hormones, antibiotics, alcohol, amino acids, and blood substitutes. Equipment used in bio-pharma manufacturing operations includes:

1. Fermenters and Bioreactors:

  • Facilitate the growth of desired microbes and mammalian cells.

2. Process Vessels:

  • Used for various stages, including preparing medium, sterile feed, harvesting, lysing cells, chromatography, refolding, purifying, de-filtering, and storing samples.

CIP & SIP Pharmaceutical Process Equipment

Cleaning and sanitising pharmaceutical equipment without relocating it are achieved through Cleaning in Place (CIP) and Sterilisation in Place (SIP) processes. Common equipment used in these processes includes:

1. Dosing Systems:

  • Add desired substances to water to remove impurities.

2. Tanks, Pumps, and Recirculation Skids:

  • Facilitate circulation and maintain proper pressure.

3. Static or Dynamic Spray Balls:

  • Ensure thorough and consistent distribution of cleaning or sterilizing agents.

4. Heat Exchangers:

  • Provide constant flow-through to meet heating and cooling needs.

Treatment Vessels

Effluent water from pharmaceutical manufacturing operations is a potential source of water pollution. Therefore, pharma businesses are obligated to treat water to minimize its environmental impact. Treatment processes can be physical, chemical, or biological and commonly involve bio-kill tank systems with varying degrees of automation.

Piping Networks

Process piping construction is critical in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production, as it comes into contact with raw materials and finished products. Thorough cleaning is essential to prevent cross-contamination. Design considerations include instruments, valves, steam traps, CIP/SIP operations, drying, and pressure hold tests.

With decades of experience, TSA is well-equipped to meet process requirements of varying specifications and scales. Their skilled design, engineering, and automation teams collaborate directly with clients, delivering tailored and sustainable solutions that streamline procedures and ensure sterile integrity. Beyond serving diverse needs for pharmaceutical processing equipment, TSA offers additional support, including validation documentation, clean room facilities, AMCs, and spares.

In conclusion, the pharmaceutical industry's complex landscape relies on sophisticated processing equipment to meet stringent standards. The commitment to technology, innovation, and compliance is evident in every facet of pharmaceutical manufacturing, ensuring the production of high-quality and consistent pharmaceutical products.

Importance of Reliable Pharmaceutical Equipment Manufacturers

Selecting a reliable pharmaceutical equipment manufacturer is crucial for seamless integration into pharmaceutical operations. With decades of experience, stands out as a trusted partner. Their skilled design, engineering, and automation teams collaborate directly with clients, delivering tailored and sustainable solutions that streamline procedures and ensure sterile integrity.

Factors to Evaluate When Selecting a Pharmaceutical Equipment Manufacturer

When considering a contract manufacturer for your pharmaceutical products, take into account the following critical factors:

  1. Quality: Opt for a reputable manufacturer with a well-established track record of delivering top-tier equipment known for its quality and reliability.
  2. Volume and Speed: Ensure that the manufacturer can meet your specified requirements for production volume and timelines. The ability to align with your production needs is contingent upon the specific products being synthesized and whether they are intended for commercial or research purposes.
  3. Physical Product Requirements: Different pharmaceutical products necessitate varied process conditions such as heating, cooling, and drying. It is crucial to acquire equipment that fulfills all these specific requirements to ensure optimal performance.
  4. Computer Processing Abilities: Evaluate the sophistication of the computer systems integrated into the equipment. High-end computer processing capabilities can significantly enhance manufacturing processes and contribute to the overall ease of equipment operation.
  5. Ease of Cleaning: Simplicity in equipment disconnection translates to ease of cleaning. Opt for equipment that is straightforward to disconnect, facilitating a more efficient and time-saving cleaning process, ultimately contributing to enhanced production efficiency.


In the ever-evolving landscape of pharmaceutical manufacturing, the importance of advanced and compliant equipment cannot be overstated. From the meticulous design and compliance standards to the varied types of equipment catering to specific pharmaceutical needs, the industry's success hinges on embracing technological advancements.

As laboratories and pharmaceutical facilities strive for excellence, GD Waldner remains a beacon of reliability and innovation in laboratory planning, design, and equipment manufacturing. Their unwavering commitment to quality and customization positions them as a preferred partner for pharmaceutical facilities seeking cutting-edge solutions in the dynamic landscape of pharmaceutical production. Choosing a manufacturer with a solid foundation in these considerations ensures that your pharmaceutical facility is well-equipped for success in the ever-evolving landscape of the pharmaceutical industry.

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