HOW AIR COMPRESSORS GET USED IN PHARMA
A clean room environment is a must in many pharmaceutical manufacturing locations. Without a clean environment, the probability of contamination increases, endangering the health of patients.
Not only do air compressors help ensure clean air in manufacturing facilities, they are also used across a wide range of production activities, including the creation of caplets, pills, and tablets; medicine formulas and lotions; and medicinal packaging, such as plastic containers and cartons.
A softer alternative to pills and tablets, caplets contain powdered medicine within gelatin membranes that break down in the digestive tract to release the medicine. From the contents, to the gel, to the packaging, air compressors play an important role in the manufacture of caplets.
Again, air compressors are vital in the manufacture of pills and tablets. Air compressors are used in mixing the ingredients, hardening them to the desired form, and applying various coatings for texture, color, and flavor.
As is the case with the other forms of pharmaceutical products, air compressors are again used when manufacturing liquid medicines. Specifically, the balance of ingredients, purification of contaminants, and exact measurements of each formula are carried out with the aid of compressors.
Topical medicines – such as lotions or balms – that are applied externally to the skin are also manufactured with the help of air compressors. Compressors are used to combine ingredients to create lotions, and also to insert the lotion into appropriate containers and packaging.
Medicines are shipped and distributed to retail outlets in bottles and cartons that are manufactured with air-powered machines for cutting, folding, printing, and packaging.