Power Conditioning Solutions for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is a key element of health care systems across the globe. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are involved in the development and production of various medicinal and other health-related products to save the lives of millions of people every year.

Most of the pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities are highly automated. Bulk chemicals are reduced to the required size by milling and micronizing machines, which pulverize substances into very fine particles. Then, these finished chemicals are mixed and processed further in mixing machines. These mixed ingredients may then be made into solutions, pressed into tablets or mechanically capsulated.

One type of equipment, for example, performs filling, sealing and stamping of capsules automatically. Other machines fill containers with liquids, tablets, or capsules, and seal, label and package the containers.

Until now, short interruptions and voltage sags are the two most frequent types of power quality disturbances and the most common causes of disrupted operation of many industrial processes, especially those employing power electronics equipment. Pharmaceutical manufacturing is an extremely sensitive process involving various precisely controlled steps and requiring the compliance of the rigorous sterility standards set by the various drug regulatory bodies. Due to these reasons, it is essential to have a suitable power protection solution to achieve a continuous production output with no interruptions.

What are Your Power Protection Options?

ABB offers a power protection product portfolio consisting of an extensive range of power conditioners and UPSs that can provide protection to the pharmaceutical manufacturing plants from disturbances in the electrical supply.

ABB supplies a “battery free” solution called the PCS100 Active Voltage Conditioner, which is designed to correct the most common utility problems, including voltage sags, in addition to providing swell protection and continuous voltage regulation. The PCS100 AVC-40 provides instant voltage sag and surge correction, ensuring maximum productivity.

The system offers a full correction of 3 phase sags down to 60% of the remaining voltage as well as +/- 10% constant voltage regulation. ABB’s PCS100 AVC-20 is specially designed for large commercial and industrial operations in environments where productivity is affected due to an unstable network or utility voltage. It provides a continual, regulated utility voltage supply for operations involving stressed, unreliable or unstable electric infrastructure.

The PCS100 UPS-I is designed to meet the requirements of industrial applications such as sensitive tools, drives, motors etc. It also provides protection during deep sag and swell events, as well as during outages lasting between seconds and minutes based on storage (batteries or super capacitors) and system loading. A PCS100 UPS-I has a payback period of typically less than 12 months as the problems it protects the facility from can be very expensive. The other attractive features of the PCS100 UPS-I include ultra-fast transfer time of less than 2 milliseconds, a long and more economical operating life and an exceptionally small footprint occupying space 50% less than competing solutions.

A Solid Relationship is Key

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

For the pharmaceutical industry, ABB has designed and commissioned many power protection solutions. Apotex Inc is one such company which acquired a large 4.8 MV Active Voltage Conditioner from ABB and the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company was able to correct voltage fluctuations immediately. Within six weeks of commissioning, the ABB technology compensated for 42 events and the total installed cost was paid back in less than three months.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by ABB Power Conditioning - Discrete Automation and Motion Division.

For more information on this source, please visit ABB Power Conditioning - Discrete Automation and Motion Division.

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