Pharmaceutical companies have every reason to minimize waste during their manufacturing process. From regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to decreasing cost of production, the first step in decreasing waste is measuring accurately the amount of waste produced.
Equipment such as an encapsulator creates dust which then requires a dust collection system. The trick is minimizing the amount of dust retained in the dust collection system. A cyclone located near the equipment will decrease dust retention in the system, thereby providing more accurate measurements of waste.
Why measure waste?
As most of you already know, the FDA and other regulatory agencies require strict accounting of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
Processes that deal with opiates and other strong active ingredients are especially monitored. Another very important reason to accurately measure your waste product is to help minimize the waste.
Product waste is lost income. Without accurately measuring the waste, you will not be able to evaluate any changes in the process to increase productivity.
The process of measuring waste and product in a batch is called reconciliation. As anyone who has taken chemistry lab before knows, the most important part of calculating yields and reconciling the loss, is having accurate values.
Any equipment that retains dust, spilles waste, etc. increases the error and decreases the accuracy of the reconciliation.
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