Contamination removal in Pharmaceutical supply production

During the production of pharmaceutical supplies, high levels of static charge can lead to issues including production jams, inaccurate weighing, contamination, poor blister pack sealing and even repulsion of the tablets or capsules (leading to empty punnets).

Static charges can cause dust and other airborne contaminants to be attracted to the surface of a moving web, which could lead to costly rejections if untreated.

For instance, static can cause weighing equipment to show inaccurate results, which is significant where exact measurements in dosages are paramount. Therefore, static control is needed to balance the static charges, ensuring that all weighing (down to the milligram) is accurate.

Implementing the correct Static control and web cleaning solution can eliminate static charges, resulting in clean, accurate and contamination free production. 

Our Zero Faults Forward Approach

We have identified a number of applications within medical supply manufacturing that are prone to contamination on the line. By applying the right solutions at these points, you make sure there are no weak links to your production chain. We explore these below and demonstrate our solutions…

Medical supply applications

It is critical that static electricity is controlled during the manufacturing of pharmaceutical supplies. Below are some of the main areas affected by static charges during production, and our solutions to remove static charges and other contaminants:

* All drawings are for illustrative purposes only. The position of the static control and web cleaning solutions most suitable for your process will depend on certain factors of your application.

Web Cleaning Solutions

Meech is a leading Web Cleaning manufacturer with a comprehensive range of four systems. Each system is based on a different cleaning principle, this uniquely allows us to provide our customers with a system best suited for their application. All Meech systems incorporate the latest shockless  AC static control bars as standard which is crucial for comprehensive contamination removal. Meech has more than 200 successful web cleaning installations in a range of industries including Packaging, Printing and Converting.

Meech CyClean™ has been designed in response to demand for a compact, high performance, non-contact web cleaner.

Through the application of advanced computational fluid dynamics, CyClean removes and extracts contamination below 1 micron.

The CyClean-R provides a specialised solution for low-tension web cleaning.

The CyClean-R is designed to be positioned on the roller, where the web tension is at its highest, therefore bypassing the issues of low tension and still delivering excellent surface cleaning.

The Meech VacClean™ contact web cleaning system for removal of high levels of unbonded, dry contamination.

Static Control Solutions

Meech is a market leader in manufacturing and supplying static control products since the 1960’s; offering a wide range of electrostatic products that provide anti-static and ESD protection and measurement, static generation, electrostatic control and elimination.

The Model 261v2 Ion Nozzle is a small, robust ionising nozzle and provides an ionised airflow for cleaning and neutralising static charges. It is powered by a Meech Model 233v4 and is suitable for industrial, electronic and cleanroom environments and is quick to install and easy to use.

The 971 Pulsed DC bar delivers powerful, long range ionisation to control static electricity on a wide range of printing, converting and process machinery.

Using reliable Pulsed DC technology, the 971 delivers industry leading ionisation performance. For more demanding applications, the integrated air-boost can be used to increase its capability at distance.  Meech’s ever reliable titanium emitter system gives extra-long service life. Resistive coupling makes the bar shockless to touch and safe for operators to handle.

The 314IPS is a short range compact pulsed DC ionising bar specifically designed for use in hygienic applications.

Its PTFE construction is ideally suited to use on Hygienic food and pharmaceutical machinery.

Could we help improve your pharmaceutical manufacturing process?