7 Things to Consider when Seeking Pharmaceutical Equipment
Buying new pharmaceutical equipment can be a stressful process. There are so many options for equipment models and suppliers to choose from that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With such an important investment, it’s important to find the right machines for your facility.
Skip the stress and keep these seven points in mind to make sure you’re buying the best pharmaceutical equipment.
1. THE REPUTATION OF THE EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER
With pharmaceutical machinery being a substantial investment, why risk buying your equipment from a non-reputable, no-name-brand equipment supplier? Reputable equipment suppliers are known for quality—they have the skill and the experience to ensure that when you purchase your pharmaceutical equipment from them you’re investing in high-quality machines.
Don’t risk your money or your production process, trust a reputable equipment manufacturer for all of your equipment needs.
2. OUTPUT CAPACITY
Your output capacity is determined by the speed of your machine, the number of capsules your equipment can produce per hour at that speed, and the number of hours you run your machine per day. While you may be tempted to run your machine at its maximum capacity, it is more important to prioritize management. If something goes wrong in your process and your equipment is running too fast, your operators will not be able to keep up.
3. DIGITAL CAPABILITIES
Information technology has been one of the most influential factors in the pharmaceutical industry. Choosing machines with advanced digital capabilities increases efficiency and ease of use.
From touch screens to all-access control, digital capabilities of pharmaceutical equipment can increase production and make your manufacturing process more manageable.
4. DISCONNECTION EASE
Cleaning is an essential component of your manufacturing process, but it shouldn’t take a copious amount of valuable time away from your production line. When you look for machinery that comes equipped with easy-disconnect features, you’re making the lives of your operators much easier. Cleaning is faster and will take less time away from production.
5. PRODUCTION SCALE
If you’re in the research industry, your needs will be much different from those in the commercial sector. As such, it’s important to find pharmaceutical equipment that is better suited for your type of production.
There are both lab-scale and commercial-scale pharmaceutical machines available to you. Determining what type of equipment you need ahead of time will make your search for the right pharmaceutical equipment more effective.
6. HOW YOUR PRODUCT MIGHT IMPACT YOUR CHOICE
It’s important to always keep in mind how your product may influence your purchasing decision. As an example, if you are not producing an oil-based soft gelatin capsule, an in-line drying system will not effectively dry your product.
To make sure you’re buying the right equipment for your production process contact your equipment provider who can guide you through the best machine options for you.
7. EASE OF USE
Using your pharmaceutical equipment shouldn’t be rocket science. With the proper equipment training, your operators should be able to efficiently operate your machines. If the machines are too complicated to use, this could lead to serious errors in your production process.
Although you don’t want your equipment to be too simple, missing innovative components that could benefit your production process, you also don’t want it to be too difficult to use. Finding a balance between the two is the best way to ensure your machines are making high-quality pharmaceuticals and your employees are capable of managing day-to-day operations.