Wet central pharmaceutical vacuum systems are specifically to assist pharmaceutical facilities comply with regulations
that prohibit disposal of liquids containing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and non-regulated PPCPs into municipal wastewater sewer systems and municipal wastewater
treatment plants (WWTP).
This pharmaceutical liquid recovery system provides multiple hose connections located throughout a facility where wash-down processes occur. The liquid generated from the wash-down process (containing the API and PPCPs) is vacuumed into
a sanitary tubing network and then collected in a wet separator.
When the central tubing network needs to go vertical, special
tubing valves are available to eliminate water falling back down
the tubing network when the system shuts down.
A unique washable, corrosion-resistant filter media then
separates the liquid from the airstream and an integral pump
transfers the solution to an in-house treatment system designed to address the APIs and PPCPs prior to discharge to
the local municipal WWTP.
Depending on the treatment process, the liquid may also
be suitable for re-use within the pharmaceutical facility via a
closed looped treatment system. Other features of this type
of industrial vacuum system include a full controls package,
liquid level sensors, sanitary construction, and protective sec-
ondary containment in the event of a release during mainte-
nance or normal operations.
Vacuum technology is also ideal for limiting solids deliv-
ered to WWTPs which can cost processors upwards of $10,000
a month in back-charges. To keep solids from entering drains,
vacuum technology experts borrowed techniques used in
other industries and applied them to pharmaceutical and
food applications to separate materials in the vacuum stream.
These types of systems are constructed of stainless steel and
built from the ground up to be explosion proof.
Whether employing a central vacuum system to eliminate harmful waste from the wastewater stream, employing
vacuum conveying systems to eliminate hazards, increasing
the speed at which a processing line operates or streamlining
production through automation, working with a manufacturer who has extensive experience in the delivery of powders
ensures that pharmaceutical processors get the right equipment for the job. CP
DOAN PENDLETON, vice president at VAC-U-MAX, is an expert in vacuum
technology with nearly 30 years experience designing and engineering vacuum conveying systems and industrial vacuum cleaners. Visit the company
online at www.vac-u-max.com.
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