Pharmaceutical Facility Efficiency: 4 Easy Improvements

Pharmaceutical Facility Efficiency: 4 Easy Improvements

4 Ways to Improve the Efficiency of Your Pharmaceutical Facility

As a plant manager or manufacturing professional working in the pharmaceutical industry, chances are that you are already well aware of the importance of improving and maintaining energy efficiency in your facility. But just how important is it? According to the U.S. Census, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in the U.S. spend nearly $1 billion each year for the fuel and electricity they need to keep their facilities running.

With a new year comes new opportunities to bring energy efficiency and savings to the forefront of your compressed air system within your pharmaceutical facility. Compressed air is one of the least energy-efficient applications in any pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. The good news is that with the right solutions, huge savings can be achieved at very little cost to you. In fact, savings can range from 20% to 50% or more of total system electricity consumption (Pfizer Environmental, Health and Safety Report).

Generally, the most effective way to improve the efficiency of your pharmaceutical facility is to maintain and monitor equipment. Compressed air equipment must be replaced preemptively in order to ensure a continuous and smoothly-functioning system.  You can achieve maximum savings with these four fail-proof techniques:

 

  1. Install pressure gauges on each receiver or main branch line and differential pressure gauges across dryers and filters.

  2. Use temperature gauges across the compressor and its cooling system to detect fouling and blockages.

  3. Measure the quantity of air used with flow meters.

  4. Monitor the effectiveness of air dryers with dew-point temperature gauges.


Here at Industrial Controls, we want to help you meet your strategic efficiency goals by providing you with the products and solutions you need to reduce overall manufacturing costs (while simultaneously reducing environmental emissions!) We have the widest selection of manufacturers to meet all of your pharmaceutical facility needs, as well as the support personnel to see you through on all projects.

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