The UK pharmaceutical industry has been growing steadily in recent years with no signs of slowing down…
Recent statistics from the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry found that the UK pharmaceutical industry has invested over £11.5 million in research and development while employing over 73,000 trained staff.
The pharmaceutical industry is an essential player for the United Kingdom and its economy. To give you an idea of how vital this industry is, in 2017, the annual turnover of pharmaceutical goods wholesalers in the UK was over 42 billion GBP.
And in light of Brexit, it’ll be held in even higher regard to bring in revenue in the UK in the future.
Its growing success can be attributed to a more intense focus on the population’s health and an ever-growing selection of life-promoting products & supplements on the market and pharmaceutical companies proactively looking for ways to cut costs and boost process efficiency.
Which are why non-stick coatings have been embraced during the production and manufacturing process to reduce wastage, increase production yields and ultimately increase the bottom line.
‘Almost’ In the words of Mary Poppins…”Coatings Make The Medicine Go Down“
The 20th century has witnessed the pharmaceutical industry undergo a series of radical changes which played a massive role in increasing the life expectancy and the health of the general public.
Today, there are many ways to take pills and capsules without any trouble, but that wasn’t always the case.
It dates back as far as 1834 when François Mothes, a young chemist from France, invented the gelatin capsule which solves the problem of taking foul-tasting liquids or powders, and also standardising the measurements right for each dose.
Advancements were made which led to polymer coatings being applied to make the tablet smoother and easier to swallow enter into the stomach before it dissolves to utilize its medicinal potential fully.
(Simply take it with a sip of water, and you’re good).
But apart from polymer coatings making tablets and capsules much easier to swallow, they also play an important role in modern manufacturing.
Non-Stick Coatings In A Manufacturing Setting.
Every modern industry relies on reliable non-stick solutions, and the pharmaceutical industry is no different. When coatings are applied to specific parts of the equipment it can improve & scale the machine’s efficiency.
Common uses of non-stick technology can be seen in:
Tablet rollers – With such large volumes of tablets and pills being produced, controlling wastage is vital to keeping costs down. When specific coatings are applied to tablet rollers, they prevent the build-up of powder ingredients that, if left unattended, would create excess waste and lead to downtime to clean equipment.
Guide rails – Coatings reduce friction and aid the passage of bottles and through the packaging process.
Chutes, Hoppers & Mixing Vessels – With the correct non-stick coating, it will aid the passage of ingredients through the manufacturing process, saving in clean downtime and lost product which can only add to the bottom line.
Barrier Coatings – In instances where harsh chemicals are used in production, certain coatings will create a barrier on equipment and provide corrosion resistance, increasing its lifespan before replacement or refurbishment is needed.
Packaging Pre-heat and Sealing Machinery – One of the best qualities of nonstick coated equipment is the ability to be heatproofed. Where high temperatures are needed in the packaging process, non-stick coatings are designed to withstand these without imparting any of their own chemical makeup to the product they are manufacturing.
Sliding and Rotating Machinery Parts – The application of non-stick coatings will ensure these vital components will keep running at optimal performance and not slow down the production line through excessive ‘wear and tear.’
Storage Racks & Trays – When coatings are applied to these widely used pieces of equipment in a lab setting, cleaning and maintenance are reduced and along with the need for harsh and expensive chemicals.
Just the tip of the iceberg…
Non-stick coatings remain a critical part of the UK pharmaceutical industry. The introduction to the manufacturing process has helped production managers and engineers in the sector streamline their company systems, increase yields, reduce wastage, and create a superior product for their customers.
Although prevalent throughout the industry, there are still many areas where non-stick coatings and their uses in the pharmaceutical industry are still being explored.
At Product Release, we invite pharmaceutical companies to contact us anytime to discuss the obstacles you face and use our decades of experience to develop solutions for your non-stick manufacturing needs.
If you would like to know more about how Product Release could help with your with your pharmaceutical needs, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts, who can discuss your problem and recommend an innovative solution.