Italian company FPS specialised in the production of containment and micronisation systems for fine chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Over the past 18 years, FPS has become the world’s leading manufacturer of High Containment insulators for fine powders, with over 1,000 systems installed. The FPS global technical team supports these systems in the 40 countries where they are installed.
Recently, FPS and a major European manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) had to face a challenging project concerning the micronisation process of a specific product. R&D and Test Centre trials have been performed in order to obtain the requested performance in term of final particle size distribution (PSD) and productivity. Our process specialist, in collaboration with the customer, studied and tested in detail the geometric and process parameters to maximise the requested results.
The requested system is designed considering four different steps: product charging, product micronising, separation of product from process gas, product discharging and packing-off system.
The product is charged in an isolator that is installed on the first floor. An automated drum lifting and turning device is provided to connect the drum that contains the product to the isolator for powder discharging. Inside the isolator, the bag is opened and the product is transported into the dosing hopper at ground floor by gravity. In order to achieve better control of the dosing phase, a gravimetric dosing unit is installed. Micronised product is transported through a dedicated line to the separation cyclone filter installed on the first floor to the side of the charging isolator. Micronised powder is recovered and discharged by means of a dedicated pack-off discharging system completed with an automated weighing system.
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