The pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetics industry generates a variety of products that can become a nuisance dust during production and packaging. Depending on the application, there may be concern with cross contamination of other products, cGMP issues, as well as occupational exposure limits to limit plant worker exposure to active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s).
Many pharmaceutical dusts are combustible and those operations generating or handling pharmaceutical dusts can require special mitigation efforts to minimize fire and explosion risks. Standards such as NFPA 654 can provide guidance for those who generate and handle these types of dusts.
Pharmaceutical dusts may also have identified adverse health impacts, and special mitigation strategies may be required to limit occupational exposure below levels OSHA or other health organizations have established for these materials.
Donaldson Torit® advanced-technology cartridge dust collectors and a variety of filter media that conquer the challenges of most types of industrial dusts, including pharmaceutical, chemical, grain, bulk/powder, food, metal and others.
The best-in-class Downflo® Evolution (DFE) dust collector is capable of reducing equipment size and number of required filters by up to 40% compared to a typical cartridge collector.
The high performance Downflo® Oval (DFO) family of dust collectors provides up to 25% more filtration capacity than other same-sized cartridge collectors.
Vibra Shake™ is a self-cleaning collector for intermittent applications where high collection efficiency is essential, such as reclaiming precious metals.
We offer a complete line of dependable, rugged baghouse dust collectors including RF, Dalamatic®, IRD, Unimaster® and many others to keep your operation running smoothly.
The Dalamatic® dust collector is an automatic reverse-jet fabric filter dust collector. It is most suitable for continuous process applications involving heavy-duty product recovery, or collection of large concentrations of nuisance dust.
Collector Design Considerations
Pharmaceutical Processes That May Generate Dust
Learn about the Donaldson Torit® Custom Bag-In/ Bag-Out (BIBO) process. This custom sealed filter change-out procedure was tested with the Broadspire surrogate testing protocol to an occupational exposure limit of less than 1 microgram per cubic meter exposure over an eight hour period. The standard operating procedure is identical to the ILC Dover 15.2 m / 50 ft liner change out.
Watch video footage taken during actual SMEPAC testing at the ILC Dover test facility. The video depicts a portion of the process for replacing the Donaldson Torit® custom dust collector hopper discharge system utilizing the ILC Dover 15.2 m / 50 ft Continuous Liner. Test results confirmed an occupational exposure limit of less than 1 microgram per cubic meter exposure over an eight hour period. The standard operating procedure (SOP) is identical to the filter BIBO change out.
The following video depicts a portion of the process for the ILC Dover crimping tool as used on the custom Donaldson Torit Bag-in/Bag-out system.