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Integrated Industrial Vibratory Sieving Solution for High-Containment Pharmaceutical Production Lines

When a leading global pharmaceutical producer sought multiple contained powder handling systems, Howorth Air Technology combined its expertise with that of Russell Finex, a global manufacturer of pharmaceutical sieving and filtration equipment.

The customer had previously held concerns about operator exposure during the processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and two systems were required to guarantee containment in two key production areas.

Firstly, a Howorth WORKSAFE™ containment booth was supplied, where pharmaceutical powders would be weighed and transferred into a hopper then vacuum-conveyed into an IBC via an integrated sieving system. The Russell Compact Airswept Sieve™ was recommended on this occasion.

This aseptic pneumatic sifter combines industry-proven Russell Compact Sieve® technology with vacuum conveying lines, ensuring powders can be check-screened in one dust-tight operation. The sieving unit is also quick and easy to dismantle, reducing downtime between processes.

A Howorth Isolator System (also known as a glove box) was supplied to the customer. APIs would be loaded into the isolator, vacuum-conveyed and screened via another integrated sieve system. A customised aseptic pneumatic sieve was engineered, combining a Russell Compact Airswept Sieve™ with the Russell Compact Airlock Sieve™ clamping system.

This vacuum-conveying screener provides all the benefits of pneumatic sieving technology with the patented twist, lock and inflate (TLI) airlock clamping system that is designed to provide effortless operation, ideal for integration inside a glove box.

Founded in 1934, Russell Finex has 85 years of expertise servicing the pharmaceutical industry with sieving and filtration solutions.

Howorth engineers a range of powder containment solutions and aseptic systems for medical, pharmaceutical and other industries.

The company manufactures high-quality customised products and turnkey systems to clients throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

To speak with one of the company’s specialists please contact Russell Finex today.