Gases: a key role in the pharmaceutical and food industries - background
News & Events 30/09/2021

Gases: a key role in the pharmaceutical and food industries


Hydrogen, nitrogen and zero air are among the most widely used gases in strategic sectors such as the basic chemical and pharmaceutical industries and the food industry, both in terms of packaging and bottling, metallurgy and electronic production, as well as in laboratory field of research and development.

These sectors are often regulated by specific guidelines, as happens in the pharmaceutical field, through GMP (good manufacturing practices), GLP (good laboratory practice) and GDP, (Gross Domestic Product) and where manufacturers are required to adopt proactive measures to guarantee safety. The value of gases in the various stages of production in this complex supply chain is crucial because they enable the preservation of active ingredients, prevent oxidation risks, regulate the atmosphere, for example in cell research, and have an inerting or inhibiting effect on certain chemical and physical processes. We are talking about gases that must necessarily comply with quality of purity, efficacy and safety and, for this reason, are produced and supplied by approved instruments certified to the highest regulatory standards.

In short, the role of gas is truly strategic and fundamental, so much so that in recent years the trend has significantly increased, especially thanks to new production techniques that require ever-increasing quality of the final product in a short time. But there is a further aspect that should not be overlooked, namely the possibility of generating gases directly using technologically advanced instruments, which will result in a high degree of purity.

 For this reason, having generators with molecular sieves with high gas separation capacity, in order to guarantee stable nitrogen purity and high performances over time, makes a big difference. Indeed, it should be seen as part of an innovative process that can save compressed air consumption by up to 20%, reducing both energy costs and the maintenance of filters and air compressors.

In addition, the development of so-called "Plug & Play" generators, sized to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, significantly increases reliability, both through the use of high quality internal parts combined with engineering aimed at long life. The consequence is the absence of maintenance, if not only after long intervals of time, and therefore reduced costs for consumable and spare parts. A process, undoubtedly much more sustainable than in the past, which triggers a circular economy increasingly requested by the European Union, considering the undoubtedly dangerous nature of cylinders and their transport. In short, alternative routes exist and represent the main road towards greater respect and awareness of the world around us.


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