There are many processes in the manufacturing of medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and biotech products that generate static electricity. These issues are compounded by low humidity and the flammable nature of some of the solvents and fine powders used.
Problems can range from product misbehaviour to shocks to operators. Although many are not harmful, they are still troublesome and negatively impact productivity or the quality of the product.
Fraser has developed a range of solutions for the life sciences industry that solves the issues of static in order to maintain and improve quality, productivity and safety within its manufacturing environments.
Isolator/Gloveboxes are usually negatively pressurised. The dry continuous air or gas flows generate troublesome environmental static charges that can cause attraction of contaminants or product misbehaviour.Find out more
For medical devices such as inhaler valves, it is essential to ensure the airways are free from contamination. The purging process at the cleaning station can generate static charges and may not remove particles held in place by existing static charges.Find out more
Hard tablets are very dry and the subsequent and numerous collisions of these tablets during collection can cause very high static charges within the collection container. These charges can cause painful operator shocks as well as unwanted contamination attraction.Find out more
Small pharmaceutical components or tablets being oriented into the right position by bowl feeders for transportation on single line delivery systems can generate charges that cause static attraction or repulsion of those parts.Find out more
Laminar-flow air on pharmaceutical vial filling stations bathes the line, but can generate very high static charges on surfaces within the critical environment. These static charges will attract contaminants and can corrupt the sensitive electronics of the checkweighing stations.Find out more
In the manufacture of medical-liquid test strips, chemically pre-treated card-like sheets are slit into slim strips of liquid testing tabs. When being funnelled into their final packaging containers, the statically charged lightweight strips can stick to each other and to the walls of the funnel.Find out more
At capsule filling stations, static charge can cause dose weighing to be inaccurate as a result of the material adhering to the weighing plate and not dropping as required. Additionally, static electricity can also corrupt the sensitive electronics.Find out more
We understand the electrostatic challenges that new materials, faster speeds, complex machinery and advances in industrial processes can present. This resource provides easy access to product brochures, information on static electricity and how it can be measured, removed or generated in specific applications.