In the ongoing rush to meet budget goals and save on manufacturing, many pharmaceutical companies compromise on their equipment costs. The global marketplace has helped to keep prices for all major manufacturing components at a much more competitive point. However, this ongoing push for lower costs has also yielded a highly risky area of low-quality equipment, which could significantly affect your overall potential.
Even in the pharmaceutical industry, quality equipment matters. In fact, you may be surprised at just how many negative consequences will emerge when you opt for cheaper and lower-quality equipment.
Understanding the Need for Quality Equipment
When you invest in better manufacturing equipment, the initial adoption costs may seem alarming. This holds especially true when comparable alternatives are available at a much lower initial investment. However, the true cost of inferior equipment will emerge over time, and these expenses will often far exceed the initial funds you invest in higher-quality equipment.
Consequences of using cheap or inferior equipment include the following:
- Long-Term Costs Over Time
Initial investment costs may appear intimidating when compared to the alternatives. However, you need to extrapolate equipment costs over time. If you’re continually investing in replacement parts and repairs, you’re continuing to spend money. Furthermore, you’re interrupting and slowing down production, which will inevitably hemorrhage even more spending into your process.
- Production Interruptions
As mentioned, problems with trays can slow down or even fully halt the production process. If you’re worrying about equipment maintenance, you cannot focus your efforts on the production itself. These slowdowns can affect your overall yield potential – lowering customer satisfaction and interfering with your revenue potential.
- Lowered Product Quality
Depending on your equipment, cheaper alternatives could have a direct effect on the quality of your pharmaceutical products. For example, a pharmaceutical production firm may opt for cheaper plastic drying trays within their process. During one specific phase, high temperatures may cause those trays to melt slightly. This melting then offsets vials and leads to inconsistent results.
In this example, the lower cost of plastic trays caused a cascading level of problems within the production process. This type of reliance on inferior equipment extends far beyond drying and loading trays. The consequences of inferior equipment can trickle into the practically of every other area of production. This will ultimately lead to inconsistency in product quality and a much less reliable production process.
Equipment Example: Composite Soft Gel Drying Trays and Vial Loading Trays
One simple way to implement an improved manufacturing process is through the use of composite materials. For instance, Chemtech’s line of soft gel and vial loading trays utilize a proprietary fiberglass composite for enhanced strength, durability, and heat/cold resistance.
Typical plastic or metal trays are much more susceptible to temperature and durability issues during the production process. Even moderate temperature shifts over time can negatively affect a cheaper plastic or metal tray. Cracks, bending, warping, and related problems can significantly impact your production potential. Even worse, poorly functioning equipment can lead to lower quality products across the board.
By opting for a composite tray, you can expect a much higher level of quality and longevity within this essential piece of equipment. Chemtech’s composite material was designed from the ground up to maintain its structural integrity under the rigorous demands placed on it throughout the pharmaceutical manufacturing process. Plastic trays may melt under high temperatures, and certain metal trays such as iron or steel may become brittle and crack at extremely low temperatures (source). Composite trays are able to endure both ends of the spectrum to ensure your operation continues without any added complications.
Beyond its structural strength, composite-based trays are often easier to clean and maintain than their cheaper alternatives. This also ensures a quality control point across your manufacturing process.
Finally, corrosion is another problem many soft gel and vial drying trays may encounter over time – particularly in vaccine production. Fortunately, high-grade composites like those produced by Chemtech are engineered to eliminate corrosion problems. This will ensure a much longer overall life for your trays with fewer problems through their life cycle.
Chemtech: Your Source for Premium Soft Gel and Vial Loading Trays
When it comes to effective equipment used during the production process, Chemtech has continued to provide industry-leading soft gel trays for vaccine production lines. Using advanced manufacturing technologies alongside premium components, their composite trays have set a new standard of quality across the pharmaceutical industry. Their trays maintain a stringent level of quality which ensures a much greater success potential for your production – in vaccine production and beyond. Trays meet FDA Title 21 C
To achieve the best possible production results, you need the best components during the manufacturing process. Let Chemtech help you exceed your expectations with our high-grade soft gel drying trays and vial loading trays. To learn more about what we offer, contact us today at 888-709-8070, or visit our website www.chemtech-us.com