UK: Pharmaceutical Teaching Plant Gea Supplies Multipurpose Platform for Integrated Pilot Plant at the University of Sheffield
The new Diamond Pilot Plant (Dipp) at the University of Sheffield features a continuous powder processing plant from Gea. The new facility will manufacture pharmaceutical tablets from blends of model active ingredients and excipients and will spearhead industry driven research and learning for engineering students across the globe.
Düsseldorf/Germany — Students will use, test and explore integrated processes with state-of-the-art simulations and world-class control systems in a safe, production-orientated environment, the company announced. At the heart of the University’s plant is GEA’s Consigma CTL 25, a multipurpose platform that has been designed to transfer powder into tablets in development, pilot, clinical and production volumes in a single compact unit. The system can perform dosing and mixing of raw materials, wet granulation, drying, tableting and quality control, all in one line. Gea's technology was selected by Sheffield during a competitive tender process.
According to Project Lead, Professor Agba Salman, product development using continuous powder processing platforms was becoming the first choice in the pharmaceutical industry. The integrated powder processing line at Sheffield would help to address knowledge gaps using experimental and modelling techniques and support industry’s drive to adopt continuous solid oral dosage manufacturing technologies, he added. Phil Gabb, Gea’s Head of Solid Dosage Sales Support said that the industry needed well-trained graduates who understand the processes involved in solid dosage production. His company recognized the need to collaborate with academics, as well as other suppliers to the industry, to ensure that the full potential of this technology is achieved.
Dipp has cutting-edge equipment, software and products supplied by manufacturing companies including Nitech, Solaris Biotech and Gea. The pilot plant can also be used for training industry employees in modern engineering processes and tools.