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An Overview of Cable Solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry

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And the pace of investments and partnerships is picking up. Approximately `120 billion is to be invested in pharmaceutical sector this financial year and the domestic pharmaceutical machinery production is expected to be `26.1 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow to `46 billion by 2020.

India has an edge with excellent and worldclass national laboratories specializing in process development and development of cost effective technologies. Intelligent cabling solutions play a crucial role in catering to the growing needs of quality and innovation in pharmaceutical processing. Specialized wires and cables ensure that the manufacturing facilities perform reliably with minimum maintenance.

Essential Characteristics of Cables

  • The cables employed in this industry must be versatile, flexible, and space-efficient. With the advent of compact machines, accommodating thick cables in the machines is extremely challenging.
  • They should also be resistant to sunlight, moisture, and vapor penetration. Constantly shutting down the machine for maintenance reduces productivity.
  • For ease of recognition, cables should be color coded
  • Impact and crush resistant cables always gain an upper hand in these applications
  • Low-adhesive surface, resistant to hydrolysis
  • Must mandatorily be flame retardant, and HFFR (halogen free fire resistant)
  • They should be free from oxidation (corrosion resistant)
  • The industry favors cables which do not need additional conduits and ducts for safety purposes. In fact, some sectors do not even encourage the use of any corrugated cables, to prevent the risk of dust and chemical accumulation.
  • Joint-free cables are ideally preferred as they lower the losses and prevent excessive heating up of the cables
  • They must comprise of abrasion resistant insulation
  • They should be oil-resistant and should be able to withstand vibrations
  • Sectors like, pharmaceuticals are clean room applications. To prevent contaminations in such applications, cables have to be dust resistant and chemically stable. They should also not contain any structural irregularity.
  • Cables should be chemically protected
  • The cables must be Restriction of Hazardous Substance (ROHS) compliant.
  • For iron and steel and food and processing sectors, the use of high temperature resistant cables is mandatory (the maximum temperature is to be dictated by the application)
  • Some applications demand that the components used in them, including cables, adhere to international standards. Compromising on these demands could lead to hazardous risks, especially in the process industry.