The Big Picture in Nuremberg Mechanical Process Engineering is a Key Technology

Editor: Doris Neukirchen

Progress normally takes place as a relentless series of small incremental steps. The organizers of Powtech and TechnoPharm might well use this truism as their motto. The tandem event which is held every eighteen months continues to attract an increasing number of exhibitors. Once again, all eyes will be on powder, bulk goods, pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics at the end of March 2007 in Nuremberg. Read on to find out more.

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Powtech presents a comprehensive, concentrated overview of the latest developments in mechanical process engineering.
Powtech presents a comprehensive, concentrated overview of the latest developments in mechanical process engineering.
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Powder, granulate and bulk goods are used as building blocks in a large number of everyday products. Mechanical process engineering is a key technology wherever solid raw materials are used or solid, powdery or bulk goods or granulate are produced and processed. Powtech, which will take place again next March in Nuremberg (March 27th - 29th 2007), will present a comprehensive, concentrated overview of the latest developments in the field of mechanical process engineering. Trade visitors from the chemical, pharmaceutical, nonmetallic minerals, ceramics, food, mechanical engineering, packaging, nanotechnology, explosion protection and plant safety industries will have the opportunity to review a whole spectrum of products at a three-day event which is packed with information.

Since 80 percent of all industrially processed dust is explosive, plant safety and industrial explosion protection will be major themes at the show. At its international ESMG Symposium, the European Safety Management Group will present information on process reliability and explosion protection. The talks will focus on industrial incidents involving damage as well as new approaches to safety research, the latest findings on risk assessment, safety engineering, new preventive measures and design for safety. Very impressive demonstrations of gas and dust explosions will be held daily on the exhibition grounds, which will bring home the enormous potential hazards.

The latest developments in particle technology will be on the agenda at the Partec Congress which will be held at the new CCN Ost congress center at the exhibition grounds in Nuremberg. For many years, this congress has been the leading event worldwide for all professionals who work in the field of particle technology. Around 500 guests are expected to attend Partec 2007, which will be under the direction of Wolfgang Peukert who is Chairman of the Solids and Boundary Layer Process Engineering Department at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

From heart drops to lipstick

Powtech always runs in parallel with TechnoPharm , the big pharmaceutical process engineering event. The spotlight will be firmly on equipment and systems which are used to manufacture products in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics industries such as heart drops, instant soup and lipstick. According to the organizer, about 20 percent of the nearly 300 exhibitors who will be at the leading European forum for the life science process technology market will come from outside of Germany. Pharmaceutical counterfeiting and counterfeit-proof packaging will be a major theme at the show. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) estimates that one in ten drugs sold worldwide is a counterfeit. This costs the industry about 17 billion euros of revenue annually, and that figure does not include the follow-on costs which arise due to ineffective or toxic drugs. In the theme pavilion in Hall 12, the experts will present counterfeit products and show how to achieve effective protection against imitations.

Product marking and RFID chips, which create transparency in the logistics chain, and secondary packaging are only some of the options which pharmaceutical manufacturers can use to protect themselves against counterfeiting. The European Congress for Life Science Process Technologies will be held for the second time in conjunction with TechnoPharm. Over the course of three days, experts from Europe and the US will give talks on topics such as aseptic technology, PAT, sensor technology and pharmaceutical packaging. The congress will be organized by the Pharmaceutical Process Technology Consortium (APV). The APV will also stage a symposium entitled „Tomorrow‘s Additives“ and present the results of the „Operative Excellence in the Pharmaceutical Industry“ benchmark study, which APV conducted in collaboration with the University of St. Gallen Technology Management Institute and the Institute for Applied Process Optimization. The organizer and leading exhibitors both agree that the event, which will take place in a favorable economic climate at the end of March, promises to be a big success.