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Pumps in the Pharmceutical Industry

Up to the GMP–Challenge with AODD Pumps

| Author / Editor: Peter Schüten* / Dominik Stephan

In 2007, Ofichem was looking to upgrade the pumping equipment at the lab and reached out to Gerrit Klaassen, Commercial Director of Holland Air Pumps, Oirschot, The Netherlands, for some recommendations. “For me, it was obvious that Ofichem needed a safe pump in this environment, one that has no leakage,” said Klaassen. “A plastic pump that is easily cleaned and has no corroding parts, that would be ideal for the application.”

As it happens, Holland Air Pumps is a distributor of air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps from Almatec, Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, which is a founding member of PSG, a Dover company based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, USA. In analyzing Ofichem’s API-production setup, Klaassen determined that the Almatec E-Series and CX Series AODD Pumps would be the ideal solutions.

Why Cheaper Can Be More Expensive in the End

E-Series and CX Series pumps are made of solid-block PE conductive and rated for use in explosion-protected areas, meeting the Atex requirements of European Directive 2014/34/E. In terms of operation, these pumps are self-­priming and dry-run capable, and possess the ability to empty containers completely. Air consumption and operating cost are optimized with the patented, maintenance-free Perswing air-control. “Ofichem chose these pumps because they are reliable, easy to clean, Atex-certified, and have very quiet operation,” said Ekkelkamp.

“If you buy a cheaper pump but have downtime of one month every year, then the pump is not cheaper,” added Egberts. “With these pumps we have very low downtime and that’s the most important for us: If our production time is down one day we will lose at least € 7,425. That’s why we choose pumps based on quality, not price.”

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