News reaches us from New Jersey in the US of the increased awareness of the importance of gases in the pharmaceuticals industry, to be highlighted this week by a presentation from a leading figure from The Linde Group.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers grappling with greater product complexity and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements are recognising the increased importance of gas supply.

Added to this, Linde’s Katrin Akerlindh, Global Business Development Manager, special products and chemicals, will describe the production, supply and end use of the gases required for pharmaceutical manufacturing at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering’s (ISPE) Regulatory Compliance Conference.

The conference is being held this week in Washington D.C. and Akerlindh said,
“Pharmaceutical manufacturers should look to their gases supplier to design and deliver cost-effective solutions to ensure high product quality and regulatory compliance. Linde partners with our customers to identify the right product and supply configurations to meet their most stringent manufacturing needs.”

As a world-leading gases and engineering company, Linde has a global footprint and years of engineering expertise that enables it to produce and supply gases that meet the pharmaceutical industry’s rigorous standards.

Linde supplies customers with quantities ranging from large volumes of nitrogen for inerting and purging to tiny amounts of specialty gases for bench testing, while also offering customers patented technologies for enhancing their laboratory and manufacturing processes - including wastewater treatment, reaction cooling and volatile organic emission control.

The Linde CUMULUS® Fluid Temperature Control technology for example, provides fast and accurate cooling of heat transfer fluids through an indirect application of liquid nitrogen, which regulates temperatures within +/- 1ºC, said Beatrice Chinh, Head of Pharmaceuticals Applications Development at Linde.

“The CUMULUS technology’s precise low-temperature control results in improved reaction selectivity, repeatability, higher quality and yield. The system’s compact design footprint also allows easy retrofit installation and repositioning to other areas of the plant when the process changes,” Chinh said.

For aerobic wastewater treatment too, Linde helps manufacturers identify the correct oxygen supply configurations and the proper amounts of carbon dioxide for controlling pH levels in effluent water.

ISPE is the world’s largest not-for-profit association dedicated to educating and advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals and their industry. Founded in 1980, today ISPE serves 25,000 members in 90 countries.