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17.07.2017 Pfizer Germany converts to continuous production

Coperion K-Tron, Niederlenz, Switzerland, has supplied two feeding systems – each comprising five feeders – to Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH in Freiburg, Germany, as part of a project to expand its existing plant and switch to continuous production. The new feeding systems are a key part of the new continuous production concept. At Pfizer, the compact arrangement of pharmaceutical feeders supplied by Coperion K-Tron accurately delivers ingredients into the continuous mixing process, thereby guaranteeing consistent and very high quality end products. In converting the Freiburg facility to continuous production, Pfizer is increasing the flexibility and also sustainability of the plant by implementing various environmentally friendly measures. This makes the Pfizer plant in Freiburg one of the most modern pharmaceutical production facilities in the world – not to mention one of the most highly automated.
In the continuous system, individual production steps – i.e. supplying, feeding and mixing – are linked together in the process without interruption and optimally tuned to one another. Pfizer decided to draw from Coperion K-Tron’s many years of experience and expertise in feeding technology. The scope of supply comprised two complete feeding systems, each consisting of two high-accuracy K-PH-ML-D5-KT20 gravimetric twin screw feeders with ActiFlow™ and P10 Jetfilters, in addition to three K-PH-ML-D5-KT35 gravimetric twin screw feeders with ActiFlow and P10 Jetfilters. Coperion K-Tron digital SFT weighbridges continuously measure the weight of each feeder, allowing the KCM feeder control modules to monitor and regulate the feed rates in a highly accurate manner. 
The Coperion K-Tron infeed system at Pfizer’s Freiburg plant integrates five feeders as part of a continuous production process

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