Air Quality and the Pharmaceutical Industry

sterile air filtersEach facility has unique needs when it comes to air compression; and it’s not surprising that compressed air is held to a very high standard in the pharmaceutical industry, where cleanliness is especially critical. As the pharmaceutical industry has grown, also has its utilization of compressed air for breathing air, operation of equipment and instrument air. The primary challenges to air quality in this industry are:
Oil contamination found in compressed air originat
es from oil particles present in the immediate environment, as well as compressor fluids and lubricants. Other contributors are vehicle exhaust and industrial activity. Using oil-free compressors can limit this type of pollution.

Moisture is another common contaminant, and can be harmful as it provides a breeding ground for bacteria. Moisture can also react with certain materials causing corrosion or rust, thus causing damage. In this case, coalescing filters should be used to remove water aerosols and liquid water.

Solid Particulates
Solid particulates can also pose a threat to the quality of compressed air. Dirt, pollen and other fine particles in the environment can build up in an air compressor and cause obstructions, negatively affecting performance.

Considering the wide range of uses for compressed air and sterile air filters in the pharmaceutical industry, it can be difficult to establish a standard. To determine the best equipment for your particular facility, contact an expert at Greenleaf Filtration.