Pharmaceutical products, by the very nature of the industry for which they are created, require very careful control of the moisture content throughout each step of the manufacturing process. The quality of products, raw materials, and processes must be impeccable in order to produce products that meet the strict standards imposed on the pharmaceutical industry as a whole. As such, moisture analysis must be fast and accurate in order to serve the critical role it plays in product and ingredient drying and granulation well. Too much or too little moisture content, even by a single percentage point outside of the specified range, can affect the product or ingredients in many undesirable ways.
Common issues with moisture we’ve helped customers rectify in the past include:
Powder/Pill integrity: Incorrect moisture levels can lead to compaction, crumbling, incorrect solubility and reactivity, a decrease in shelf-life stability, structure, flow characteristics, permeability, lubricity, dissolve rate, and more.
Environmental concerns: Some ingredients at undesired moisture levels can be harmful if handled or inhaled.
Some ingredients may change chemical structure and physical properties or crystallize if there is too much moisture. This can also lead to a non-compacted condition causing the pill to crumble (too little moisture can also have this affect).
Finna Sensors offer the OMNIR moisture sensor to meet industry needs for accurate, instantaneous, non contact, non destructive moisture analysis of pharmaceutical powders, ingredients, and gelatin capsules.
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No more worries about over-drying or under-drying, or scorched product as is typical with heat lamp type gravimetric moisture meters. No more dangerous fumes generated in the heating process.
No more worries about dangerous and expensive chemicals used in tytration type moisture meters.
Not affected by the dielectric properties of the sample as in some gravimetric testing.
Stable readings in the presence of product temperature and color variations.
Measures both high (up to 60%) and low (powders typically 2-5%) moisture content samples instantaneously.
Particle size independent.
No water vapors or fumes generated as in gravimetric testing.
Volume measurement of product rather than small gram size sample.
Continuous moisture measurement either in small sample flows or large flow over conveyor belt or screw conveyor or inside a spray dryer.
For spray dryer applications, the measurement is made inside the dryer with no need for sample extraction.
Instant moisture measurement of gelatin capsules (typically 2-15%) to assure optimum physical properties.
The measurement of moisture in each and every part of the pharmaceutical manufacturing process is crucial. A mixup in this industry can lead to disastrous results, ineffective medication, unintended side-effects, major lawsuits, or even deaths. We understand the critical nature of getting it right, here. That’s why we’re proud to offer such a broad range of solutions that are incredibly accurate and reliable.
OMNIR for Chem/Pharma
The OMNIR On-Line Near Infrared Moisture Sensor not only delivers accurate data instantaneously and non-destructively, it also monitors its own health to help keep your operation running smoothly. Click the button to see how Finna Sensors can assist in augmenting your chemical or pharmaceutical process.