Sunday, August 25, 2013

Product Volume & API Process Optimization: Connecting the Dots

To the uninitiated, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) look like wiggly, leafless branches, but they can treat diseases. Selected chemicals are reacted to produce the desired effect. The manufacturing processes can be complex. Our job is to create processes that are as simple and environmentally friendly as possible and result in products that meet quality specifications all the time without much interference.

The most important factor in any API business process is the volume of product required to meet global demand. It determines manufacturing process design, equipment selection, and asset utilization, and it influences the overall supply chain.
Traditionally in the chemical industry, product volumes are large enough to warrant producing large quantities at multiple plants. However, pharmaceutical APIs present a different scenario. This needs to be understood and explained.
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