Essential Equipment in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Essential Equipment in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical industry uses a wide variety of equipment, such as capsule-filling machines, x-ray inspection systems and spray-drying accessories. It is an industry that cannot afford to miss precision. There are advanced technologies used in the pharmaceutical sciences during every step of the process, from composition, formulation, preparation or manufacturing, and quality control. All the equipment works in a highly controlled and regulated environment. Almost every step can be automated thanks to the high level of technology used. 

This article looks at some essential equipment used in a pharmaceutical manufacturing setup.


The autoclave is a functional steriliser that is indispensable to pharmaceutical manufacturing. It is essential to every laboratory and is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment for decontaminating lab materials. It uses high heat and high pressure to achieve this.

Capsule Sealing Machine

Capsule selling machine is essential to any pharmaceutical manufacturing company which produces drug tablets. This is a mechanical device that fills the powder form of the active material into empty capsules. This machine fills and seals each capsule, becoming a functional drug product.

High-Pressure Homogeniser

The function of a homogeniser is to reduce the size of the particle. In a pharmaceutical setup, a high-pressure homogeniser forces fluid through a narrow field at high pressure, reducing the particle size to create immersions, suspensions, lipids and dispersions. This device has a very high cost and value in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tablet Coating Pan

The Tablet coating pan is a machine that is used to apply a coating of choice to the tablet score. It uses different coating types and ingredient ratios according to the product. This machine applies a solution of coating ingredients to a group of tablets in a bed that moves vertically or horizontally. The solvent is evaporated due to heated air. This is an incredibly intricate process. 

Vessel (AKA Batch Reactor)

Vessels or batch reactors are staples in most industries. In the pharmaceutical industry, a batch reactor is what serves as an environment for chemical reactions to take place. In pharmaceuticals, it is used for R&D purposes for smaller batches. 


An aspirator is a traditional mode of creating an adjustable vacuum. It consists of a pump device with a controllable pressure gauge. It is an expensive way of creating a moderate vacuum in modern pharmaceutical industries.

Pharmaceutical feeders

Two types of pharmaceutical feeders are used in the industry: volumetric feeders and gravimetric feeders. Volumetric feeders control flow by constant volume per time. It regulates the speed of the feeding device and is used when a low level of accuracy is needed, like batch processing. Gravimetric feeders are high-accuracy, real-time devices that meter the rate at a constant weight per unit of time. 

Pharmaceutical Extruders 

This device accelerates the throughput and potential of large-scale drug delivery. The extrudate can be shaped into tablets, ground into powders, or mixed with other excipients. 

Packaging Equipment

Packaging is essential to every pharmaceutical industry. One of the most common packets is the blister packet. It is used to pack tablets, capsules, injection solutions of gels, syringes and other medical items. There are also bottling and filling lines for filling bottles with liquids or containers with tablets, soft gels and capsules. 

Product Inspection System

A product inspection system is another key equipment that spots and removes end-of-line defects, maintaining consistency and quality of final products. Reputable companies like Diverseco can provide you with some of the most reliable product inspection systems Australia has to offer.

The pharmaceutical industry has advanced in bounds and leaps with the advent of advanced technology. With highly sophisticated machinery, drugs that are used to treat critical illnesses can be manufactured quickly and made available to the masses. Such an industry must stay ahead with technology. 

About the author


Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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