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Pharma Hyrdo System
The Pharma Hydro System is a concept around which Pharma Handling develops several technical solutions for the washing process of containers (bins, drums, etc) and/or components used in the production lines of the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.  


The unique design characteristics and requirements that each project might need, can determine the complexity levels of the machines used in the washing process.


The unique design characteristics and requirements that each project might need, can determine the complexity levels of the machines used in the washing process.


Pharma Handling’s team is composed of experienced experts in the sector, that are able to listen to the customers’ needs and provide custom solutions for any production line. 


Technological innovation is the strong point that characterizes Pharma Handling System in terms of reliability, performance repeatability and everything related to the automation process.


Hydro systems are equipped with Siemens technology as standard, but can also be controlled by the Rockwell automation system.


They could have a simple touch screen HMI where the operator can set the washing parameters, but also PC panels where the operator can set a recipe, the company can manage the "data integrity", interconnect the machine with upper management and supervision systems, archive data internally, or in predefined network paths.The number of opportunities is as high as the wide field of application in the chemical-pharmaceutical sector.

Hydro System pumping unit

The Hydro System pumping unit has been designed to work "stand alone", connected to a semi-automatic washing station or to a fully automatic washing cabin.

All stations are typically composed of the following features:

  • Piping in AISI 316L
  • Grounded and mirror-polished tig weldings
  • Main pump with body in AISI316
  • Internal piping completely blown by compressed air 
  • Only one utilities collection point - inlet/outlet

For the washing process every machine can:

  • Manage at least two types of water inlet
  • Manage several water line outlets
  • Wash with high pressure (up to 70-100 bar) or low pressure washing (up to 6 bar)
  • Contain up to three detergent dosing groups
  • Heat exchanger unit for heating water by steam
  • Control water flow rate with a transducer on the upstream of the pump
  • Conductivity and/or pH control of the wash water
  • Manage a storage tank for the off-line wash water heating 
  • Manage wash water recirculation to save water and detergent

The "Stand alone" semi-automatic washing stations

The "Stand alone" semi-automatic washing stations are isles located in areas dedicated to the washing of IBC containers.

The washing process can be manual or semi-automatic.

The main frame can be: 

  • Fixed or mobile 
  • With a vertical telescopic support for Hydrokinetic head for internal bin washing 
  • Manual washing nozzle for external bin surfaces, pallet or drums
  • Clamp type connection for the pumping group
  • Connection between IBC internal surfaces and drying AHU

The IBC and component washing machine

The IBC and component washing machine, is a cabin in which the element to be washed is positioned inside.

The basic geometry of the box is versatile to accommodate different types of existing IBCs.

The overall dimensions are approximately 2100 mm x 2100 mm for the single box version with separate pumping and drying unit.

The height of the cabin depends on the height of the IBC that needs to be washed. Pharma Handling does not impose any specific commitment, but evaluates the best mix between functionality, ease of use, and layout constraints.

The washroom is round as it is the best geometrical solution to allow the container rotation during the washing and drying phases, optimizing the efficiency and reducing the cycle time. 

The cabin’s structure is made of AISI316, as well as all components in contact with the washing liquid, the feeding pipe of the lateral water ramp, and the nozzles. The pipes and the pump are completely drainable.

Following the concept of modularity, we can offer several options. The most common ones: 

  • Single door or double door with inflatable seal;Installation on the floor or partially underground so that it can be loaded by trans pallet or wheeled IBC;
  • 2B finishing or mirror-polished finishing on all the internal surfaces;
  • Automation for door opening;
  • Automation for bin loading or unloading;Washing and drying in a single or double cabin;
  • Porthole on the enter/exit door;
  • Quick release connection for washing components rack and accessories; 
  • Conductibility control, pH control, sample collecting valve;
  • On-board cabin pumping group  
  • External panels in satin-finished AISI304A

Hydro kinetic spray head brings it down into the IBC by a pneumatic telescopic cylinder which ensures a small footprint and maximum coverage of the inner surface of the IBC.


A couple of lateral ramps, fixed on the cabin, wash the external surfaces of the IBC. 

Two nozzles are positioned on the rotating platform to wash the lower IBC valve.

The operator can open the valve before starting the washing cycle or it can be opened automatically (that depends on the valve’s geometry).

At the end of the washing cycle, there is a blowing and draining phase on the surface of the IBC with purified compressed air to prevent water stagnation.

Automation

The Automation world, for the Pharma Hydro System, standardly has SIMENS for the PLC, whereas for the HMI panel there are several options. Much depends on the hardware configuration of the machine and the level of control and reporting required for the specific application. 

All the Software solutions are designed according to GAMPS guidelines and have a modular structure for easy validation during the start-up phase.

The operator interface can be very essential for the stand-alone pumping unit or with the ability to set parameters in a touchscreen HMI interface for semi-automatic machines, PC panels for washing recipe management, multi-level access domain, CFR21 part 11 management and “Data integrity” management guideline compliance.

The more advanced systems are developed on the SCADA platform called Ifix by GE.

Thanks to this platform we are able to develop all graphic pages for the management entire machine parameters, washing recipe, the display and identification of alarms and events, the final reporting.

The system has incorporated an “Historian” function that allows a secure storage of “raw data”, which can be updated and/or consulted as needed.

Thanks to all the PC’s connectivity, the system can manage the exchange of data with upper systems, the local or centralized users’ domain, etc…