New hygienic pharma sieve installed at Sri Krishna

An image of the Russell Finex hygienic pharma sieve installed at Sri Krishna Pharmaceuticals, Russell FinexSri Krishna Pharmaceuticals is an established manufacturer of pharmaceutical products such as paracetamol, folic acid, domperidone and furosemide, supplying more than 150 niche drugs to the Asian pharmaceutical market, in South Africa, Europe and the USA. The company is represented locally by Siyeza Fine Chemicals.

Established in 1974, Sri Krishna Pharma has five fully-equipped GMP manufacturing facilities in India. The organisation is also the only company in the world to have a USFDA-certified facility for the manufacturing of folic acid. When expanding production at one of its facilities, the company sought a high-quality pharmaceutical screening solution. Having purchased Russell Finex machinery previously, Sri Krishna Pharma once again relied on this company to provide a solution.

No compromise on quality

Production at its Uppal factory was being up-scaled to include the manufacture of paracetamol. During its manufacture, a homogeneous product is made by blending various pharmaceutical powders to provide the perfect uniform mixture. The product must then be screened before it is packaged, to ensure foreign or oversize contamination is removed.

A Bhaskar Reddy, assistant general manager of purchasing and stores at Sri Krishna Pharma, says: ‘We are very conscientious when it comes to product quality at all stages of manufacture. Therefore, we required sieving equipment capable of achieving exceptional quality standards, as well as high production rates. Russell Finex was very helpful in acknowledging our requirements and identifying a suitable solution.’

Collaborating with a leading reputable supplier

Due to the nature of sieving active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), mesh blinding can often be experienced when screening these pharmaceutical powders.

With more than 80 years’ experience supplying aseptic pharmaceutical screening solutions to global customers including Pfizer, GSK, Wyeth and Sanofi-Aventis, Russell Finex analysed Sri Krishna Pharma’s unique requirements and supplied three 900mm diameter Russell Compact Sieve units with the Vibrasonic Deblinding System. The enclosed system is ideal for the pharmaceutical industry as it provides total containment, protecting operators from any harmful dusts or fumes. High-quality stainless-steel contact parts enable easy cleaning – these aseptic pharma screeners can be easily dismantled and assembled without the need for tools.

Fitting the Russell Compact Sieve with the Vibrasonic Deblinding System ensures these powders can be screened on finer meshes without compromising flow rates. This powerful mesh deblinding technology applies an ultrasonic frequency to the mesh, breaking the surface tension to prevent the fine particles from blinding or blocking the mesh screen. This not only results in consistent product quality and increased production rates, but also prevents the loss of good product and damage to the mesh while reducing downtime to clean the mesh.

Meeting demand and improving hygiene

Reddy adds: ‘The installation of the Russell machines has not only made full sanitation easy to achieve, but also protects the health and safety of our operators. These units have proved to be the ideal solution, helping us to meet production demand whilst improving hygiene.’

Established in 1934, Russell Finex has a wealth of experience in supplying pharmaceutical manufacturers with customised and hygienic pharmaceutical separation solutions. A range of vibratory sieves, separators and self-cleaning filters improve product quality, increase productivity, safeguard operators and ensure contamination-free powders and liquids. 



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