Continuous manufacturing has many significant advantages compared to traditional batch manufacturing.
The most important are:
- The same lean and simpler production line can be used in the research and development phase, can be used later to produce low volume clinical series, as well as for high volume serial production.
- The production is more time-efficient, because it enables much faster production through an uninterrupted process. In some cases, the production that takes a week or two by batch technology might be shortened to a single day using the continuous manufacturing line.
- There is lower risk of human error, since fewer people are involved in the continuous manufacturing from start to finish.
- The quality risk and quality related costs can be significantly decreased with an integrated real-time measurement of quality parameters. In the event that the quality of the product is inadequate and the product shall be rejected, only the current quantity of the product is wasted and not the whole batch, which is the case with batch processing.
We at TRAC are focused on new approaches, such as PAT (Process Analytical Technology) and QbD (Quality by Design) to design modular and flexible equipment and automation systems. Such lean production lines can be used for continuous manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, food and chemical industries.