In the high-value pharma sector, it’s vital to find air and wastewater purification solutions that minimise downtime and keep premises contamination-free and dust-free. Desotec is your trusted partner, with full-service solutions that take care of all aspects of treatment, including safe off-site filtration waste handling.

Activated carbon filters in pharma

Health is what the pharma sector’s all about. So, it’s vital that your company does its bit to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Desotec partners with many pharmaceutical clients, including companies who hold active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) patents and manufacturers who formulate medicines or vaccines or make healthcare devices.

Our sustainable mobile activated carbon filters treat air emissions and wastewater containing a series of contaminants:

  • Impurities in APIs, including persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
  • Chlorinated compounds in cleaning, disinfecting, and degreasing products, measured as adsorbable organic halides (AOX).
  • Fats such as glycerine.
  • Solvents such as methanol and ethanol.
  • Surfactants.

When it comes to high-value pharma products, production downtime is a major health risk. Desotec’s mobile filters may be installed rapidly to start filtration immediately. Also, exchanging a saturated filter for a fresh one is quick and simple. 


Pharmaceutical wastewater treatment

Cleanliness is crucial in the pharma industry, with companies sanitising equipment and cleanrooms thoroughly after each drug batch production. This results in low volumes of wastewater containing high concentrations of chemicals.

By treating wastewater and reusing it on site rather than sending it to a specialist plant for disposal, your company boosts its sustainability while cutting costs.

Due to the mixture of compounds involved, multiple treatments may be required. Placed before osmotic technology, Desotec filters remove the chlorinated compounds that would damage membranes. Placed before biotreatments, our filters remove biocides.

Where compounds are subject to very low limits, our filters may be placed after other technologies, reducing concentrations in many cases to below detectable levels.

Air purification in the pharma industry

Every thriving business wants a healthy workforce, community, and environment. So, it’s essential to find a partner you can trust for air emission treatment.

Desotec filters may be sited at vented storage tanks, reactor vessels, or coating lines. Additionally, they may be used during sanitation processes to remove chlorinated or brominated solvents such as dichloromethane (DCM) from vapours.

Unlike thermal oxidisers, our activated carbon filters are cost-effective even when production is discontinuous or flow rates are low. They also use less gas. So, by investing in Desotec filters, your company can protect its bottom line as well as our environment and our health.

No sector has more exacting purity standards than pharma. Desotec’s mobile sustainable filtration service is the clean and simple solution your company needs to protect our environment and your business while keeping your premises pristine.

How we help you

Desotec sustainable mobile filtration solutions

At Desotec, we understand the high demands of the pharma sector and are ready to help.

Our filter set-ups are modular and flexible, so they may be adapted to suit different components, flow rates, or production volumes. They can be set up in series to treat different molecules and ensure there is no breakthrough once the first filter is saturated.

Our full-service solution includes the safe, sustainable, and dust-free handling of filtration waste. We transport it in closed units away from your site and replace your filter with a new closed unit. All molecules are completely destroyed and almost 100% of carbon used in the pharma sector can be reactivated. This circular approach boosts cost-effectiveness and helps you reach your green goals.

Desotec team has been helpful. They guided us toward the most effective solution for our air emissions problem. Filters were quickly installed and functional.

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