Because of market trends, production in the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries can change quickly in terms of schedule, but also in terms of product.
The ability to quickly adapt existing plants to meet new market requirements is a competitive advantage that combines internal project management skills and suppliers’ abilities.
In 2002 Delta delivered a Nutsche filter dryer designed for agricultural intermediates, according to the customer’s specs.
In 2014, after several years of operation, the entire line of production was stopped, and the machine was put on standby. At the end of 2020, market needs called for the production of API and the customer asked Delta to refurbish the machine with this new purpose in mind.
After receiving the Nutsche fiter dryer at its workshop, the Delta team performed the following steps:
The first assessment involved a review of the original documentation, checking if new installation requirements were compatible with the machine’s original design and features.
After the documental check, the Delta team proceeded with the physical assessment:
The documental check found that the filter dryer was designed for a safe area, while the new installation room would be classified as explosive according ATEX Directive (2014/34/EU).
The physical assessment found that:
Delta proposed the following actions to put the machine into service for API production:
The Delta team was able to take a machine designed for an agricultural intermediate and transform it into an API production one. The process took only 5 months and resulted in a consistent cost reduction compared to a brand-new machine.