Air Compressors for the Pharmaceutical Industry

pharma industry blog imageAir compressors form the foundation of any pharmaceutical production center as they provide power, clean air, controllable operations, and a variety of other benefits. When choosing an air compressor for your pharmaceutical application, there are a number of factors to consider to ensure selecting the right one for your needs.

Benefits of Airmatic Compressors for Pharmaceuticals

Compressors from Airmatic Compressor are internationally recognized for their high quality and suitability for use in the pharmaceutical industry. These compressors are built to perform in a variety of industrial environments, including high operational temperatures. They are a safe and convenient tool for generating power for pneumatic and pressurized systems, ensuring ventilation and control over potential contaminants in pharmaceutical production centers.

Airmatic compressors come in different types, including oil-injected and oil-free rotary screw systems, reciprocating piston systems, scroll compressors, and more. As an authorized distributor of air compressor systems, we provide sustainable, top-of-the-line equipment for your pharmaceutical facilities.

Typical Compressor Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical industry benefits from using multiple air compressor systems to maintain consistent environmental and production standards in their facilities. Some of the most common applications for air compressors in the pharmaceutical industry include:

Equipment Operation

The equipment used to mix, harden, and coat pills and tablets are powered by compressed air. They use exact pressure levels to ensure powdered ingredients are mixed in the right proportions and compressed with the right amount of force to produce identical pills and medication units. This precision is crucial because even minute changes in ingredient concentrations can drastically alter the effects of the medication. Different densities and compression levels can also alter the rate at which the drugs are broken down and absorbed by consumers.

Ensuring a Clean Production Environment

Compressed air systems provide ventilation and clean working spaces that pharmaceutical laboratories and factories need to produce goods without the risk of contamination or adverse conditions. Clean, oil-free air can redirect contaminants away from production equipment.


Both the packaging equipment and the packaging processes themselves require a supply of clean, pressurized air. Pharmaceutical packaging equipment uses the pressure to seal and enclose goods without damaging the medicinal units, especially when packaging gel capsules. Pressurized containers also ensure freshness, protect the product during transportation, and provide evidence of any potential tampering.

Considerations for Selecting the Right Compressor

When it comes to pharmaceuticals and other sensitive consumable products, every piece of equipment must be selected carefully. Because air compressors are so instrumental to the production process, making the right choice crucial. Consider these factors when looking for your facility’s next compressor:

  • Oil Use. Some models of air compressors use oil as a lubricant, especially in screw-type air compressors. However, oil can be a hazardous contaminant, and air compressors that use oil are generally not recommended.
  • Size. The power an air compressor can provide is relatively proportional to its size. It’s important to select a unit that provides the right amount of power without taking up too much space in the facility.
  • Support. All air compressors need preventative maintenance and support. Selecting compressor companies and distributors that offer the highest level of support, and 24/7 availability, can lower the lifetime costs of the unit and reduce unscheduled downtime.
  • Efficiency. Oil-free units that are specifically designed for reducing energy consumption are more efficient and environmentally friendly without compromising their performance.
  • Regulations. The pharmaceutical industry is tightly regulated, and those regulations also control the types of equipment that can be used. Pharmacopoeias and the FDA determine which air compressor types are recommended for different pharmaceutical applications. The purest commercially available air is Class ‘0’, which exceeds ISO 8573-1 (2010) and is designated ISO 8573-1, ed3. 2012.

Choose Airmatic Compressor for Your Pharmaceutical Facility

Air compressors are crucial to the pharmaceutical industry as they ensure clean environments and efficient production. At Airmatic Compressor, we provide high quality air compressors designed to exceed your expectations. For more information, or for help choosing an air compressor for your pharmaceutical facility, contact us or request a quote today.