Analysis of the international competitiveness of China's tablet press industry
In recent years, with the continuous advancement of my country's modern industry, the pharmaceutical industry has become more and more important in my country's industry. Accordingly, the pharmaceutical machinery industry began to develop rapidly. But compared with foreign countries, there is still a big gap.
According to reports, the tablet press is a common equipment used in solid preparations. It places granular or powdery materials in a die hole and presses them into tablets. Tablet presses and tableting technology are the most common and important in the pharmaceutical industry. New tablet presses and tableting technologies are still emerging in the 21st century.
The tablet press is the pharmaceutical equipment with the longest production history in my country, as well as the pharmaceutical equipment with the earliest export and the largest output. It is an indisputable fact that the number, specifications and output of tablet press manufacturers rank first in the world. However, my country's tablet presses have low technical content and insufficient technological innovation. Although, new products are constantly being launched every year. But among them, there are very few varieties with high technical level and high added value.
According to analysis by industry insiders, the vast majority of enterprises in my country are private enterprises and do not have advantages in technology, equipment, and talents, which severely restricts the technological innovation of enterprises. Some enterprises lack R&D institutions, the innovation system is not sound, technical personnel lack the awareness of technological innovation, the overall technical strength of the enterprise is not strong, and the update speed of scientific research and production technology and equipment is very slow. The most noteworthy thing is that the entire industry's scientific and technological talents are in a stage of "unreliable". It can be said that the talent crisis is spreading throughout the industry.
For a long time, due to weak basic research, lack of talents and lack of perfect innovation mechanism, there is still a big gap with foreign advanced tablet press and tablet technology. In recent years, the development of foreign tablet presses has taken another step forward. Airtightness, modularization, automation, large-scale and advanced online detection technology will be the most important development direction of tablet press technology, and tablet press will continue to improve production.
The current direction of the development of foreign tablet press technology is towards intelligence, flexibility, precision, and compliance with cGMP requirements. The high-tech content of products is constantly increasing, and the automation technology, numerical control technology, etc. of machinery, gas, liquid, light, and magnetism are integrated. Sensor technology and new material technology are widely used in tablet presses. It is understood that advanced tablet presses are basically in Europe and the United States, such as Germany FETTE, KORSCH, British MNESTY, Belgium COURTOY, American STOKES and so on. Its products have high automation procedures and meet FDA requirements and 21CFRPART11 requirements.
The airtightness of the input and output of foreign tablet presses is very good, and cross-contamination is minimized as much as possible. The granules used for tableting enter the hopper through a closed bucket and a closed conveying system. During the tableting process, effective measures are taken to prevent dust flying and particle layering. The compressed tablets enter through the sieve, tablet detection, metal detection, etc. The packaging process is quite closed.
In most domestic tablet presses, the tablet pressing process is open or not completely airtight. The fracture process causes dust to fly between the tablets. With the in-depth implementation of GMP, the airtightness of the tableting process and the isolation of the flow of people and logistics have become particularly important. This is the basic function we must have when designing and manufacturing equipment.
With the rapid development of computer technology such as networks, broadband networks, and virtualization, remote equipment monitoring and remote diagnosis technologies are also emerging. Computer-controlled tablet presses have begun to be widely used in pharmaceutical factories, making remote monitoring and remote diagnosis technologies useful in the tablet press industry. At present, the advanced tablet presses in developed countries have the functions of remote monitoring and remote diagnosis. Through the establishment of the tablet press remote monitoring and remote diagnosis system, faults can be eliminated in real time, which greatly improves the after-sales service response ability and speed of the tablet press manufacturer, and also improves the economic benefits of the enterprise.
The gap between our tablet press and tableting technology in developed countries is still widening. High-speed and high-yield, airtightness, modularity, automation, scale and advanced detection technology are the main development directions of foreign tablet press technology. For domestic tablet presses to catch up with foreign countries in terms of speed and output, considerable development is needed in tablet press design innovation, processing technology, and automatic control. In short, the development of domestic tablet presses has a long way to go, and we still need our continuous efforts.