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EKATO meets Pharma

Impellers and vacuum processing units for pharma industry

Decades of know-how in dispersing and mixing technology as well as depth knowledge in all disciplines of process engineering at EKATO GROUP form the basis for the successful use of EKATO technology in the pharmaceutical industry.

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In the pharmaceutical industry EKATO SYSTEMS can benefit from its many years of know-how and extensive experience in producing processing units for the personal and healthcare industry. In addition to the dryers and mixers offered in the product portfolio of SOLIDMIX, e.g. to dry active pharmaceutical substances, the product basket of UNIMIX covers the production of ointments, creams and gels that are used in the pharmaceutical industry.

Reproducibility with respect to the production of pharmaceutical products is ensured based on system components that have been developed applying engineering expertise. In particular, mixing and dispersing technology has been designed to guarantee homogenous distribution of substances as well as product stability.

Some active pharmaceutical ingredients are produced in upstream process steps.

The biotechnological production or the hydrogenation of intermediates and final products require advanced mixing technology as well. EKATO Rühr- und Mischtechnik GmbH works in the field of hydrogenation for over 80 years and offers specially designed hydrogenation plants for pharmaceutical applications.

In addition to the challenging tasks of active pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis production, the EKATO GROUP can also cover the area of industrial agitators in the pharmaceutical industry through the mixing and dispersing technology of FLUID Misch- und Dispergiertechnik GmbH.

Mixing tasks can be suspending solids in a liquid phase, heating and cooling or mixing liquids. These mixing tasks are often part of the starting materials or storage of intermediate and final products.

The system components are developed in the EKATO laboratories to provide a process design that is as flexible as possible. The possibility to process even very small batches of product can be very advantageous.

Scale-up capability of the technology is crucial. To achieve this, algorithms are applied that have been specifically developed and verified many times. The high quality of the process plant is ensured using an established qualification process.

Typical project process flow

  • Concept phase
  • Design phase
  • Execution- and manufacturing phases
  • Test phase


We support by our consulting competencies in all project phases beginning from an URS to a functional specification, execution specification, production and installation of the plant, including the necessary qualification, for example:


  • Design Qualification (DQ)
  • Installation Qualification (IQ)
  • Operational Qualification (OQ)
  • Support during Performance Qualification (PQ)

A crucial point is an early involvement and integration to the customers projects process to deliver the right package fitting customers’ needs. 

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