Injections are perhaps some of the most essential products manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. Healthcare professionals use two significant kinds of injections – liquid and powder. Both of them can be manufactured using various methods. The most popular of these methods is Injection Molding. This method has proven its value in the pharmaceutical sector since it can make all kinds of plastic injections. Because of this, a single machine chain can be used to manufacture both powder and liquid injections without any hassle. Let’s take a more in-depth look at this process and its various steps.
The first step of the injection molding process is designing the product. This step can cost the firm a ton of expensive mistakes and is therefore strictly monitored. There are several objectives for designing the right injection, which is often accomplished with CAD software. The designers need to ensure uniform thickness between the injection walls and a gradual transition from the thickest to the thinnest part of the wall. They also need to avoid building corners that may be at acute angles as this would create intense stress on the walls of the injections and cause it to break.
After the first design of the injection has been digitally visualized, the mold can be designed next. Large machines are used for designing this that can use various cutting methods for the preferred kind of mold. The molds are usually made from durable metals such as hardened steel or a Berrylium-Copper alloy. The choice of metal depends on the size of the batch needed. Most liquid injections are mass-produced, and their molds are hence made from hardened steel. This may be the most expensive metal for the purpose but is also the most durable one. Once the metal has been chosen, the CAD design can be inserted into the cutting machine, which would then either use a laser or hydro cutters for making the precise mold for the injections.
During the final process, the toughened plastic used for the process is melted and inserted into the mold. This is then quickly cooled and passed along the conveyor belt for further processing. An average production rate of such a machine chain is well over thousands of injections a day. The injections which have cooled down are then sanded properly with another part of the machine, which then passes it on for cleaning and sterilization. Radiation is used for sterilizing the injections, which ensures that all microbial life would instantly die. Once this is completed, the injections can be packed and distributed.
As you can see, the manufacturing process of injections involves several steps – most of these need to be closely monitored by a human operator to ensure that everything goes well. The process produces both – liquid and powder injections rapidly to ensure the healthcare sector never runs out of them.