Blazing a future-proof process path
Aptuit Laurus Pvt Limited, a joint venture between US-based Aptuit Inc. and India-based Laurus Labs Ltd., is a contract drug development company that a few years ago began construction of a large-scale plant for the manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), among other drug development activities, in India.DATE 2013-02-27
The parent companies have invested in the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment, including more than hundred Alfa Laval spiral condensers, to provide cost-effective solutions and exceptional service standards to its 600 pharma clients around the globe.
"When we compared Alfa Laval spiral condensers with other available options we realized that these had a much better overall heat transfer coefficient," says Girish Kottapalli, General manager at Aptuit Laurus. "Because the spiral condensers were compact, it would not only reduce 10 to 15 % in civil engineering costs but also save installation time."
Another important criteria was utilizing equipment that was flexible and capable of serving as a basis for future expansions as the factory increases its capacity. The spiral technology drastically reduces the time needed for shifting and relocating condensers because they do not a require a heavy structure and can be moved and placed easily. In the period the spiral condensers have been operating, the Aptuit engineers found the solvent recovery is more than 95 %, significantly higher than the traditional S&T condenser recovery of 60 to 70 %.
Alfa Laval provides a comprehensive range of spiral heat exchangers that provide ideal heat transfer and fluid handling characteristics for a wide range of industrial and environmental applications.
Alfa Laval’s compact equipment, proven technology and supportive and approachable team of service engineers were highly supportive of Aptuit’s vision.