Intech Additive unveils Additively Manufactured Flow Reactor at ACHEMA 2022

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India’s first Additively Manufactured Flow Reactor System for the Pharma Industry
Above: India’s first Additively Manufactured Flow Reactor System for the Pharma Industry/Source: Intech Additive Solutions

Intech Additive Solutions, a leading provider of end-to-end solutions in Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems, announces the launch of India’s first additively manufactured Flow Reactor System. This new paradigm is gaining popularity among manufacturers because it is much more compact and safer than traditional equipment.

The underlying technology is transforming the industry by allowing manufacturers to develop, scale up, and implement continuous Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) manufacturing processes in less time, in smaller facilities, and under safer conditions.

Additively Manufactured Flow Reactor

The flow chemistry principle seeks to achieve process intensification by performing chemical reactions in a ‘continuous flow reactor’ rather than a traditional batch reactor.

The advantages of using a flow reactor system include reduced time, cost, and energy consumption. Intech’s robust process skids are a manufacturing powerhouse, meticulously integrated with a selection of high-end components. The 3D printed flow reactors at its heart can be customised for any unit based on the volume, heat, and mass transfer efficiency, as well as the operating conditions required for the chemical reaction.

According to a Grand View Research report published in 2022, the Global Flow Chemistry Market was valued at $1.45 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach $3.75 billion by 2030. For companies looking to optimise drug development and reduce time to market, this low-cost, high-throughput manufacturing system provides a sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly alternative. Intech hopes that this innovation will accelerate the adoption of Additive Manufacturing and Digital Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical and Specialty Chemical Industries.

“Understanding the AM landscape and having a thorough awareness of it has always been one of our strengths. Through our design, hardware, and engineering expertise, we could add value to the pharmaceutical industry through this flow reactor system.”

– Sridhar Balaram, Founder and CEO of Intech Additive Solutions

He continued, “With dedicated research and development, we could design and manufacture a path-breaking product that boosts productivity, decreases operating costs, simplifies thermal management, increases safety, and reduces waste. We look forward to transforming the manufacturing landscape of this industry by offering compact, compatible & customisable Flow Reactor Systems globally.”

Across multiple industries, additive manufacturing has created new opportunities and transformed business models and production techniques. It has blazed a trail by identifying the limitations of existing manufacturing processes, addressing them with 3D printed flow reactors, and improving efficiency through innovative design and engineering. Combining automation and system integration expertise with Intech’s Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) expertise results in a complete one-stop solution for flow chemistry.

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