The Advanced Equipment Behind the Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmacy | The Advanced Equipment Behind the Pharmaceutical Industry | In the modern world, medicines and treatments are developed over the course of many months – sometimes years – in order to find the right pharmaceutical solutions for ailments suffered across the world.

With the industry receiving plenty of attention in the wake of COVID-19, we’re learning all about how vaccines are tested, and how medicines are produced. But what equipment lies behind these complex processes? This article takes a look at the advanced equipment in place in pharmaceutical companies to ensure the medicines they produce are top-of-the-range.


Did you know that the vials and tubes used in the medical and pharmaceutical industries are specially-made out of medical-grade glass? One of the bottle-necks in the production of a viral antidote, experts say, will be in the production of this quality glass, which is used across all departments of the pharmaceutical industry. The glass is sterilized and reinforced so as to avoid breakages – and this is especially vital when, as with many vaccinations, the liquid in the vials is injected into the blood. As such, there exist a number of specialist glass-making facilities across the world to produce this important resource. 

Advanced Detectors

Another of the incredibly important quality-control mechanisms for pharmaceutical products is their purity. If you’re unable to guarantee that the chemicals in a vial of medicine are perfectly-concocted, it’s impossible to roll them out to the public. But one of the most important contaminants to remove from injectable liquids isn’t actually a chemical at all – it’s air bubbles. Air bubbles injected into the blood supply can kill, after all. Pharmaceutical companies therefore use custom bubble detectors in order to guarantee that their injections are purely liquid, with no air whatsoever in their vials.

Accurate Measurements 

In order to get quantities of chemicals and ingredients just right, pharmaceutical companies use fine-tuned measurement systems. These include incredibly finely-tuned scales, which measure quantities of chemicals with unparalleled precision, and other, more advanced scientific tests, like distillation. All of these techniques are run in the lab, and are tightly controlled in order to leave no margin for error in the creation of compounds and medicines which are eventually delivered to the public. This process is overseen by senior scientists in order to guarantee the safety of those who will be exposed to the medicine.

Computer Programs

In today’s world, it’s easier to see inside a chemical compound through code than it is through a microscope. So, while microscopes are skill used to observe the interaction of certain chemicals in a controlled sample, it’s far more likely that scientists will be peering into computer screens and the software they support for answers as to how to treat certain illnesses. All the medicines developed over the past two decades have been delivered thanks to these computer programs, which make the understanding and unravelling of the secrets of diseases that bit easier.

These four key elements are crucial for the functioning of the pharmaceutical industry upon which we all rely for our health and well-being in the twenty-first century. 

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