PDA Europe Webinar - Future of Refrigeration: Basics of Refrigeration for Pharma Applications

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Dear Colleagues,

In most steps of pharma production, from starting materials, to process, product, supply chain, and waste management, the need for refrigeration arises.

Due to the fact that energy can only go from warm to cold, refrigeration is no classic utility, therefore, complex processes including equipment, machinery and refrigerants that generate the cold become necessary.

The equipment must be installed and maintained, and most of the refrigerants used today have an impact on the environment. They are therefore subject to stringent regulation and/or safety measures.

This webinar is focused on giving a basic understanding of how refrigeration works and what an operator should know to select the optimal refrigeration solution for their product needs. The goal is to gain a thorough understanding and solid overview of different technologies, including advantages and disadvantages such as being future proof, efficient, reliable, safe, while possessing optimal process control, maintenance parameters, longevity and more.

By completing this webinar, you will also be prepared to know what is needed to meet the current European guidelines and regulations beyond the year 2030.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Day 1

Introduction & Current Situation

History of refrigeration

Basics of refrigeration

  • Refrigeration cycle
  • Basic control strategy


Overview of the common refrigerants and technologies

  • Properties
  • Environmental impact – Ozone depletion potential, Global warming potential, Trifluoroacetic acid
  • EU regulations


Interactive Live Q&A and Discussion
Current Needs, New Developments & Technologies

Future technologies up to -40°C

  • Natural refrigerants (CO2, NH3 and HCs) with safety concepts
  • Freon / Hydrofluoroolefin blends


Future technologies below -40°C

  • Air refrigeration
  • Cascade and auto cascade system with natural refrigerants
  • Liquid nitrogen


Interactive Live Q&A and Discussion
Best Practice Examples & Future Outlook

Storage +20 to -196°C (follow-up webinar Pharma Storage Applications available Q1 2021)

Lyophilization (follow-up webinar Deep Temperature Refrigeration for Processes Lyophilization and Plasma-Freezers available Q1 2021)

Interactive Live Q&A and Discussion
Agenda is subject to change.

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