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Why the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries Need Great Process Piping Systems

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Medical and pharmaceutical manufacturers must adhere to strict sanitation standards and prioritize the safety of the products they create, regardless of production volume or costs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly regulates the design, construction, and operation of medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. As such, process piping systems involved in medical or pharmaceutical manufacturing must be of superior design and function to comply with regulatory requirements.

A Greater Need for Safety and Cleanliness

With increasing concern for the safety and integrity of medical/pharma products, both industries have adopted more stringent standards regarding the cleanliness of surfaces that their products make contact with throughout manufacturing. Advances in biopharmaceutical solutions have also created a demand for streamlined processes that will facilitate a faster speed-to-market. Installing high-performance process piping can help resolve both of these issues.

The increased demand for contact surfaces that meet medical cleanliness standards have in turn led to advances in in the quality and functionality of process piping. New standards and guidelines have also been put in place to regulate these advances, such as:

  • ISPE Pharmaceutical Engineering Baseline Guides
  • AWS D18.1/DI8.2 Specification (welding standards for sanitary process piping)
  • ASME Bioprocessing Equipment Standard (BPE-97)

Quality-Assured Process Piping Systems at Base Construction

Every part of a process piping system should be of excellent quality and provide long-term reliability. At Base Construction, we offer process piping systems and services that support high-quality operations in compliance with stringent medical, pharmaceutical, and food-grade standards. Our process piping service portfolio includes:

  • Control valves
  • Development/implementation of piping and instrumentation drawing
  • Heat tracing (steam and electrical)
  • Installation performed by qualified pipefitters and welders
  • Insulation
  • Manual valves
  • Material selection
  • Painting and labeling
  • Pipe bridge design/implementation
  • Routing design/implementation
  • Testing (pressurized and vacuum)

We test our piping systems after fabrication and before operation, which is an essential step toward ensuring their safety and optimal function. We have developed methods for various pressurized and vacuumed tests and only conduct non-destructive pipe testing. We strictly follow all OSHA process piping standards and maintain up-to-date knowledge of state ordinances, ensuring that you always receive the most advanced, compliant process piping system available.

We dedicate ourselves to promoting and maintaining programs that encourage safe workplace practices and decrease the number of hazardous and unsafe events that occur in processing plants. Our commitment to industry-leading safe processes has been recognized by our clients, which showcases the level of our commitment to safety.

We also maintain professional affiliations with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Welding Society. We possess a class A, B, C36 California contracting license.

Our available process piping services include pipe routing design and implementation, pipe material selection, and pipe testing. Our experience makes us an industry leader in process piping systems. Contact us to learn how we can help with your project.

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