CBS completes its extensive Medipack project: in Temse, a new pharma site arises of 5.000 m². The cleanroom – the dust free heart of this project – will be one of the largest in Flanders. From now on, Wase Werkplaats will use it to package medicinal products according to the seri-alization procedure, in anticipation of European legislation. Medipack is quite an achievement, for three reasons: the design & build approach, the short lead time and the energy and cost efficiency.
The mission that Wase Werkplaats gave to the cleanroom specialist CSB (Cleanroom Systems Belgium, a division of the construction company Group Jansen) was the following: ‘Within the year, transform our grounds in Temse into a true pharma-site of 5.000 m², including 1.750 m² of cleanrooms with storage facilities, sanitary facilities and offices.’ To achieve this, the East Flemish ‘tailored work company’ provided a 6-million-euro budget. Today, hardly 11 months later, CSB is fixing the last screws of this Medipack-project.
From product labeling to the assembling of syringes
About 200 workers from Wase Werkplaats will be active in the new cleanrooms (spaces where the amount of dust is limited to a minimum, Ed). They are employees of W-pharma: that’s the new name of the division that specializes in labeling products (e.g. printing bar codes), realizing secondary packaging for medicinal products (e.g. adding the leaflets), assembling syringes and carrying out inspection work. Every one of these assignments is for the pharmaceutical sector. The new unit will allow W-pharma to also realize primary and secondary packaging for hospi-tals and the health industry.
“Ahead of legislation”
This high-tech environment helps the personnel of W-pharma to achieve the very high world-wide standards on quality and hygiene. The cleanroom actually is ahead on legislation, accord-ing to Lucas Marain (CEO of W-Pharma): “Wase Werkplaats is ready for the so-called serializa-tion of medicinal products. This European legislation will come into force on February 9, 2019. It requires all prescription medication for human use to be sealed and identified with a unique code. That way, anyone can check its authenticity.
A triple technical feat!
The realisation of these cleanrooms was a real feat. For the technicians amongst us: there are three reasons for this.
“First, this is what we call a ‘design & build project’. We have followed up on it from the tech-nical design up to the technics, the architecture and the validation: this happens very rarely in this sector.” According to Eric Vanhees (director of CSB) “To harmonize the architectural and the technical aspect, we considered from the very beginning the future number of employees in a cleanroom, the ISO class and the flow of personnel and materials. The choice of a certain type of partition, ceiling, floor or door directly influences the dust emissions, temperature, hu-midity, … in a room.”
The second fact worth mentioning is the very short lead time. “We owe this to Building Infor-mation Modelling (BIM), the next big thing in the construction sector. In BIM all technics are entered into one digital system and at any change, the system will automatically calculate the effect this has on the other technics. This is how we were able to reduce the margin of error on the building site to a minimum.”
All technics – 3D View
Finally, Medipack is an energy-efficient and cost-effective project. “A special pump – with two accumulators – recovers the heat. Furthermore, electricity and control systems have been au-tomated: there’s LED lighting and smart control of HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) everywhere”, Vanhees concludes.
Technics on the roof
Hot water accumulator