The close relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the well-being of its consumer base necessitates strict safety and quality regulations and manufacturing guidelines. To comply with these regulations and guidelines, pharmaceutical companies observe good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for all of their equipment and processes.

Within the pharmaceutical industry, current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) call for sanitary processing operations—including using sanitary equipment and systems—to ensure the purity, safety, and quality of the products and, consequently, the health and safety of the end users.

Pharmaceutical Processing Equipment

Our Products

At Highland Equipment, we manufacture high-quality sanitary products and systems that comply with rigorous safety and sanitation standards. Our discrete products include hoses, fittings, seals, and valves, and our systems are suitable for a wide variety of pharmaceutical operations.

  • Bioreactors and fermenters: Bioreactors and fermenters are commonly used in pharmaceutical applications to store organisms and microorganisms in a controlled environment that allows them to thrive long enough to facilitate sufficient fermentation. The end result is a usable product or materials that can be further processed into the end product.
  • Blending tanks: Our highly efficient blending tanks are capable of incorporating materials of any viscosity and can handle both solid and liquid contents. Available in both standard and custom systems, our experienced engineers can design a solution that meets the needs of the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Process skids: Process skids are compact, self-contained units of process equipment that can be pre-assembled and easily transported. Our process skids enable streamlined installation, decreased downtime during setup, and heightened adaptability to changing operational requirements.


Whether developing new medicinal products, food supplements, or other items, pharmaceutical companies must maintain exceptional sanitation standards. Like no other industry, the hygiene of pharmaceutical equipment is essential. Even the slightest contaminants could dramatically impact product purity and safety.

Sanitary fittings are essential for hygienic working and processing conditions, which minimizes liability while preserving staff and patient health. All pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment must function according to the following standards and use cases:

  • Stringent sanitization
  • Various pressure, temperature, volume, and capacity processing requirements
  • Production of topical cream, injectables, liquid suspensions, and pills

Stainless Steel Construction

All of Highland’s pharmaceutical processing equipment is built with stainless steel, including 316L, and according to relevant industry and regulatory standards. Only the purest stainless steel alloys fully minimize corrosion, even under the strain of particularly harsh chemicals involved in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Surfaces must also be defect-free and smooth, which prevents small pockets of bacteria from developing. The fittings and other steel pharmaceutical equipment further require easy sanitization and extreme durability, including very high-temperature tolerance.


To maintain full compliance with technical manufacturing requirements, we maintain a long list of up-to-date certifications with the following industry and regulatory bodies:

  • Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) registered
  • National Board registered
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B51
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section VIII Div. 1 Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
  • ASME “U” Stamp registered
  • ASME B31.1 and B31.3 (Power and Process Piping Code)

Clean-In-Place Technology

To facilitate cleaning operations and maintenance of a sanitary processing environment, we design and build complete systems that integrate clean-in-place (CIP) technology and advanced monitoring systems. This system design also allows you to measure production levels and efficiency.

CIP pharmaceutical equipment is made for easy installation and ongoing operation in storage vessels and industrial tanks. The CIP device formulates and pumps the appropriate amount of cleaning solution into the tanks, vessels, pipes, or any other pharmaceutical processing equipment requiring sanitation.

Depending on the next process involved, CIP equipment may complete the cleaning cycle using either clean water, demineralized water, deionized water, or other highly purified water. For example, tanks used to create injectables often require a final wash with high-purity water. It’s possible to automate and record the cleaning processes. Streamlined record-keeping for cleaning cycles will greatly simplify inspections and compliance procedures.

Sanitary Processing Experts

Highland Equipment builds complete process systems following industry sanitary standards such as ASME BPE, GMP, and 3A. We use our own depth of professional knowledge and years of practical experience to provide pharmaceutical companies assurance our equipment will comply with their stringent industry regulations for Health and Safety and sanitary manufacturing processes.

Highland Equipment designs and builds complete CIP systems that provide our customers the ability to add the benefits of clean-in-place (CIP) technology into their product manufacturing processes for pills, ointments, injectables, consumables, and more. Clean-in-place systems are designed to use a mix of cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, heat, and water to thoroughly cleanse process pipes, vessels, and machinery “in place.” Cleaning “in place” benefits pharmaceutical manufacturers by removing the risk of re-contaminating equipment during reassembly after “out of place” cleaning as well as from the additional costs in time and labor associated with “out of place” cleaning.

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A Leader in Pharmaceutical Processing Equipment

At Highland Equipment, we are an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of sanitary pharmaceutical processing equipment. While we strictly comply with all applicable safety and sanitary guidelines and regulations, the quality we provide our clients goes beyond codes and standards. Our combination of world-class orbital welding and stainless steel fabrication capabilities and years of sanitary design and build expertise makes us the perfect partner for any project within the pharmaceutical industry.

If you’d like to learn more about our sanitary manufacturing capabilities and the advantages of partnering with us, contact us, or request a free quote today.