Major software update for solids process design and operation
Last month, this company today announced the release of gSOLIDS 3.0, an integrated drag & drop graphical flowsheeting environment for process engineers and scientists in industries where particulate processes play an integral part, such as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, agrochemicals, food processing, consumer goods and minerals and mining. gSOLIDS 3.0 extends existing capabilities for drug product manufacturing with new tableting unit operation models for compaction, coating and in-vitro testing. Other new models include an electrostatic precipitator, a dynamic screen model, a fluidized-bed agglomerator and an agglomerator that incorporates breakage models. In addition to significant improvements in speed and robustness, the new version also includes usability improvements in the form of an expanded set of sensor and control models, which include holdup and stream sensors for reporting moisture content and particle size distribution (PSD) as volume density distributions and quantiles. — Process Systems Enterprise Ltd., London, U.K.