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[ENG] Customer Interview at PANNOC: “Choosing modular design when remodelling a cleanroom”

Category: Case study
Date: February 26, 2020

In cleanroom designs where modularity and pre-engineering are key, ABN Cleanroom Technology shows that remodelling an existing cleanroom doesn't have to be ultimately complex. ABN Cleanroom Technology remodelled an existing cleanroom for pharmaceutical manufacturer Pannoc. Remodelling the production areas on the Olen site was performed according to a pre-engineering approach, which definitely had its advantages.

Pannoc reinforces position in the pharmaceutical sector

Pannoc is a family-owned pharmaceutical company that focuses on the development, production and sale of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The fact that Pannoc is an established manufacturer in the pharmaceutical sector is proven not only by their 40 years of existence, but also by the ever-increasing orders from national and international clients. In order to be able to handle this strongly increasing demand, Pannoc chose to invest in additional production capacity at the Olen site. As a result of this necessary expansion from one to two production zones, the production of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals could take place simultaneously and could also be significantly increased.

"What makes Pannoc unique, is the fact that we are in control of the entire chain of our products: from production to sales. Especially in the pharmaceutical domain, this approach is very unique and successful", says Caroline Spaas, Sales & Marketing Manager at Pannoc. "The production of both our white-label products and our own creams, gels and lotions takes place on our production lines under strict cleanliness conditions GMP class D. The cleanroom itself needed to be upgraded".

ABN Cleanroom Technology: short lead time through pre-engineering

A decisive aspect on remodelling the traditional cleanroom to a new cleanroom was a minimized shutdown of the production lines. The confidence in the pre-engineering approach of ABN Cleanroom Technology to execute the project was quickly established.

Why this project is an ideal case for ABN Cleanroom Technology? "Due to high time pressure and the required short lead time, this cleanroom project falls 100% within the pre-engineering scope of ABN", says Jo Nelissen, CEO and founder of ABN Cleanroom Technology. "For us it was a self-evident choice to opt for our VIX concept in which we were able to carry out the complete remodelling in a pre-engineered way. The result? The work at Pannoc itself was kept to a minimum because we apply pre-engineered building blocks". The result of a well-coordinated implementation team, explains Jo Nelissen. "Our project manager directed the project for 95% and this led to quick results. Within a few months, the entire cleanroom had been renewed".

At Pannoc, Caroline Spaas confirms the modular approach of ABN Cleanroom Technology: "The modular way of thinking has been implemented by the design department of ABN from the start of the project. It is foreseen that the existing remodelled cleanroom will be further expanded in the future without having to carry out heavy work activities. This way, we don't have to worry when we increase production, for example for the increasingly important export of our product Pangel".

The renewed cleanrooms of Pannoc were also noticed by FAGG who rewarded the efforts of the pharmaceutical SME with a good report.

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