With the help of the estonian-norwegian cooperation project green ict, chemi-pharm’s production process will be more efficient and there will be a remarkable increase of units produced within the same working hours.

According to Andres Oltjer, the demand for Chemi-Pharm’s products has grown so much that it is time to start expanding the plant. “In addition to investing in technology, we need to make a big investment in expanding the plant,” he says in an interview with the Industry News.

When it comes to equipment and production lines, Chemi-Pharm usually talks about rapid technological development. It is rumored that you have just started with a Norwegian project. What exactly is it? What does this change for the company now? How much did you invest?

Let’s start with the Norwegian project. It started only in July 2020 and is an Estonian-Norwegian cooperation program Green ICT, funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and mediated by Enterprise Estonia. This is a support-project called “Improving the production of disinfectants through full automation”.

As a result of this project, the efficiency of the disinfectant production process will increase, so that it would be possible to output more production with the same volume of working hours and at the same time make production more energy-efficient. Full automation will be carried out, for which new equipment will be procured.

Thanks to the introduction of new technology and equipment, automation increases labor productivity and reduces energy consumption per unit (tonne, piece). It helps to save the natural environment. At the same time, full automation will significantly increase production capacity and meet the growing demand. In this way, the company also achieves the set financial goals – increase in turnover and profit. The project will also procure parts for bottling lines that will make the processes fully automatic, as well as a raw material dosing system with containers that will allow automatic dosing of raw materials during product mixing.

As chemi-pharm received funding for the project “Improving the production of disinfectants through full automation”

Improving the production of disinfectants through full automation.

AS Chemi-Pharm received funding for the project “Improving the production of disinfectants through full automation”.
Through the services provided by Enterprise Estonia, Chemi-Pharm joined the Estonian-Norwegian cooperation program “Green ICT”. The project registration number is EU53922.

The budget of the project is € 461,970, of which the support paid through the cooperation program is € 207,886.50. The project eligibility period is 15.07.2020 to 31.12.2022.

During the project, a device will be procured, that will automatically dose the biocidal raw material in the product mixing process. In addition, parts of bottling lines are also procured to improve the production process by making bottling processes fully automatic. Upon implementation of the project, the efficiency of production will increase and the amount of CO2 emissions per unit of production will significantly decrease.

By the summer of 2021, the company has carried out many of the activities planned in the project within the framework of the Estonian-Norwegian cooperation project “Green ICT”.

There are two additional 15m³ mixers, which have made it possible to grow the produced quantities of disinfectants. The introduction of these mixers was at the time of increased demand for disinfectants caused by the coronary pandemic, guaranteeing the uninterrupted supply of hospitals with the necessary intervals.

It was also very important to significantly increase the fleet of alcohol-based biocidal raw materials used in disinfectants and to put in place modern raw material dosing equipment, which significantly increased production efficiency, while making production more convenient and safer for the worker. In addition to ethanol, the company can also receive 1-propanol and 2-propanol used in antiseptics by tank truck, and their dosing into the product takes place using automation systems.

The company has introduced the so-called a fully automatic bottling line for small bottles, with which bottles are filled and packaged in sizes ranging from 50 to 150 ml. The coronary pandemic led to a higher demand for small antiseptic packaging and therefore the launch of a new bottling line has significantly reduced the amount of manual work.

During the project, automatic feeding devices for square bottles were also procured. Previously, it was possible to automatically feed only round bottles to the bottling line, the new device also does this with square bottles.

In addition to the above, an automatic box labeling device has been introduced during the project. Bottled products are packed in boxes. According to the Chemicals Act, the boxes must be marked with the appropriate safety stickers, which are now installed on the machine.

Summary for the first half of year 2021

The project employed 2 mixing mixers, a square bottle feeder, a box labeler, alcohol containers and an automatic dosing system, and a small bottle bottling line. Compared to 2019, CO2 emissions decreased significantly. While 2020 was also affected by hiring of a large number of employees due to the increase in production volume due to the coronary pandemic, in 2021 the production volume has stabilized. CO2 emissions decreased significantly more than originally forecasted in the project. The projected average CO2 emissions per tonne of finished product produced per month in 2021 was 36 kg, but in reality it was 23.6 kg per tonne.