Compiled by Angela Godwin
Wire Belt Company of America, a leading developer of advanced conveyor belting solutions, has introduced the new Compact Grid Conveyor Belt, designed specifically to handle smaller, more delicate products, while providing a lighter weight, lower mass, and an open-mesh belt design that is ideal for high-speed cooling and drying operations. Engineered with a 70 percent open surface area, the Compact Grid is suitable for processes in which product coating, drainage, and liquid or air circulation are factors. The open stainless-steel design is ideal for cooking operations such as frying and baking, as well as for cooling freshly baked or freshly fried products in high-volume, high-throughput processes. The increased open area makes the Compact Grid easy to clean and maintain. Offering a tight wrap capability, the Compact Grid allows for improved conveyor-to-conveyor transfers, minimizing the chance for product yield loss in high-speed processing operations. Its rugged construction offers maximum strength under significant loads, lessening the time needed to maintain the conveying system and reducing the number of belt replacements over time.
Wire Belt Company of America
The new Multivac 6000 Cross Web Labeling System features a redesigned dispensing head for optimal sanitation, easier operation with touch-panel display, and increased cycle speeds to accelerate production by as much as 33 percent. Its state-of-the-art design also ensures lower maintenance costs. The system applies a wide range of label sizes and can be used for RFID label placement. Suitable for applications in food, medical and consumer product manufacturing.
Kansas City, MO
Filters for wafer cleaning apps
Pall Corporation recently introduced the new Excellar ER filter, a 0.02-micron-rated filter that provides enhanced retention for improved contamination control, especially for critical newly emerging 65 nm and 45 nm device generations. This is the newest addition to the company’s UltiKleen Excellar family of PTFE non-dewetting filter membranes, offering chipmakers a suite of PTFE membranes that support filtration needs in critical wafer cleaning applications down to the 20-nanometer size of particle removal. These filters were specifically designed for the aqueous-based, gas-generating chemicals used in wafer cleaning.
East Hills, NY
Ductless fume hoods
Air Science USA has introduced its EDU Mobile Ductless Fume Hoods, which offer a low cost solution for clean air requirements. Designed to provide operator protection when using hazardous substances, the fume hoods feature: high-quality prefilter and carbon filters with efficiencies superior to 99.6 percent; mobility from laboratory to laboratory; easy installation with no ducting; and alarms that monitor filter, airflow, and filter lifetime.
Air Science USA
Fort Myers, FL
Silicone-based packaging material
NuSil Technology, a manufacturer of silicone-based materials for healthcare, aerospace, electronics and photonics, recently announced the addition of EPM-2411-2, a low outgassing, one-part, silicone glop-top, to its line of electronic packaging materials (EPMs). The material is designed for the encapsulation of chip packages in devices where outgassing-related contamination poses a problem. The product exhibits the low stress and wide operating temperature ranges that are characteristically associated with silicone-based materials. It is stored and shipped frozen in 3 cc and 30 cc syringes, as well as 3- and 6-ounce tubes.
Clean Air Products has introduced Series 64 perforated stainless-steel cleanroom tables. The tables allow uniform airflow through the work surface, and eliminate eddies and stagnant air pockets that can exist on or above the work surface of solid-top tables. They feature a stainless-steel support frame and are ideal for vertical-flow cleanroom applications. Continuous-top and perimeter-frame models are available.
Clean Air Products
Vibration isolation workstation
Minus K Technology, Inc., in a joint venture with Kinetic Systems, has released the MK26 Series Vibration Control Workstation, specifically designed for ultralow natural frequency applications and negative stiffness vibration isolators, to provide a compact, passive vibration isolation workstation with excellent vertical and horizontal isolation efficiencies. The workstation is appropriate for a wide range of instruments, including analytical balances, cell injection, confocal microscopes, patch clamping, optical microscopes, wafer probing, sensor calibration, atomic force microscopes and other sensitive equipment used in semiconductor processing, telecommunications, aerospace engineering, and medical research. It can be configured for a wide variety of applications and customized with a broad range of vibration isolation workstation accessories. Other features include: ultralow natural frequencies; vibradamped frame; customizable accessories; easy to use, with no air supply or electric power needed; choice of tabletops; ergonomic styling; Class 100 [ISO 5] cleanroom compatibility, with Class 10 [ISO 4] available; and no maintenance.
Minus K Technology, Inc.
Non-slip floor coating
Stop-Slip HDV from Garon Products is a strong, chemical-resistant coating that offers non-slip traction. The high-performance coating is ideal for chemical, printing, or food processing plants. The aggressive “peak and valley” profile provides superior traction and prevents hydroplaning even when wet. With low odor and virtually no VOCs, it is suitable for indoor applications. The USDA-approved coating applies easily with a trowel or roller, and dries in 24 to 48 hours to a durable, easy-to-clean surface.
Garon Products, Inc.
Fette, a leading manufacturer and supplier of tablet presses for both pharmaceutical and industrial applications, now offers Fette ABSOLUT filtration/containment systems for the containment and removal of active-compound and toxic-product dust during industrial and pharmaceutical production. The system filters extremely fine dust particles and aerosols, bringing pharmaceutical processing contamination levels down well below the most stringent occupational exposure limits (OEL). The system provides an extremely low airborne dust level during handling via the use of two HEPA filters that allow cleaned air to be reintroduced back into the production area with no impact on room-to-hallway air balancing. It features the use of submicron particulate filter cassettes in both the active filter and safety filter stages, providing: the ability to accept high levels of contaminants in the inlet air stream; guaranteed 24-hour system operation; the ability to dedust different tablet presses with one filter system without product cross-contamination; and integrated weighing systems to provide records of the quantities that have been extracted. The system can be used with coating pans, dedusters, granulating systems, tablet presses, or any other equipment and in any production environment.
Online ordering of replacement filters
Filtco, a leader in fume filtration and containment, has announced the availability of online ordering of replacement filters, making it easier to maintain hoods with the company’s brand replacement filters. Models are available for use in hoods made by Air Science, Astec, Captair Equipment (Bigneat and Crumair), Misonix Equipment (Labcaire), ESCO, and Semper. The online store is located at www.filtcofilters.com, and features: super activated carbon filters, HEPA, and pre-filters for all major manufacturers of fume hoods and forensic products; discounted online prices; short delivery time; guarantee of performance and quality; two easy ways to shop for filters-by the equipment you have, or by part number; payment accepted in various currencies (EUR, GPB, USD); shipping from locations in Europe and United States to reduce shipping costs; and the remaining balance of any factory warranty on your hood will be honored.
Fort Myers, FL
DUV zoom lens for defect analysis
In response to shrinking feature sizes on semiconductor wafers, data storage devices, and microelectronic components, Navitar has released its NanoVue 248 nm 4X Deep UV Zoom lens. The system works in the deep ultraviolet (DUV) light, enabling detection and characterization of yield-critical defects while effectively doubling the resolution limit of conventional visible light microscopes. The NanoVue Zoom lens is ideal for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) new product development and integration into DUV instruments requiring higher throughput. The lens is designed to work with 248 nm DUV infinity-corrected microscope objectives to enable optical inspection to under 0.1 micron and has a zoom range of 0.75X to 3X. When using the 100X objective corrected at 200 mm tube length, a zoom range of 75X to 300X is possible. The field of view (FOV) of 0.14 to 0.37 mm can be achieved when using a 100X infinity corrected DUV objective with a 2/3-inch format sensor. With 0.1 micron resolution, the NanoVue is designed for the highest resolution applications. An optional motorized version speeds the observation process and automation of critical image data acquisition. The small and flexible optical footprint enables a broad range of inspection and defect review tasks including: DUV reticle and photomask inspection; thin film measurement; wafer inspection; CD metrology; failure analysis; and process control.
Thermocouple assembly for high-purity systems
The Partek division of Parker Hannifin offers a new thermocouple assembly design that provides a reliable temperature monitoring sensor for high-purity fluid systems that traditionally use fluoropolymer components. Designated the TS Series, the assembly has been designed as an alternative to sensors for high-purity flow systems that are fabricated by bonding the thermocouple wires between fluoropolymer tubing elements, which can damage the wires’ insulation, creating a wicking path for the flow media that leads to eventual failure of the wiring. The probe is specially designed to fit into Partek’s new TS Series sensor. The tip itself is also sealed with fluoropolymer for protection and long life, and has minimal dead space and entrapment areas. A TS Series sensor can be specified with either a K- or J-type thermocouple probe. Mounting for the sensor is provided in the form of a compact T-shaped PFA fitting that can be installed into fluid lines to function as a straight union or a 90-degree elbow joint. The sensor element is installed into one leg of the T assembly, using a standard PFA compression ferrule set. The thermocouple is available for five tubing diameter sizes from 1/4 to 1 inch, or in a ‘jump size converter’ configuration. The thermocouple is suitable wherever accurate, low-latency temperature monitoring is required in fluoropolymer-based fluid systems.
Parker Hannifin, Partek Division
Ergonomic fume hood
Esco’s new Basic Fume Hood (model EFB-4AX) features combined single-wall/double-wall construction and sloped 8-degree work front, offering improved operator safety and ergonomics and simplified installation of service fixtures on the front panel. Other features include: standard vertical rising fail-safe counterbalanced sash; all metal construction; and it can be shipped unassembled to save storage space and reduce costly freight charges. Standard service fixture includes: 1 water outlet, 1 gas outlet and 2 electrical outlets, and it can be supplied with no worktop for easy adaptability to any work surface. In addition, the EFB has been independently tested and certified according to ASHRAE110 protocols. A full ASHRAE110 test report and certificate are available for download.
Esco Micro Pte. Ltd.
Clear PVC hose
The Flexaust Company, Inc. has introduced a line of clear PVC reinforced hose for a wide range of air movement, duct cleaning, and fume control applications. Flexadux® ADC is a medium weight PVC hose that is reinforced with a spring steel-wire helix and features a smooth inner surface to minimize friction loss and enhance airflow characteristics. Suitable for a variety of positive pressure and light vacuum applications, it has a wide pitch with a 9:1 compression ratio for tight bending and easy storage. Offered in sizes from 4 inches to 18 inches I.D. and standard 25-foot lengths, the hose can be supplied with a variety of accessories including clamps and J-lock connectors to permit quick connections in portable applications. Manufactured with FDA acceptable materials, this clear PVC hose operates over a 20°F to 160°F range and resists chemicals, weathering, and moisture.
The Flexaust Company, Inc.
Universal Air Filter has introduced its non-conductive filters, for applications where space is limited and the filter frame may contact electrically charged surfaces or backplanes. The company’s non-conductive Flex-Frame filters feature flame-retardant, polypropylene plastic designed to meet the stringent filtration and flammability requirements of Telcordia NEBS, CE and UL. The non-conductive, flexing design fits ever-shrinking equipment footprints and is ideal in applications that demand that filters “snake” around components or conform to a radius-type bezel or a curved track. Flex-Frame filters are available with Quadrafoam filter media in various pore sizes: 20 through 45 PPI (green), and 10 through 60 PPI (gray or black). A solvent-resistant, two-part bonding material unites frame and filter media, making them inseparable.
Universal Air Filter Co.
Reinforced silicone hose
AdvantaPure, the sanitary products division of tubing-and-hose manufacturer NewAge Industries, has released its flexible braid-reinforced, platinum-cured silicone hose with a new treatment for the hose ends. Called APSH, the hose is now available with anti-wick seals to prevent liquid absorption within the hose walls, which is particularly important in industries such as pharmaceutical, bioprocess, food and beverage, chemical, and other clean applications. In addition to its anti-wick seal option, APSH is available with color-tracer braid in red, blue, yellow, green and purple and in a white-color, double-braid style for added durability. AdvantaPure manufactures all variations of APSH in HEPA-filtered cleanrooms, with key emphasis on cleanliness and validations. The hose is made from low-volatile-grade, platinum-cured silicone with braided polyester yarn between the hose walls to enhance its pressure and light-duty vacuum capabilities. It has undergone physical, chemical, and biological testing and meets USP Class VI, FDA CFR 177.2600, ISO 10993, European Pharmacopeia 3.1.9, and 3-A standards. APSH hose is suitable for either fluid or air transfer in a wide range of temperatures: -100°F to +400°F (-73°C to +204°C). It resists compression set, chemical attack, ozone, radiation, moisture, environmental exposure, and imparts no taste or odor to critical streams. It’s documented lot traceable with identification on bags and boxes and offers documented quality control as well. APSH may be sterilized by autoclave, SIP, CIP, or gamma radiation.
AdvantaPure, a division of NewAge Industries, Inc.
Cleanroom mop system
The Superior Cleanroom Wall Mop System from Superior Cleanroom Products provides effective and efficient cleaning of cleanroom walls and ceilings. The mop system incorporates a stainless-steel handle and holder, with a disposable wall-washing mop head comprising lint-free polyknit polyester wiping material laminated to an inner core of highly absorbent foam. The mop system is highly resistant to strong chemicals, and is available in a range of sizes.
Superior Cleanroom Products
Endoscope disinfection system
The new EvoTech Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) from Advanced Sterilization Products, a Johnson & Johnson Company, is a washer/disinfection system designed to eliminate labor-intensive manual cleaning of endoscopes. Recently cleared by the FDA, it’s the first and only such system in the U.S. that establishes a consistently high standard of automated endoscope cleaning comparable to professional society guidelines for manual cleaning. The EvoTech ECR is indicated for use with high-level disinfectant CIDEX® OPA Concentrate and an enzymatic detergent (CIDEZYME GI) to achieve cleaning and high-level disinfection of heat-sensitive (>60°C), semicritical endoscopes. Manual cleaning of endoscopes is not required prior to placement in the EvoTech System when selecting those cycles that contain a wash stage. (Manual cleaning is required when selecting the “disinfect only” or “disinfect/alcohol flush” cycle.) EvoTech ECR will be available for purchase in the first half of 2007.
Advanced Sterilization Products, a Johnson & Johnson Company
Manual motor, fan controls
The B-Series VariPhase from AirCare Automation enables manual control of single-phase AC PSC motors and fans, and offers high-end features in an easy-to-use/install package. The internal microprocessor provides control of motor speed over a wide range, improving efficiency and adjustment accuracy. A user-selectable soft-start feature eliminates high-startup currents often found in AC induction motors. A minimum-speed-pot setting keeps motors/fans out of stall-current mode. VariPhase B-Series controls can be installed with shaded-pole or PSC motors. Other features include: 3-wire configuration to reduce humming noise; on/off switch that keeps existing speed setting; LED faceplate that notifies user of speed change; digital control for linear speed change; and easy wall-mount installation.
AirCare Automation, Inc.
The Aero-Pallet from AeroGo, Inc. provides nearly frictionless, horizontal omnidirectional movement to easily move and position heavy loads (1 to 14 tons). It is suitable for manufacturing and assembly applications, transporting in cleanroom environments, and moving finished products to shipping, storage and testing areas. Features include quiet operation, no emissions and vibrationless movement.
Air monitor for isolators
International pbi has introduced its SAS Isolator for simplified microbiological air monitoring of isolators and restricted areas. It features a stainless-steel sampling chamber that is separate from the operation unit of the air sampler, connected by a small cable to avoid bulky air tubing. The compact stainless-steel aspirating chamber can be positioned or suspended in any convenient place inside the isolator and is sterilized by VHP, with the operation unit outside. The operation unit can be connected to a printer or computer to record all sampling data. Routine calibration can be performed inside the isolator using the digital Pyramid anemometer.
International pbi S.p.A
Qosina, a leading provider of stock and custom-made components including USP Class VI tubing, filters, hemostasis valves, plastisol connectors, swabs, applicators and more, announces the release of its 568-page catalog featuring thousands of OEM disposable components. The 2007 edition contains full-size color photos of all Qosina products, including over 550 new parts, on a handy one-centimeter grid for accurate sizing. The Qosina catalog is a useful resource for engineers, product designers and purchasing departments. It also offers an expanded section for laboratory products as well as packaging items, such as dispenser tip bottles, QosiPET vials and droppers, and syringes. To receive a copy of the 2007 catalog, call a Customer Specialist at (631) 242-3000 or send an email to email@example.com.
Safety and protection products catalog
The 2007-2008 Cole-Parmer® General Catalog has 2,600 pages with more than 60,000 products-including 11,000 new items. The company’s innovative facility safety and personal protection product lines feature environmental monitoring instrumentation, protective apparel, spill control equipment, and more. All sales are backed by free applications assistance for the life of the product. To reserve a free catalog, call (800) 323-4340 or visit www.coleparmer.com/2010.
Vernon Hills, Ill.
Cleanroom apparel catalog
Superior Uniform Group recently launched its new Worklon® catalog featuring cleanroom and controlled environment apparel and accessories for particle control, electrostatic dissipation, fluid resistance and bacteria filtration. ESD Lab Wear is offered in a variety of fabrics and styles. To view the new catalog, visit the company’s Web site.
Superior Uniform Group
Fluid sensors catalog
The Fluid Sensors and Diagnostic Systems 2006/2007 free catalog from ifm efector offers over 400 product solutions for process control applications. The easy-to-use, 415-page catalog features the following product lines: pressure and vacuum sensors; flow sensors; level sensors; temperature sensors; condition monitoring sensors; actuator sensors; power supplies; and wiring solutions. Products are organized by intended environment, including industrial automation, sanitary and hazardous applications. To order a free catalog, visit the company’s Web site.
ifm efector inc.
Measuring, control instruments catalog
Dwyer Instruments, Inc., producer of a broad range of measuring and control instruments for pressure, temperature, level, flow and other related applications, has released its 2007 catalog, featuring a wide range of practical and affordable instrumentation in a convenient, easy-to-use format. Product ordering information is complete and includes schedules for discounts. Orders can also be placed, checked and tracked from Dwyer’s Web site. Inventories are stocked in factory-operated warehouses in the U.S., Australia and the United Kingdom. Representatives and distributors in 60 countries assure worldwide availability. To order a free catalog or for more information, visit the company’s Web site.
Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
Michigan City, IN
Computer Imprintable Label Systems LLC (CILS) has launched its new direct-order catalog and Web site featuring over 10,000 durable laboratory label products. A wide range of high-specification, customized and stock labels suitable for laser, thermal transfer, inkjet printing and handwriting are available. All labels are manufactured by CILS and are supplied in economical pack quantities or convenient booklets for slides, tubes, vials, plates, bottles, glassware and more. The new catalog and Web site enable fast and easy ordering with same-day online quotations for customized labels. To request a copy of the catalog, visit the company’s Web site.
Computer Imprintable Label Systems LLC