Compiled by Angela Godwin
Stainless-steel pry bar
Steritool has expanded its line of critical industry-specific stainless-steel tools with the introduction of their new stainless-steel pry bars in three sizes. Designed for applications where contamination from ferrous tools is a critical concern, the bars are manufactured entirely from electropolished 17-4PH stainless-steel hex stock, without plating or coating of any kind. The bars are available in lengths of 13.5 inches (337 mm), 16 inches (400 mm), and 18 inches (450 mm), with shaft diameters of 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, and 5/8 inch, respectively.
Body box for garment testing
Technovation has introduced its ISO Class 2 or Class 3 Body Box with HA3S (High Accuracy Averaging Aerosol Sampler), which meets or exceeds IEST-RP-CC003.2. The HA3S sampler has an almost unity calibration factor, even when tested with a calibrated point source aerosol, which simulates garment shedding better than a dispersed aerosol. The airflow design minimizes footprint and enables the body box to be optionally integrated into the cleanroom for significant cost savings. The body box features a digital, programmable drive-fan speed control for ease of operation and velocity control. Technovation also provides expert consulting and training.
Split-configuration fluid processor
Microfluidics has introduced the Split System Microfluidizer® Processor for all M-700 Series models. In this split-configuration version of the processor, the Power Module, which contains the electric motor, cooling fan, hydraulic oil reservoir and cooling system, is separated from the Processing Module. With no electrical requirements, the Processing Module can safely operate by interconnecting pneumatic and hydraulic lines from the remote Power Module. Separating the two modules eliminates concerns about atmospheric conditions, contamination, space issues and hazardous environments within the processing area. Additionally, audible noise levels are well below OSHA limits, thus eliminating the need for operators to wear hearing protection. The Split System offers the same features, options and accessories as the standard integral models. Capable of producing flow rates anywhere from 2 gallons per minute (GPM) at 40,000 psi to more than 10 GPM at 5,000 psi in batch or continuous mode, the M-700 Series is a suitable alternative to expensive high-pressure fluid processors or traditional homogenizers. With the aid of the dual synchronous intensifier pumping system, the product is kept flowing at high velocities and near constant pressure through the patented fixed-geometry interaction chamber, resulting in shear forces intense enough to reduce particles and droplets to submicron sizes with narrow and uniform distribution, usually in a single pass. Additionally processors are capable of uniform deagglomeration, dispersing and distributing particles to create stable emulsions and solid-in-liquid suspensions. The optional Ultra-Clean-in-Place (UCIP) feature thoroughly cleans the system between batches or before storage. Because the interaction chamber employs no moving parts, no disassembly is required for cleaning.
Portable air filtration unit
XenGenn introduces MEDIQAIR, a self-contained, portable air filtration unit made especially for ISO 14644-1 controlled environment facilities. The unit cleans and removes particles from the surrounding air by capturing and holding contaminants, using a 99.97 percent efficient HEPA filter. It has two operating speeds (1,400/2,200 CFM) and can be operated in the horizontal or vertical position. The unit weighs less than 135 pounds and is easy to set up and operate. A built-in sensor indicates when the filter needs to be changed. The unit is a low-cost alternative to traditional cleanroom construction and can be fully operational within hours of receipt. When used in conjunction with existing cleanroom systems, MEDIQAIR can be positioned at the point of contamination to target “hot spots,” to reduce or contain the affected area. Field-tested for three years, the unit has consistently demonstrated the ability to achieve ISO 8 (Class 100,000) operation in a production-manufacturing environment when used in conjunction with traditional cleanroom GMP. It plugs into a standard 110 Volts/15 Amp Outlet and is available for purchase or rental. The outer body comes with a lifetime warranty and contains integrated wheels for easy transportation. It is available from stock, and overnight shipments are available within a limited area.
Industrial vacuum cleaners
Nilfisk-Advance America has launched its newest line of industrial vacuum cleaners, the SL Vac series. Designed to meet cost and performance concerns, the SL Vac features solid construction and strong performance. Through its high efficiency levels, the SL Vac effectively reduces the overall cost of cleaning. This vacuum simultaneously addresses cleanliness standards and the health and safety concerns of employees. Lightweight and highly maneuverable, the vacuum features rear swiveling wheels with locking brakes and a unique release lever, which lowers the wheeled collection container for fast and easy disposal of collected debris.
Cleanroom plenum sections
Clean Air Products introduces Series 150 Vertical Flow Modular Plenum Sections. These cleanroom components combine functionality with flexibility to create modular systems that meet cleanroom application needs. The Series 150 consists of full-ceiling HEPA-filter plenum sections that provide filtered laminar flow air to clean areas. These sections are designed to deliver filtered air through 100 percent of the ceiling’s available surface area. Sections are available in a number of configurations, including units with blowers on the end (with or without legs), and units with blowers on top (with or without legs).
Clean Air Products
High-purity water production
Ultrapure water specialist Christ, Member of the Christ Water Technology Group, introduces the Osmotron Inject for the production of high-purity water (HPW) by means of two reverse osmosis stages and electrodeionization. The safe, closed system is compact and entirely hot water-sanitizable. For applications requiring an integrity test, the second reverse osmosis stage can be replaced with an ultrafiltration (UF) stage. In either configuration, softened water passes the security filter and reaches the reverse osmosis at a high pressure. Most of the water passes through the membrane with a residual salt content of approximately 2 percent, leaving most of the dissolved and any suspended matter behind. Next, the permeate passes to the patented, temperature-stable Christ electrodeionization module, Septrosan, where it is fully demineralized. This treatment also reduces pyrogens and microbial contamination due to the very high pH gradients (pH2 to pH12). The last process step is reverse osmosis or UF. The hollow fiber UF module is also sanitizable and can be completely drained. The cut-off rating used (MWCO) is 6,000 dalton. The double-skinned, asymmetrical membranes and the deadspace-free, entirely resin-potted construction offers the highest security. The Osmotron Inject produces a water quality that meets or exceeds the limit values of USP 27 and EP 5. The conductivity reaches a value of approximately 0.1 μS/cm and the TOC value is typically less than 20 ppb. The relevant microbial values are typically less than 5 CFU/100 mL and endotoxins levels are less than 0.06 EU/mL. The standard product range provides 500 to 10,000 liters per hour and customized configurations are available for higher flow rates. The Osmotron Inject is manufactured using 316 L, orbitally welded, sanitary pipework with a surface roughness Ra of less than 0.8 μm.
Christ Water Technology Group