Compiled by Carrie Meadows
Class 100 cleanroom cabinet oven
The No. 971 is an electrically heated, 500°F (257°C) Class 100 cleanroom cabinet oven from Grieve, used to sterilize glassware at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions measure 36 x 36 x 39 inches. A 1,200 CFM, 1-1/2 horsepower recirculating blower motor provides horizontal airflow to the workload. For Class 100 cleanroom compliance, this cabinet oven has a 12 x 12 x 6-inch thick HEPA fresh air filter with 2-inch prefilter and a 30 x 24 x 6-inch thick stainless-steel, high-temperature HEPA recirculating filter.
The Grieve Corporation
Round Lake, IL
Port fitting, combo strainer/ball valve
Victaulic has added the Tour & Andersson Series 78U Union Port Fitting and Series 78Y Strainer/Ball Valve Combination to its product line for measuring and balancing flow rates. The port fitting features a port section equipped with a manual air-vent port on top, allowing for optimal positioning at the coil outlet and effective venting together with a pressure/temperature port on the side. The strainer/ball valve combination helps protect both coil and modulating valve from pipe scale, sand, or weld slag. The valve combination consists of a stainless-steel strainer, a blowout-proof valve stem, Teflon® packing, plated ball, and a strainer-blowdown and drain valve with hose thread, cap, and retainer. Both products are available in 1/2 to 3/4 inch versions. They are pressure rated up to 400 psi/2,758 kPa and can withstand temperatures up to 250°F (120°C).
Filters for recirculation, FFU applications
Process, contamination control, and quality assurance engineers can minimize AMC-related defects with cleanroom-compatible filters from Purafil. The Purafilter®-CG and the Purafilter®-FFU use Purafil’s patented dry-chemical media to target specific groups of gases in specific areas of cleanrooms. The filter media permanently remove AMC by transforming the gases into harmless solids. Both filters are also available with or without an integral 95% (MERV 15/EU8/F8) particulate filter. Third-party testing verifies that the filters do not contain materials that produce chemical contamination, nor do they outgas trace metals or dopants. The Purafilter-CG works in recirculation air applications, and the Purafilter-FFU can be incorporated into most FFUs upstream of HEPA/ULPA filters; both are available for various media types.
DuctSox®, a manufacturer of U.S.-made fabric duct systems and accessories, has introduced the D-Fuser, the HVAC industry’s first fabric-faced diffuser for research laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and other critical environments. The D-Fuser features an environmentally friendly, 50 percent recycled polyester fabric face with an antimicrobial treatment. A trim kit is available for finished ceiling retrofits. It is immediately available in three models: Lami-Flow-vertical dispersion through fabric porosity; Radial Flow-radial dispersion, fabric porosity, and venting; and Select Flow-fabric porosity and custom venting. The D-Fuser’s face-frame is easily disengaged without tools, via six quarter-turn fasteners, for sanitizing or quick airflow direction change-outs. Retrofit kits will also become available to allow customers to outfit their existing backpan with one of the three available models.
Modular workstation with conveyor system
Lista International Corporation presents the Arlink® 8000 Modular Workstation System with conveyor solutions. Ergonomically designed, these modular workstations offer flexibility to accommodate changing or future needs. Suitable for a variety of applications, such as assembly, inspection, testing, rework, packaging, and material transfer, the workstations are also available with a supplied conveyor system or easily integrated with an existing conveyor for cost-effective, high-efficiency workflow management through the entire production stream. The Arlink 8000’s Definite Positioning System makes relocating or adjusting worksurfaces, storage, shelving, lights, power beams, footrests, and more fast, easy, and safe. Worksurfaces are available in standard laminate or static dissipative.
Lista International Corporation
Small-volume drug sampling system
The new NovaSeptum AV Accurate Volume system from Millipore is designed to meet the requirements for aseptic and sterile sampling of biotherapeutic products. The closed, accurate sampling system enables production personnel to obtain small-volume product samples easily and efficiently without the risk of cross-contamination. This level of accurate sampling eliminates the aliquoting step, further reducing the risk of cross-contamination. The ability to dispense product with milliliter accuracy improves sampling efficiency while reducing potential product waste. The NovaSeptum syringe can also be stored until sample testing is required. The drug product and sample are always enclosed in a sterile, closed environment. The risk of false positives is eliminated and the safety of the product, sample, and operator is ensured.
Luminescent oxygen sensor
The G1100 Trace Oxygen Sensor from Hach Company is the first sensor for ppb level oxygen monitoring that uses luminescent dissolved oxygen (LDO) technology. Design for maximum reliability and minimal maintenance, the sensor offers advantages over DO sensors with traditional chemical cells: no electrolyte, chemicals, or complex service procedures are required; it incorporates automatic on-line calibration; real-time diagnostics are provided; and service requirements are limited to just five minutes every 18 months, according to the company. It features a detection limit of 0.01 ppb and measures DO in the range of 0 to 20,000 ppb.
Powder-free textured gloves
Tronex Nitrile powder- and latex-free textured examination gloves are manufactured to provide highly reliable protection and effective resistance against chemicals and sharp objects. They meet the ASTM 739-99 Chemo Rating and exceed FDA (K) Requirements, as well as satisfying other leading manufacturing standards. The gloves offer a high degree of tensile strength and elongation; ultra-low modulus formulations allow tactile sensitivity, flexibility, and dexterity for reduced hand fatigue in the health care and pharmaceutical industries. Sizes small, medium, large, and extra large are available in boxes of 50 (10 boxes per case for a total of 500 gloves).
Tronex Healthcare Industries, a division of Tronex Company
Tabletop filler and capper for ophthalmics and topicals
The FF30 Bottle Handling System from Flexicon America moves from liquid fills to handling viscous ointments, gels, or creams simply by attachment to the appropriate dispensing pump. Liquid fill materials within the PF6 are completely isolated within the replaceable sterile silicone tubing. For more viscous materials, the Tabletop FF30 is simply moved into place and paired with the quick calibrating, simple-to-clean DF32 Positive Displacement pump head. The pump generates no flow pulsation and does not interfere with homogeneous products. Depending on viscosity, fill volume, and container size, bottles can be filled at speeds of up to 1,200 fills per hour. Liquids can be filled in volumes from 0.1 to 100 ml, and creams can be filled in volumes from 10 to 5,000 ml.
Flexicon America Inc.
Energy-saving high-intensity fluorescent lighting
Orion’s high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) systems and controls replace the standard high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting fixture. HIF systems deliver an average of 50 percent more light at half the energy usage compared to HID lighting fixtures. Products include the Compact Modular T8 Series, a high-bay lighting series designed for industrial, distribution, and warehousing applications; the T8 Enclosure Series, designed for freezer applications; and Conversion Kits designed to upgrade conventional 4-foot T12 strip fixtures. A patented aluminum “I” frame dissipates heat at a much higher rate than steel, lowering the temperature surrounding the ballast and increasing its expected life. Orion lighting products are designed to comply with or exceed all UL requirements.
Orion Energy Systems
Programmable syringe pump
The Harvard Apparatus PHD 400 programmable syringe pump has a high-power stepper motor that provides more than 200 lb. of linear force. Using a 2.5 ml stainless-steel syringe, the user can achieve pressures up to 8,000 psi for applications such as micro-reactor delivery, drug delivery, working with highly corrosive materials, and high-pressure reactors. The PHD 4000 can run continuously in pump mode, dispense a specific volume in volume mode, or run multiple sequences in program mode; sequences can be stored in the non-volatile memory for future use.
Harvard Apparatus, Inc.
Utility software for airborne particle counters
Biotest has released the APCOne11-21 CFR Part 11 compatible-Download Utility Software for its line of airborne particle counters. The tool allows the user to safely transfer data from the particle counters to a computer without compromising data validity. The secure electronic transfer reduces operator error and meets FDA standards for data protection. It also has an audit trail to log critical events, password protection features, and digital signature application for file authentication.
Extended-life contactors for IC testing
inTEST Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of equipment for semiconductor testing, has introduced V-Touch Extended-Life Contactors featuring more precisely aligned spring pins, with critical feature machining tolerances that are tighter than those of conventional products (less than 0.0003 inches, approximately 0.6 microns). Proper spring pin alignment is critical for repeatable electrical measurements and minimizing false negatives (the rejection of good ICs). The V-Touch designs, which incorporate DuPont’s state-of-the-art Vespel® polyimide, deliver longer cycle life than conventional contactors. The organic polymer is known for its low wear, excellent creep resistance, impact resistance, and strength. Because inTEST optimizes the design for each probe structure, customers are free to use whatever spring probe they prefer for their test.
Cherry Hill, NJ