Viessmann Kältetechnik AG combines refrigeration and cleanroom technology for the protection of sensitive production and research processes with its new Cleanroom Refrigeration Cells. Suitable for the storage of natural sample and pharmaceutical raw materials, these refrigeration cells deliver the highest standard of cleanliness to the demanding life science sector. Featuring modular construction, the refrigeration cells are built to impede the penetration of moisture and contamination. In addition, an optional antimicrobial surface coating provides active and enduring protection against microorganisms. Other features include: flat fitting of the flooring element with radius strips; a cold-room door with a slope for access control and security; and an interior built-in lighting unit with low-temperature lighting. All air conducting elements are integrated in the cell in compliance with GMP, and filter modules recessed in the ceiling or side walls feature easily dismantled and cleanable return-air shafts with optional prefilter cartridges.
Sterilizable RFID tag
The GammaTag is the first and only read/write radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that’s safely sterilizable by gamma radiation. It provides reliable electronic identification and data storage of single-use/disposable components used in critical process industries, such as pharmaceutical, bioprocess/biomedical, food and beverage, and medical device. GammaTag easily attaches to components such as sample and production bags, tanks, filters, manifolds, tubing and hose, storage vessels, and to complete single-use systems. Several attachment methods (e.g., silicone tape, watchband style holders, pouches, and lamination) are available. The tag withstands gamma radiation up to 45 kGy (kilograys) and temperatures from -20°C to +85°C (-4°F to +185°F). The read/write ability makes the tag unique because data can be written directly on the tag, unlike read-only bar code labels or tags. In conjunction with a handheld tag reader and software (known as Process Equipment Tracking [PET]), GammaTag allows access to the current status of process components.
AdvantaPure, a division of NewAge Industries, Inc.
Aseptic filling system
The FMB210 filler from Flexicon America offers an aseptic filling process that combines the security of sterile containment and gentle peristaltic dispensing action to safely and accurately fill injectable products into vials. Flexicon filling technology features a sterile fill channel that assures repeatable accuracy in fill volumes. The modular design of the FMB210 monobloc system is well suited for contract outsource manufacturers who require flexible, Just-in-Time solutions for filling and capping of lyophilized injectables. Since product comes in contact only with the medical-grade silicone tubing and the filling needle, there is no risk of product cross-contamination between batches or between product changeover. With only a simple change of the tubing and fill needle, and a format change to accommodate size variations in vials and caps, the FMB210 is ready to accommodate a new product in less than 10 minutes. Optimum design of laminar airflow guards provides maximum protection to open vials. The FMB210 monobloc can be adapted for full-system integration into isolators.
Flexicon America, Inc.
Wafer shipping box
The new Ultrapak® Edge Guard 200 mm wafer shipping box from Entegris, Inc. provides reduced edge contamination in a secure shipping environment. According to the company, users can expect to see a reduction of 50 percent or greater in particle contamination due to edge contact. In addition, horizontal and vertical robotic pick-up flanges on the cassette allow for convenient handling, while center-notch track alignment and “H” bar features ensure accurate equipment interoperability.
Low-level moisture measurement
HygroTrace from GE Sensing uses a newly patented technique to provide accurate and reliable measurement for 0 to 100 parts-per-billion (ppb) moisture levels critical to a variety of semiconductor, LCD, and other manufacturing processes. Typical semiconductor applications include measurement of moisture in UHP gas delivery and distribution systems and point-of-use moisture measurement protection. The HygroTrace uses aluminum oxide technology with a new technique that improves sensor speed of response to provide ppb moisture measurement in minutes. In addition, the meter has the form factor of a transmitter package with the only wetted parts being essentially a flow-through 1⁄4-inch VCR tee fitting. The HygroTrace package is 80 to 90 percent smaller than competitive analyzers and costs 50 to 70 percent less. The instrument features a large, integrated backlit display, which users can easily read from several feet away. A six-button keypad allows users to program the unit for output range and to check on performance. The unit is loop-powered using a 20-28 VDC source and provides a 4-20 mA output proportional to a user-programmed range.
Qosina now offers vented spikes with bacteria-proof ventilation, hydrophobic filters and female luer locks. The latex-free, PVC-free spikes are engineered for ergonomic fluid transfer with a low piercing force and priming volume. The 2.5-inch-long spikes have MABS housing, PTFE membranes and polypropylene caps, and they are available with color-coded green, blue or red protective safety snap caps that open and close with one hand. The blue- and red-capped spikes have an additional 5-micron particle filter. The blue and green versions have an opaque white body, while the red spike has a clear body.
Disposable filter assembly
Meissner introduces the UltraCap® H.D. (Heavy Duty) high-capacity disposable filter assembly for liquid, gas, and vent applications. It is a completely disposable, high-flow, high-throughput filter system designed to process medium to large liquid batches. The UltraCap H.D. is optimized for continuous and batch processing in biomanufacturing operations and for final and prefiltration in pharmaceutical applications. It is offered with T-style sanitary flange inlet and outlet connections with filter media removal ratings from 0.04 μm to 100 μm. It is available with a variety of membranes and depth media. The assembly resists damage from rough handling conditions and demanding environments. Several length options (10, 20, 30 and 40 inches) allow fast, easy scale-up. UltraCap H.D. is available gamma-irradiated for aseptic applications.
Meissner Filtration Products, Inc.
Antimicrobial floor resurfacer
Valspar Flooring, a division of Valspar, Inc., has announced a major upgrade to its Flowfresh® SR chemical-resistant cementitious urethane floor resurfacer with built-in antimicrobial. Utilizing a proprietary new aggregate, this next generation of Flowfresh SR offers improved thermal shock resistance, withstanding temperatures to 210°F. SR also provides superior protection against impact and abrasions that would scratch, stain or otherwise damage a lesser quality flooring system. Simplified installation, particularly in slope-to-drain areas, ensures quick turnaround. Flowfresh is ideal for resurfacing concrete floors in wet processing areas, and is especially effective in USDA-inspected food, beverage or pharmaceutical plants. A high-performance, natural antimicrobial is integrated into all Flowfresh flooring products to inhibit the growth of bacterial odors, guard against degradation from microorganisms, and prevent the growth of a wide range of harmful microbes. Flowfresh is slip resistant, helping to eliminate or reduce injury risk in wet locations, and the system can be finished with a decorative quartz broadcast to ensure further slip resistance.
Indoor air quality monitor
The new Multinorm from Carltex, Inc. is an all-in-one instrument for monitoring indoor environmental and air quality parameters. Available measurements include air temperature, air velocity, relative humidity, dew point, illuminance, luminance, CO, CO2 and sound (Class 1 and 2) analyses. Additional features of the Multinorm include luminance measurement, contrast, globe temperature, thermocouple (contact temperature), predictive mean vote (PMV), predictive percentage of dissatisfied (PPD), and wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT). Multinorm can operate in two modes: In the online mode it displays current measurements, while in the logger mode, it automatically stores all measurement values per logging interval. Software is included for data analysis, charting and reporting. Firmware is upgradeable for future new probe additions.
Fatigue and endurance testing system
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments’ (SSI) ADT-A Series Air Servo meets the needs of high-precision fatigue and endurance testing while addressing the challenges of the cleanroom environment. It features pneumatic operation, reducing impact on the environment. The instruments require no hydraulic fluid, eliminating the need for fluid maintenance, replenishment and disposal along with the possibility of environmental contamination.
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
A new 4μL micropump available from Bio-Chem Valve and Omnifit accurately and efficiently dispenses low-pressure microflows of high-purity or aggressive liquids. The miniature, faster-cycling, microdispensing Model 030 pump achieves greater output by cycling at up to 4 Hz. Designed for speed in cycling, the miniature, lightweight pump utilizes a fast-response solenoid that is capable of quickly dispensing microvolumes. The pump offers up to 20 million dispense cycles and features low power consumption, minimal heat generation, low internal volume and a positive shut-off. The diaphragm is made of PTFE; the pump body is formed of P.P.S. as a standard; and the check valve is DuPont Viton® or FKM. The Model 030 is designed for flexibility to meet a wide range of footprints and profiles for use in medical and laboratory instrumentation and manufacturing applications. The simple addition of a screw nut offers a quick-change manifold mount connection.
Bio-Chem Valve Inc. and Omnifit, Ltd.
Gas purification system
Entegris, Inc. has introduced its Extreme Clean Dry Air (XCDA®) gas purification system for use as a safer and more cost-effective alternative to conventional nitrogen gas purging in reticle pods and stockers. XCDA purified, clean, dry air is as chemically clean as, and about 40 percent less expensive than, house nitrogen and has none of the asphyxiation risks associated with continuous nitrogen purge. The dual-bed, self-regenerating design purifiers contain clean, dry air to maintain a continuous flow of ultrapure gas.
Compact, radial fans
Rosenberg’s new family of compact radial fans with free-running impellers and variable speeds combine electronically commutated external rotor motors with newly developed integrated power electronics. The new fans’ (models GKHR and GKHM) long-life, low-temperature, brushless DC motors are controlled by maintenance-free electronic circuitry. GKHR fans are motorized impellers, mounted and balanced, that may be provided with or without an inlet cone. GKHM fans are complete fan modules. The external rotor design and high power density make the fans ideal for use in ventilation and air conditioning applications. With reduced mechanical content, the fan motors run cooler and quieter, require little or no maintenance and can be speed-controlled using an external potentiometer or 0-10V PWM signal. The new EC motors deliver highly efficient, low-noise performance without using collectors and carbon brushes, which can wear out and shorten motor life. The new models also feature power supply and control leads that connect directly at the motor, simplifying installation. In pressure control applications, the EC motors can be direct-connected to a pressure sensor. In master-slave designs, the pressure-controlled output of the master fan controls slave-unit speeds. Networking is accomplished by linking fan motor electronics to a computer using an RS485 interface.
Indian Trail, NC
Stainless-steel garment racks
Clean Air Products introduces the Series 38ST garment rack, a rugged stainless-steel wire hanger rack available in 3-, 4-, 5-, 6- and 8-foot lengths. Racks can have single or double rows for access from both sides. A variety of hanger styles and options are available to suit specific application needs, including removable open-loop, non-removable closed-loop, or “no take” removable hangers with labels and hanger spacers.
Clean Air Products
Air, gas flow sensors
SCHMIDT has introduced a new generation of its SS 20.60 family of air and gas flow sensors. The sensors feature: a measuring range of 200 m/s; turn-down ratio 1 to 1000; calibration accuracy 1 percent of measuring value; sensor tip with high media resistance; availability of analog interface or Profibus-DP or Device-Net interface. The small size of the sensor makes it one of the most compact flow sensors on the market.
St. Georgen, Germany
Portable indoor-air purification system
Zentox now offers the Photox 100W, a portable, advanced, indoor-air purification system that can be wall-mounted or placed on a table. Based on photocatalytic oxidation technology (PCO), the system is designed to destroy noxious odors and toxic vapors, and to inactivate infectious microorganisms in the indoor environment. It does not emit any harmful by-products or ozone, and the destruction of contaminants occurs inside the unit. The system effectively removes a variety of airborne contaminants including bacteria, virus, mold, ammonia, cleaning solvent vapors, paint odor, ozone, hydrogen sulfide, urine/fecal odors, cooking odors, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It is ideally suited for use in problem areas in hospitals, medical offices, laboratories, and more. It will effectively purify the air in rooms up to 800 square feet in size. The system is easy to operate and maintain, requiring only the annual replacement of the germicidal UV lamp and the photocatalytic cartridge. The unit weighs only eight pounds, and measures 17” (H) x 14.5” (W) x 8” (D). Photox 100W units have been certified by ETL to meet UL safety standards.
Newport News, VA
Sanitary barbed connector
A new style of barbed connector is now available from AdvantaPure. Precision molded with an improved design, these fittings are ideal for the laboratory, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical, bioprocess, chemical, purified water, and medical component industries, as well as other applications that call for a lightweight, inert fitting. The new Thermobarb® FDA PP offers several benefits over look-alike connectors, including: elimination of mold parting lines and flashing (waste particles that can dislodge during use and cause contamination); a longer, more tapered lead barb for easier installation, a tighter fit and reduced leakage; smooth surfaces throughout for unrestricted, uniform flow; sterilization by gamma radiation or autoclave; absence of animal-derived ingredients; a temperature range of 10°F to 220°F (-12°C to +104°C). Thermobarb FDA PP fittings conform to USP Class VI standards and are compliant with FDA 21 CFR 177.1520 for food-contact surfaces and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). They’re manufactured in the U.S. at an ISO 9002:2000 certified facility. The fittings work well with soft, flexible tubing such as silicone or thermoplastic rubber (TPR) and are ideal connectors for single-use/disposable tubing assemblies in, for example, sampling and fill applications. The connectors are currently available in Y-style in three sizes (1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2”), but other styles are in development.
AdvantaPure, a division of NewAge Industries, Inc.
Single-use filter assembly
Meissner’s DPS (Disposable Processing System) is a pre-assembled, pharmaceutical-grade, single-use filter, tubing and flexible biocontainer system that provides a cost-effective, convenient solution for today’s bioprocessing manufacturing needs. DPS assemblies incorporate the end user’s choice of Meissner’s sterilizing-grade EverLUX PES, STyLUX® PES or SteriLUX® PVDF membrane filters. Filter configurations include capsules, UltraCap® high-capacity capsules or UltraCap® H.D. (heavy duty) high-capacity capsules. The assemblies are configured using prevalidated building blocks from Meissner’s component library, and can also be customized to the end user’s requirements for processing 5 L to 2,000 L of biopharmaceutical process liquids and products. The assemblies can be used for sterile filling, dispensing, sampling, transporting, and mixing through temporary hold and long-term storage for many biopharmaceutical process fluids, bulk and purified products. Each assembly is gamma-irradiated and ready for immediate use. DPS is ideal for rapid scale-up or scale-down manufacturing runs.
Meissner Filtration Products, Inc.
Low-volume dispensing micropump
A new generation of the high-accuracy, low-volume dispensing 130 SP micropump from Bio-Chem Valve and Omnifit offers sturdier components within a new body design. The Model 130 SP pump features an all-Teflon fluid path that is sandwiched within a sturdy DELRIN base for a firmer, more stable connection to fittings and/or to a manifold base. The self-priming micropump is constructed with perfluorelastomer check valves and a diaphragm to safely contain and control acidic media, abrasive chemical solutions and cleaning agents within the inert flow channel. Discrete factory-set outputs on the normally closed diaphragm pumps range from 10 μL to 50 μL and can be cycled at up to 2.0 Hz. Flow rates reach up to 6.0 mL/minute. The pump offers up to 20 million dispense cycles and is well suited for rugged laboratory operations in which a wide range of aggressive fluids are used. A cleaning solution can be pumped directly through the fittings and water flushed during process or chemical changeover. Loosening the fittings or removing the manifold screws to install or replace the pump enables fast, easy installation and/or replacement by a laboratory technician or operator.
Bio-Chem Valve, Inc. and Omnifit, Ltd.
Freestanding air handler
General Air Corporation’s new environmental air handler model AH-500-TH is designed to provide clean-air, temperature and humidity control for tools requiring precise temperature and humidity control in the semiconductor industry. The air handler is a freestanding enclosure designed to be placed inside a building or cleanroom where some initial form of environmental control already exists. The unit air intake is from the immediate surroundings; the air is then conditioned and filtered in a single pass via a duct directly to the appropriate tool. The unit is suitable for Class 100 (ISO 5) environments.
General Air Corporation
Anti-fatigue mat with static control
3M’s new Static Control Anti-Fatigue Mat 9900 Series enables workers to stand comfortably for long periods while minimizing the fatigue associated with standing work. In addition, the mats bleed off static electricity as part of a total static control system. The durable rubber mats, which measure 0.60 inches (1.52 cm) thick and have a beveled edge made of solid molded rubber, consist of a matrix of hollow cylinders that function like springs when compressed, providing a durable cushion that offers secure, stable footing and responsiveness. The black mats weigh two pounds per square foot and come in three sizes: standard (3 ft. x 5 ft. [0.9 m x 1.5 m]); octagonal (22-inch diameter [55.9 cm]), and three-foot-wide runners that can be cut to a custom length. Made of SBR rubber polymers, the anti-fatigue mats can be cleaned by sweeping, vacuuming or with a damp mop. They can be used at assembly and manufacturing workstations, warehouse and shipping areas, medical labs, and in field-service applications. They have a resistance in surface-to-ground snap of <1 x 106 ohms and surface-to-ground resistance of <2 x 106 ohms when connected through a 3M brand ground cord 3040. The mats also feature a three-year warranty.
Tools for advanced photolithography apps
Tools for advanced photolithography apps
Entegris, Inc. has introduced several new products for advanced 193 nm (ArF) photolithography applications. These products, which include the Impact® Duo, Impact® Mini, IntelliGen® Mini and Optimizer® ST, provide integrated solutions for the filtration and dispense of photochemicals and other coatings onto the wafer. The Impact Duo filter is designed for advanced photochemical filtration. It combines advanced membrane technologies to provide the highest level of retention. These membrane technologies-sieving and non-sieving-utilize a dual-capture filtration mechanism to ensure that defect-causing impurities are removed from photochemical solutions before reaching the wafer surface. The IntelliGen Mini photochemical dispense system utilizes proprietary two-stage technology and closed-loop pressure control to eliminate particulates and bubbles while providing accurate and repeatable dispense. By detecting variations during photoresist dispense, the IntelliGen Mini dispense system can prevent wafer scrap due to coating problems. The Impact Mini filter is designed to work seamlessly with the IntelliGen Mini dispense system. The filter features an optimized filtration area and hold-up volume intended to minimize chemical waste, shorten filter change-out time and reduce defect levels during semiconductor fabrication. The filter design also utilizes a greater than 60 percent reduction in surface area, thus reducing overall photochemical usage costs. Finally, the Optimizer ST filter provides improved particle retention and cleanliness for point-of-use developer and DI water filtration in ArF processes. The filters are designed to integrate with the company’s Optimizer ST2 manifolds, taking advantage of its patented Connectology® technology for a safe, effective and fast filter change-out.
Optics solutions catalog
Navitar, a global leader of imaging optics technology has released its new 100-page, full-color product catalog. Featuring photos, drawings, and technical specifications, the catalog includes Navitar’s complete product line of optical solutions for machine vision, automation, assembly, imaging, measuring, inspection and biomedical sciences. It contains over 400 products including many new lenses, attachments, adapters, controllers, and illuminators. It features expanded system diagrams, performance specifications, and additional lens accessories for the company’s signature product lines of high and low mag lenses. To request a copy, visit the company’s Web site.