Compiled by Carrie Meadows
Ozone generation and purification system
In pharmaceutical and cosmetics production, purified water forms the basis of all processes. Ozone ensures an effective disinfection of deionized purified water. With the Steritron, ozone is produced by electrolysis from the purified water available. The oxidation potential of the gas destroys the cell wall and membrane of microorganisms without chemically or physically modifying the water. The system’s process generates ozone in highest concentrations–up to 18 weight percent of ozone in oxygen. The electrolytic ozone generator is easy to install, low maintenance, and eliminates operating stops for rinsing cycles. It also removes the need for steam sterilization of the plant distributing purified water. The appliance meets the EC directives for electromagnetic compatibility and is CE compliant.
Christ Water Technology Group
Increased liquid and vapor protection with garment
DuPont’s Tychem® BR garment, certified to NFPA 1994 Class 2, is lighter in weight and less cumbersome than a traditional fully encapsulated suit. It provides increased vapor and liquid protection, is easier and faster to change into, and is more cost-effective than traditional garments. Tychem® BR fabric has been successfully tested against more than 240 chemicals. It provides durability and tear, puncture, and abrasion resistance. The NFPA 1994 Class 2 Standard defines an intermediate level of chemical, liquid, and vapor protection. Class 2 garments are certified for situations where there is an immediate danger to life and health and must be worn with a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The garment is designed to be used with NIOSH-approved chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) SCBA respirators.
Reusable duct covers
Keeping duct work clean from the start is the first step in IAQ and being able to reuse a temporary end cap is an economic advantage. Ductcaps’ easy on, off, and back on again design allows the contractor to nest spirals and keep all of them clean with the use of only two Ductcaps. It is also easy to carry the duct by putting some slack in the cover. Ductcaps are now offered in 70-, 80-, and 100-in. versions.
MEZ-TECHNIK GmbH air system products
Mat adhesive strips
Grip Strips are slip-resistant strips that adhere to sponge-backed mats placed on smooth, polished, or painted floors. The antimicrobial polymer is permanently tacky; only a few are needed, even in high traffic areas. The adhesives help keep anti-fatigue mats in place for safety and comfort of personnel. The glue is “active” and becomes more sticky over time. Strips can be cleaned with Simple Green® or a similar cleaner.
LITE WIPES are made with absorbent, low-linting cellulose. Two sizes are available: LW6414 (comparable to Kimwipes® 34155) are 4.5x8.3 in. and are available in 300/box quantities; LW6425 (comparable to Kimwipes® 34256 and 05514) are 15.0x16.6 in. and are available in 140/box quantities. Push-up dispensers are available for the wipes.
East Windsor, CT
Durable flooring with fast-curing sealant
Stontec TRF is a flooring solution for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The versatile flooring can be laid over concrete, wood, brick, quarry tile, or metal. Its durable, stain-resistant surface is suited for pharmaceutical production and laboratories, washdown areas, corridors, and other high-traffic areas. Vinyl flakes meld into the high-performance epoxy bonding coat. A fast-curing, UV-resistant urethane sealer resists sun damage and discoloration. The quick cure time–as little as 4 hours for foot traffic–keeps shutdown time to a minimum.
Maple Shade, NJ
Particle-free cleanroom labels
UltraTape Industries, a division of Delphon Industries, has added cleanroom labels to its product line. The same strict cleanroom standards used to manufacture the company’s existing tape products are used for its new line of labels. Available in a variety of substrates and adhesive options, labels are particle- and residue-free and are appropriate for use within the most critical environments. UltraTape manufactures adhesive tapes and labels for the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, aerospace, medical, and electronics industries.
Airborne particle counters
The ELITE™ Sensor Technology has been incorporated into several Lighthouse products, including the REMOTE 2000 Series airborne particle counters. The REMOTE 2000 Series design combines a dual-mirror patented optical system and the ELITE™ Sensor Technology resulting in a small, accurate, and reliable 0.2-μm sensor. The airborne particle counters integrate seamlessly into large facility monitoring and management systems. Using Pulse, 4???20 mA, Modbus, or Ethernet TCP/IP output, they transfer up to four channels of simultaneous particle count and sensor status data. All models meet JIS B 9921 and ISO 21501-4 standards.
Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Gas purification assemblies
Pall’s new purifier assemblies for corrosive gases are the latest additions to its line of purification products. The new media remove moisture to <50 ppb in HCl and HBr service. Removal of moisture is critical in applications such as silicon wafer etching, as it leads to loss of etch rate uniformity. Both media are available in all standard purifier assembly configurations for process flow rates up to 1,000 standard liters per minute (slpm).
East Hills, NY
The Series BTO bimetal thermometer with transmitter output is designed to take remote readings along with measurements via a bimetal helix, making it suitable for taking accurate temperature measurements in tough environments. The device eliminates the need for a separate thermometer and transmitter. By only needing one connection, the BTO series reduces installation costs and saves space. The head-mount transmitter is located in a weatherproof thermal head located on the side of the stem.
Michigan City, IN
Connectors and housings for clean industry applications
Phoenix Contact offers a variety of sensor/actuator boxes, cables, and connectors designed to meet the strict requirements of the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. All metallic components in the industry-specific connectors are made of stainless steel. The smooth surface provided by stainless steel prevents bacteria from forming on the housings and eliminates corrosion concerns during the frequent machine cleanings. The PVC plastics used in the cables and distributor boxes adhere to FDA guidelines. The metals and plastics have been tested for resistance against common cleaning agents and disinfectants. The product offering includes connectors for field assembly, wall feed-through, and printed circuit board mounting. Sensor/actuator cables supply the connection from sensor/actuator to the junction box. All products meet IP65/68 and IP69K protection categories.
Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co.
Bins for handling bioprocess containers
Mobius stainless-steel bins provide support for handling disposable process containers filled with media, buffer, and additional intermediates as well as final products. Designed with a patent-pending registration system that prevents process container misalignment errors, the bins offer a solution for using and storing disposable process containers in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing process with an assortment of standard configurations ranging from 200 to 1,500 L. Accessories consist of a multi-purpose tray, registration plate, casters, and mobility cart, as well as an optional internal 316 stainless-steel grade finish on the process container contact surface. Mobius stainless-steel bins are part of the Mobius integrated, disposable bioprocess system.
Cleanroom laminating services
Soliant offers precision cleanroom laminating services via its new custom roll stock lamination equipment. The company’s in-house developed technology features Class 10,000 cleanroom laminators for a facility in which to laminate products requiring ultra-clean and highly precise processes. A variety of standard and custom laminations use films such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, and vinyl to a variety of plastic substrates. Applications include manufacturing plastics, packaging, medical equipment, electronics, printing, glass, automotive, and appliance products. Soliant will also provide assistance in developing custom laminated products using adhesives and sealants to bond dissimilar substrates for permanent laminate constructions and assemblies.
Class 100 cabinet oven
No. 795 is an electrically heated cabinet oven designed for use in a Class 100 cleanroom. It is currently being utilized for drying water from stainless-steel and quartz parts. The unit has a maximum operating temperature of 500??F and workspace dimensions of 48x27x66 in. A 30-kW total heat input is installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements. A 1,500-CFM, 2-HP recirculating blower provides vertical downward airflow to the workload. A HEPA fresh air filter with 2-in. pre-filter and a 30x24x12-in. thick stainless-steel, high-temperature HEPA recirculating filter are provided, with a minihelic pressure gauge and DOP validation port across each filter.
The Grieve Corp.
Round Lake, IL
Automated decapping and recapping instrument
The Capit-All® screw-cap tube capper/decapper, an automated system for removing and replacing 96-format screw-cap storage tubes, is co-branded with The Automation Partnership (TAP). Capit-All is designed to improve laboratory efficiency and increase throughput of screening applications. The instrument’s robust design ensures reliable access and storage of samples in Matrix®, NUNC®, and other screw-cap storage tubes, while reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury associated with manual decapping. The simple four-button user interface enables laboratory personnel of any level to operate the instrument. It includes an “anti-binding” feature that prevents cross-threading and maintains seal integrity with pre-determined torque control. With the system, a drip tray and the air vacuum capability prevents contamination of samples during entry and removal, while the instrument’s high-quality engineering ensures samples remain debris-free. It is also tolerant to specific decontamination regimes based on hydrogen peroxide.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
Automated sample digestion system
A fully automated sample digestion system for mercury and metals sample preparation, DEENA helps alleviate the bulk of manual sample preparation while reducing errors associated with sample handling. In addition to dispensing reagents and heating the samples, the system–essentially an x-y-z robot–prepares calibration and spike standards, shakes the samples, inspects their color, adjusts the sample volumes after the digestion process, and records every step taken in the process. Analyst time with the machine can be reduced from 4 hours to 30 minutes, setting 60 samples and standards for digestion during that time. Kerk Motion Products’ RGS® 10000 linear slide allows high RPM and linear speeds even over long spans, offering torsional stiffness and stability for the system.
Thomas Cain, Inc.
Compact vibration cancellation
The TableTop PZT™ is an active hard-mount vibration cancellation system targeted for small precision instruments, particularly in buildings where floor vibration is severe. Incorporating patented STACIS® technology, TableTop PZT features a lightweight, compact design; extended stroke piezoelectric actuators; sub-Hertz vibration cancellation, both vertical and horizontal; and no soft air suspension. The system has a payload capacity up to 300 lb.
Technical Manufacturing Corp.
Quadrupole mass spectrometer
The Waters® Xevo™ TQ MS system, an advanced tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer, allows scientists with varying levels of mass spectrometry (MS) expertise to quickly produce high-quality data with confidence in industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food safety, and environmental. IntelliStart™ technology simplifies instrument setup and time-intensive troubleshooting. It automatically ensures the system is ready for use by performing mass calibration, setting MS resolution, generating compound-specific MS methods (SIR or MRM), and optimizing API source conditions for specific analytical conditions. MassLynx™ software is equipped with a unique collision cell that can be operated in conventional T-Wave™ (1)-enabled mode or in a new ScanWave-enabled mode. The ScanWave uses T-Wave collision cell technology to improve duty cycle and enhances the full scan capability to more easily confirm the identities and structures of targeted analytes.
Industrial access floors
Tate® has relaunched its company web site with enhancements including prominent access to green building tools (such as LEED information) and resources useful in the product selection and specification process, and an enhanced online portfolio of project profiles. Other resources like an interactive, integrated building design cost model, used to provide comparisons between overhead service distribution methods vs. Tate’s Building Technology Platform®, are easily accessible. Technical bulletins for specifiers and the company’s complete Design & Specifications Guide can also be reached from the Resources link on every page.
Tate Access Floors
Food protection and safety review
Chemstar Corp. has released an e-book that provides a synopsis of the 2008 Conference for Food Protection (CFP) held in April. Established in 1971, the CFP brings together representatives from the food industry, government, academia, and consumer organizations to identify and address emerging problems of food safety and to formulate recommendations. Written by Lydia Strayer, director of food safety and regulatory affairs at Chemstar, the e-book provides an overview of the significant issues reviewed and deliberated by the three participating councils as well as the resulting recommendations. The e-book can be downloaded free of charge at www.chemstarcorp.com/forms/2008CFPSummaryeBook.pdf.
Consumables and disposables
Qosina’s 644-page 2009 catalog offers thousands of OEM disposable components. The photographs illustrate products full-size on a 1-cm grid for easy and accurate sizing. One section is dedicated to Colder Products Co.’s most popular quick-disconnect couplings for secure and leak-free connections. Complimentary samples are available. Other highlights include sections featuring expanded tubing and subassemblies, packaging, and laboratory products.