Compiled by Carrie Meadows
DOP Solutions’ new SP200lite aerosol photometer, which has a digital readout, is easy to use and quick to set up. The instrument offers a unique damping system that ensures stable readings even when measuring highly variable concentrations. The photometer is fitted with a recorder output and fully adjustable audio alarm as standard. The software package available to use with the SP200 instrument range also encourages customers to report real HEPA filter test data in a certificate format and meet FDA, MHRA, and other regulatory requirements.
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK
Rotary vane pumps
Pfeiffer Vacuum introduces PentaLineTM rotary vane pumps with a new optimized drive system that provides a cost-effective, environmentally friendly vacuum for applications in the low and medium range of 10-3 mbar. Available in pumping speeds up to 35 m3/hour, the pump is designed for use in analytical instrumentation, research and development applications, and critical industrial and coating processes. The optimized drive system reduces power consumption by up to 50 percent, resulting in significantly lower operating costs. The new standby operating mode assures longer service life as well as cost savings in maintenance. The pumps are hermetically sealed, which prevents oil leaks, and incorporate a motor concept that makes them easy to deploy anywhere in the world. The pumps run cool with minimum vibration, ensuring a quieter work environment.
Pfeiffer Vacuum, Inc.
Disposable dosing system
The Prevas disposable dosing system is designed for installation on liquid filling lines for vials, ampoules, and syringes. The system features a completely disposable product path and incorporates a bulk product bag, a positive displacement-rolling diaphragm pump, filling needles, and tubes into one assembly. The company says the Prevas system is the first completely pre-assembled, pre-sterilized, and pre-validated single-use system available for the pharmaceutical and biotech market. The product path assembly is attached to the filling system and connects to the product stream via sterile plug-and-use connections. This eliminates preparatory steps associated with stainless-steel construction, such as cleaning, assembly and disassembly, autoclaving and clean-in-place (CIP) or sterilize-in-place (SIP) operations, minimizing the costs and labor associated with these cleaning procedures. After the fill process is completed, the product path assembly is removed and replaced, with minimal downtime and increased productivity.
Bosch Packaging Technology
Recirculating lab faucet
Designed to provide clean water at the point of use, GF Piping Systems has introduced the new Type 530 AquaTap™ recirculating laboratory faucet. Featuring a patented flow-through head design that eliminates dead-legs and optimizes flow, the faucet offers high recirculating capacity at a minimal pressure drop to the main water line with inline flow diverter (IFD) technology. Developed with water quality in mind, the new faucet is intended for laboratory dispensing applications in a variety of UPW markets, including life sciences, semiconductors, and food and beverages. The faucet eliminates the need for extensive water purging by providing continuous flow through the faucet head and preventing the formation of harmful bacteria.
GF Piping Systems
Tape sample kits
UltraTape Industries, a division of Delphon Industries and manufacturer of adhesive tapes for critical environments, has announced the availability of sample kits for purchase through its web site. There are currently five sample kits available, including those designed for general purpose cleanroom tapes, cleanroom construction tapes, ESD tapes, medical and pharmaceutical tapes, and wafer box sealing tapes. Each kit contains a variety of tape samples with different levels of adhesion, carrier films, and adhesive types that are appropriate for a particular application. UltraTape specializes in particle- and residue-free adhesive tapes that are required for semiconductor and medical applications.
Real-time gas analyzer
Picarro has introduced what it says is the world’s most sensitive real-time gas analyzer for trace HF detection, capable of measuring down to 10 ppt (lower detection limit) in ambient air. In addition to its high sensitivity, the analyzer operates with no requirement for frequent calibration and with complete immunity to crosstalk from any other ambient gas component, including varying moisture levels. The simple-to-use analyzer can be operated remotely with sampling rates as fast 1 Hz, producing drift-free data with up to four digits of precision. Its high dynamic range means it can deliver a linear response for HF concentrations as high as parts per million, with an absolute accuracy better than 1 percent. The device is based on Picarro’s wavelength-scanned cavity ring-down spectroscopy technology (WS-CRDS), which measures near infrared absorption in a flow cell using an internal laser beam over an effective path length of up to 21 km. The HF analyzer is targeted for use in semiconductor fabrication facilities and cleanroom applications where ambient air must be rigorously monitored for HF.
Gowning room furnishings
Terra Universal manufactures a comprehensive line of gowning room furnishings, including laminar flow storage cabinets, stainless-steel benches, and garb and parts dispensers that help ensure organized, space-efficient, effective garbing procedures. Stainless or powder-coated steel garment cabinets come with adjustable shelving or garment rods and an optional fan/filter module that washes the materials with HEPA-filtered air to dislodge contaminants. Benches feature ultra-smooth, non-particulating surfaces that are easy to wipe down and disinfect, and solid, perforated, or rod tops, all in electropolished 304 stainless steel. Terra also provides hand and shoe cleaners, peel-off contamination mats, and convenient dispensers for organized storage of gloves, face masks, cleanroom coveralls, and other apparel.
Process development and sample prep system
The new Cogent® µScale tangential flow filtration (TFF) system for process development and low-volume sample preparation is an easy-to-use, semi-automated benchtop system that has been designed to fully support TFF process development at the “microscale” using up to three Pellicon® 3 88-cm2 cassettes (264 cm2). With a low minimum working volume, the ability to operate at feed pressures up to 80 psig (5.5 bar), and very low pulsation, the system fully supports both scaling studies and low-volume ultrafiltration and diafiltration (UF/DF) work using Pellicon 3 cassettes. The system can also be configured to process up to three Pellicon XL-50 TFF devices, and is well suited for purifying and concentrating monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, vaccines, gene therapy constructs, blood serum products, and other cell derived components.
Antimicrobial ergonomic pipette
The Finnpipette F1 Series incorporates ergonomic features to effectively prevent the occurrence of repetitive strain injury (RSI) symptoms. The soft handle contours to the shape of the user’s hand, and the improved 120?? horizontally adjustable wide-supportive finger rest allows users to relax their hands between pipetting actions. Each color-coded pipette also offers a patented soft-touch mechanism to lower tip-ejection forces. This feature is especially beneficial when ejecting tips from the multi-channel pipette. In addition, a triple-action pipetting hat prevents accidental volume alteration. The Finnpipette F1 features an antimicrobial plastic polymer grade, which offers protection against the growth of microbes and prevents sample contamination from the pipette.
Filtered dust collector
Oneida Air Systems’ Dust Pod can turn a current single-stage or two-stage system into a cyclonic dust collector. The Dust Pod easily assembles in minutes and is powdercoat painted and seam welded. It is available in two filter configurations: standard spun-bond filter and HEPA filter. Because of its high efficiency of filtering out tiny particulates (99.97 percent at 0.3 µm), HEPA filtration is highly recommended for individuals that suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems.
Oneida Air Systems
Vibration isolation system offerings
Technical Manufacturing Corp.’s (TMC) comprehensive 2008 General Catalog presents its versatile line of precision vibration isolation systems including its most recent offerings in PZT technology. The catalog details the company’s many standard products and their recommended applications. Featured is the STACIS® 2100 active piezoelectric vibration cancellation system, the industry standard for the most sensitive instruments in noisy environments. Among the new introductions are products such as Electro-Damp® PZT, a compact, piezoelectric active isolator designed to be mounted inside precision semiconductor tools and TableTop PZT™ and FloorPlatform PZT™, versions of Electro-Damp PZT configured for benchtop and floor-mounted instruments. The 124-page guide includes the new multi-purpose acoustic enclosure; the patented CleanTop® II optical tops, breadboards, and supports; laboratory tables and tabletop platforms; floor and sub-floor platforms and stands; and magnetic field cancellation and electric field shielding systems. A technical background section serves as a primer on vibration control.
Technical Manufacturing Corp.
Risk prevention data
For the first time, FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers, has released its previously exclusive property loss prevention engineering guidelines at no cost through its web site. FM Global’s Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets provide large-scale businesses and facility and risk managers (as well as the architects, consultants, and contractors who work for them) a valuable tool to help prevent property damage and maintain business continuity due to threats posed by fire, weather conditions, and failure of electrical or mechanical equipment. The engineering guidelines contain risk prevention information on hundreds of topics, ranging from building construction and fire prevention, to industrial equipment maintenance and natural disaster preparedness. Users who download the content also receive automatic notification via e-mail when data sheets are updated. FM Global is the only commercial property insurer in the world that develops and provides this type of premium technical data, all of which is based on scientific research and nearly two centuries of loss prevention experience.
Resource for liquid handling
ARTEL, an expert in liquid handling quality assurance, has launched its new web site, www.artel-usa.com. Featuring a range of content covering topics from pipette calibration to performance verification of automated liquid handlers and proper pipetting technique, the new site is a comprehensive resource to help laboratories optimize their liquid handling operations. It also includes information and multimedia content on ARTEL’s advanced liquid-handling quality assurance products, technologies, and services. The Resource Library provides visitors access to technical papers, informational case studies, application notes, and scientific presentations. Also within the Resource Library are ARTEL Lab Reports, how-to and informational articles for users of liquid handling instrumentation.
Solar cell manufacturing info
DEK has launched a new web site dedicated purely to solar cell manufacture. DEKsolar.com delivers a valuable online resource for manufacturers looking to compete in today’s emerging solar energy market. Providing a wealth of information on DEK’s PV1200 solar metallization line, the site also grants visitors instant access to useful downloads including the PV Cell Production brochure, technical articles, and product specifications. In addition, DEKsolar.com also includes a sign-up page to the company’s popular eDirEKt newsletter as well as an inquiry form that links customers directly with DEK Alternative Energy specialists.