Compiled by Jason Andrukaitis
Dust emissions monitor
The new Series PMT particulate transmitter is a reliable dust collector emissions monitor and leak detector. The standard particulate transmitter is designed for general maintenance planning and process protection applications, while upgrades can be made to enable low level monitoring and early warning leak detection. Adjustable linear or logarithmic output scaling enables trending of both the baseline emissions and the high peak emissions that are caused by filter cleaning cycles and developing leaks. The device also features a field-proven combination of induction and protected-probe technologies. The protective layers on the probe work in combination with induction-sensing to ensure reliable operation with all types of particulates, including moist powders and highly conductive dusts.
Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
Michigan City, IN
Single-use process systems
AdvantaPure now provides single-use process systems to the pharmaceutical industry and other markets that can benefit from single-use technology. Consisting of silicone tubing, molded silicone components, and other processing-related parts, the systems offer cost reductions and increases in productivity. The company has long been manufacturing platinum-cured silicone tubing, hose, and molded silicone components such as Tri-Clamp® style fittings, container seals, and bottle stoppers. The advantages of single-use process systems over traditional stainless steel systems include reduced cross-contamination, decreased downtimes for cleaning, simplified cleaning validation procedures, flexibility for process system changes, and reduced material and labor costs. AdvantaPure also offers GammaTags that may be attached directly to process systems and components for reliable, electronic identification from manufacture through disposal.
Liquid handling verification system
ARTEL presents its MVS® multichannel verification system with new features, including an advanced automation function for streamlined performance verification of automated liquid handlers. A rapid, easy-to-use system that provides NIST-traceable results, the MVS is now able to automatically measure target volumes in groups of microtiter plates to minimize manual intervention during liquid handler volume verification. The system’s improved user interface allows for more frequent volume checks and easy integration with existing liquid handling platforms.
Connecticut Clean Room Corp. is now offering the new self-wringing Roll-O-Matic® mop with ergonomic extendable aluminum and stainless-steel handle. It is suitable for applying disinfectant to floors, walls, and ceilings in controlled environments or for general use. Handles and refills are available in cold rolled steel and stainless steel. CCRC offers special products that meet all critical manufacturing, industrial, and sanitary standards.
Connecticut Clean Room Corp.
Ceramics for medical applications
CoorsTek, one of the world’s largest technical ceramics manufacturers, announces its new CeraPure™ line of ceramic materials developed specifically for medical and surgical applications. Including alumina, zirconia, and zirconia toughened alumina, all CeraPure materials are USP Class VI compatible. These ceramic materials also offer better dielectric strength, thermal stability, strength, hardness, and insulating capabilities compared to traditional non-ceramic medical component materials. Applications include electro-surgical, laser systems, and fluid handling.
Exhaust management system upgrade
Edward announces the availability of “idle mode” for its ATLAS™ and TPU families of combustion exhaust management systems. Idle mode allows the abatement system to go into a standby mode with reduced fuel and water consumption when exhaust is not flowing from attached process equipment. The new capability is part of a continuous improvement program initiated by Edwards to reduce the operating costs and environmental impact of its vacuum and abatement systems. In idle mode, the system only consumes fuel to maintain the pilot flame and water to refresh the recirculation system once per hour. On an ATLAS, these levels represent a reduction of 89 percent for fuel and nearly 100 percent for water. Idle mode can also be provided as an upgrade to existing TPU systems where an even higher percentage of fuel reduction can be achieved. The system monitors signals from process equipment to determine active and idle status. It enters idle mode automatically and can return to full operational status within 10 seconds.
R&D, process development system
Finesse Solutions, LLC, a manufacturer of measurement and control solutions for life sciences process applications, has announced the general release of its TruViu™ RDPD system for biotech R&D and process development applications. The system consists of an I/O tower and a pump tower, with an optional junction box and TruFlow™ gas manifold, all the components required to control a typical R&D or PD bioreactor. The product is designed to be flexible and modular with plug-and-play configuration in order to maximize ease-of-use, simplify installation, and provide scheduled maintenance. The modular design allows its components to be installed on, under, or above the laboratory bench, thereby permitting a significant footprint reduction and greater lab space efficiency.
Finesse Solutions, LLC
Santa Clara, CA
Aseptic pumping system
The single-use aseptic, peristaltic pumping system from Flexicon America utilizes a closed fluid pathway in which the containment tubing becomes the pump. The closed tubing system and gentle peristaltic motion permits contained cytotoxic liquids to be installed and dispensed within a convenient, easy-to-use, easy-to-change, fully contained fluid product pathway. Unlike traditional piston-pump filling operations, in which manual loading and unloading of materials requires CIP and SIP processes that exposed workers to cytotoxics, the single-use closed peristaltic system eliminates measuring and filling of cytotoxic liquids by workers on the filling line and requires only a simple change of tubing with no CIP wash-down required prior to loading or changeover within the isolator. By pairing the single-use peristaltic system with an isolator, a biopharmaceutical manufacturer or contract filler is able to eliminate physical plant expansion costs, land acquisition, and time delays associated with construction of a dedicated cleanroom.
Flexicon America, Inc.
SAS-ISO from International pbi is the new generation of SAS samplers for the microbiological testing of air. The principle is the impact of microorganisms onto the agar surface of a contact plate or standard Petri dish. The air sampler uses a single certified aspirating head made in stainless steel or aluminum or Dispo-Head certified sterile, disposable plastic head. The disposable head complies with official guidelines requesting a traceable document of certification for sterility. The Dispo-Head may be used for each sampling or for each group of sampling cycles in the same environment. The SAS-ISO offers traceability functions such as date, operator name, sampling location, volume of aspirated air, and more to be transferred to a printer or PC. Several SAS-ISO air samplers of different locations can be connected all together to a PC for centralized control over environmental monitoring.
International Pbi S.p.a.
Multispectral imaging workstation
Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi) announces the launch of Nuance 2, an affordable, breakthrough system that converts any brightfield or fluorescent microscope into a multispectral imaging workstation. For multispectral imaging analysis of larger specimens, such as embryos, zebrafish, plants, tissue cultures, and microtiter plates, the Nuance 2 can be mounted onto a fluorescent macroscope. The Nuance 2 features new analytical software providing the user with enhanced spectral unmixing tools and more efficient CCD cooling for better low-light imaging. Spectral library building is now easier, automatically identifying spectral signatures and properly identifying true spectral signatures when combined or overlapping. Nuance sensitivity has also been improved, allowing discrimination of co-localized markers.
Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc.
Continuous mode emulsifier
The KD Scientific Model KDS 330 is designed to operate unattended to emulsify eleutherosides and other components of the adjunct composition. The product can create viscous fluids/suspensions by forcing fluids back and forth through a micro-emulsifying needle. The pump eliminates the fatigue and time required to manually prepare emulsions. The KDS 330 also prepares adjuvant/antigen mixtures to the correct viscosity for injection. Through the menu-driven program, the user enters the syringe diameter, flow rate, and dispense volume. The pump automatically performs the calibration and control functions. When in emulsion mode, the pump cycles from infusion to withdrawal continuously. The unit automatically infuses and withdraws the preset volume. The pump is based on the Model KDS 210 in continuous mode for cycling back and forth and is specifically designed for a 10cc glass syringe and emulsion needle. Two syringes and one emulsifying needle are supplied with the pump.
KD Scientific, Inc.
Disposable mixing system
The Mobius™ MIX100 disposable mixing system is now available featuring a configurable 100-liter container. Its integrated impeller enables risk-free cell culture, media, and buffer preparation; magnetic motor technology eliminates warm-up time. The mixer can be easily and economically configured with a wide array of containers, filters, connectors, and tubing for a completely validated disposable system. The MIX100 system offers all the advantages of Millipore’s scalable, ready-to-use systems and processing technologies: including decreased risk of contamination; reduced downtime for cleaning; validation, quality, and regulatory compliance support; and enhanced flexibility. Millipore will also launch additional mixers in various sizes over the next several months.
Vacuum inlet trap
A low-cost, vacuum inlet trap that is designed to prevent pump failures in smaller laboratories and features a new, optional wall mount bracket is being introduced by MV Products. The Visi®Trap vacuum inlet trap has a clear sump for visually monitoring filter condition and accepts a variety of replaceable filter elements for trapping foreign materials that could damage the pump. Suitable for pumps up to 20 CFM, this see-through inlet trap can adapt to different processes and is now offered with an optional wall-mount bracket for easy installation. Available with all popular port terminations, the trap can be supplied with copper gauze, stainless-steel gauze, molecular sieve, Sodasorb®, activated charcoal, activated alumina, and PolyPro 2-, 5-, and 20-µm filter types to protect pumps from particles, acids, solvents, or water vapor. Other options include a dial gauge assembly and vent valve.
MV Products, Division of Mass-Vac, Inc.
North Billerica, MA
Ultra-clear PET bottles
A new “Special Round” 16-oz. ultra-clear PET bottle intended for packaging of personal care, household, automotive, and industrial products has been introduced by Novapak Corp. The bottle (Mold 1076) has an M28SP410 neck finish, measures 6.978 inches in height, 2.750 inches in diameter, and has a 3.710-inch high recess for adhesive labeling. It is injection-stretch blow molded from a 36.5-gm universal preform in a two-stage process that increases blow ratios, PET molecule orientation, and strength of the blown container.
Puritan Medical Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of specialty-tip applicators, announces the introduction and general availability of the company’s new electrostatic discharge (ESD)-safe swabs. The new products, an extension of the PurSwab line, feature ESD-safe polypropylene handles and include dissipative foam and ultra-clean microfiber-tipped applicators in both 3- and 6-inch lengths. With primary applications in microelectronics and critical environments, ESD Safe Swabs protect electronic circuitry and devices from the negative effects of electrostatic discharge. Puritan Medical Products will expand the ESD Safe Swabs product line in 2008 by manufacturing ESD Safe Swab versions of its most popular critical environment swabs.
Puritan Medical Products, LLC
Electrical safety testing application
QuadTech, a leading provider of electrical safety test and passive component measurement solutions, reveals CaptivATE 3.2, the latest version of its electrical safety testing automation software. A key feature in the updated software is the ability to output test data to a .csv file for easy import from CaptivATE into any enterprise system, such as a manufacturing execution system (MES). The following QuadTech products are supported by CaptivATE 3.2: All Sentinel systems; Guardian 6100 and 6100 Plus electrical safety analyzers; Guardian 6000 Plus electrical safety analyzer; Guardian 6000 electrical safety tester; Guardian 1000 multi-purpose AC/DC/IR/SC series hipot testers (CE Mark); and the Hybrid 2000 AC/DC/IR/DCR analyzer.
Lyon antimicrobial lockers are finished in an advanced powder coating technology from DuPont and Agion® Antimicrobial that inhibits bacterial, mold, and odor build-up on locker surfaces as well as the touch transfer of microbes on locker handles and doors. Moisture triggers the controlled release of powerful silver ions to provide superior antimicrobial protection for decades. These silver ions are noxious even to the drug-resistant MRSA bacteria. The antimicrobial compound is completely inorganic, less toxic than ordinary table salt, less irritating than talcum powder, and has been approved for medical devices and food contact applications. The cost for this protection is nominal, since it is reported to last for the estimated 20-year lifecycle of the locker.
Lyon Workspace Products, LLC
Recirculating chiller for clean process and research applications
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has expanded its line of recirculating chillers with the addition of the NESLAB ThermoFlex 2500 unit. With continuous cooling capacities of 25,000 W, this recirculating chiller can be used for diverse applications in a variety of environments, including semiconductor, packaging, analytical instrumentation, laser, laboratory, medical, and research. A variety of configurable options is available to tailor the chiller to specific applications. Each chiller incorporates a recirculation system with integrated funnel, full flow filtration, and visual fluid level indication for easy maintenance. Most chillers must be taken off-line for up to an hour during scheduled maintenance, but the air and fluid filters on ThermoFlex units can be changed while the equipment is running, eliminating downtime. The shipping container incorporates an integrated ramp that allows a single person to unpack and install a unit in minutes. Efficiencies achieved with the new platform design provide up to 20 percent more cooling than units of similar size and power. The chillers can maintain temperatures from 5?? to 40??C.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
Hygienic conveyor suitable for powders
PIAB, a global leader in industrial vacuum technology, introduces its C2100-64 conveyor. Engineered to be compact and powerful, the C2100-64 quietly and hygienically conveys powder and bulk materials in spaces with very low ceilings or limited space. The conveyor features COAX® multistage ejector technology, consuming less air and energy than any other compressed-air-driven conveyor currently available, according to the company. The design of the conveyor improves the vacuum-assisted flow by 25 percent without affecting energy consumption. Because it is powered by COAX technology, the conveyer is able to transport up to 1 to 1.5 tons per hour of powders and granules. The conveyer is constructed of stainless steel and can be equipped with a Mahle filter, which is recommended for powders with a particle size of 0.5 µm and greater depending on powder properties. The conveyor operates at feed pressures between 0.4 and 0.6 MPa and working temperatures between 0?? and 60??C.
Liquid chromatography system
Varian, Inc. announces its 920-LC liquid chromatograph, a fully automated, computer controlled analytical HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography) system that offers “Fast LC” capabilities, state-of-the-art performance, improved productivity, high sensitivity detectors, and a fully automated validation package for customers who operate in a regulated environment. Each system comprises a pumping system, an autosampler, and one or more detectors. The system is pre-configured, pre-plumbed, and pre-tested before shipment, significantly reducing the time required to achieve maximum sample throughput. A choice of built-in, programmable dual-wavelength or information-rich diode array (190???900 nm) UV-Vis detectors feature low noise and high sensitivity to deliver lower detection limits for trace analysis. Optional fluorescence, refractive index, and evaporative light scattering detectors allow a wide variety of analyses to be performed with the 920-LC.
Palo Alto, CA
Dust collector controller
Farr Air Pollution Control has introduced a new FDC controller that provides user-friendly and reliable pulse cleaning control for all types of cartridge and baghouse dust collection systems. Using factory-programmed or customer-selected settings, the unit monitors pressure differential across the filters to ensure more efficient pulse cleaning, reducing compressed air energy usage and extending filter life. The controller is easily operated with clear, permanent instructions posted on the NEMA 4X water- and chemical-proof box. A pulse cleaning switch on the front of the box allows the user to turn pulsing off, to pulse continuously based on pre-determined settings, or to clean on demand when the high pressure setting is reached and a dirty filter alarm sounds. The user can program the controller settings using a simple five-step intuitive procedure. The control board inside the unit includes 10 solenoid outputs, plus an additional 10 outputs on a lower expander board. Power requirements are 110/220 V, 50/60 Hz, 1-phase. The FDC controller is UL Listed.
FARR Air Pollution Control
Dissolved ozone analyzer
The new dFFOZ-TR trace dissolved ozone analyzer from IN USA, Inc. is an ozone-specific measuring instrument that accurately reads and measures low concentrations of dissolved ozone at the ppb level for ultra-pure water applications. This sensor is best suited for continuous measurement of traces of dissolved or residual ozone in USP and ultra-pure water used in biopharmaceutical and semiconductor applications. It is ideal for measuring residual ozone in pre-destruct and post-destruct water loops where the concentrations are typically down in the single-ppb levels. The analyzer uses patented ultraviolet light absorption technology to achieve accurate, stable readings. It is highly specific to dissolved or residual ozone and immune to cross-interference from other gases. This ability eliminates the likelihood of false alarms, which can unnecessarily interrupt production cycles. The analyzer requires no consumables such as electrolytes or membrane, and its UV lamp provides a service life up to 18 months.
IN USA, Inc.
Hot air plastic de-flashing
A new method for the non-contact removal of microscopic flash from molded, cut, and skived medical parts such as catheters and personal care applicators is available from Malcom Company, Inc. Malcom’s Leister® LE mini heater produces up to 1,380??F and 0.35 to 1.06 CFM to remove microscopic hair-like flash from parts instantly without open flames. Designed to be mounted in any orientation, this compact heater can be supplied with a variety of nozzles to match the application and only requires 120/230 V single-phase and 30 psi air. Easily integrated with various parts handling systems to de-flash at production line speeds, the heater can be controlled via PLC and standard temperature controllers. Measuring only 1x10 inches, it offers integrated tool and heating element protection for long life and is available with optional built-in thermocouples. The unit price varies depending upon the version selected. Literature is available upon request.
Malcom Company, Inc.
Parts cleanliness test station
The Surfex 100M table-top monitor is a compact, integrated particle extraction system for monitoring and qualifying parts cleanliness. By combining ultrasonic extraction, particle measurement, and high-purity fluidics, the monitor increases testing throughput up to ten-fold over traditional methods. The system is specially designed to count particles on small, complex devices; irregularly shaped parts; consumables; and components typical of the pharmaceutical, medical device, disk drive, and automotive industries. Particle counting is performed and archived with SamplerSight software, which meets all current USP, EP, and JP requirements. The accompanying data collection and reporting software is engineered for 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.
Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.
Hand-held UV stain detector
Spectronics Corp. has introduced the EA-160 UV inspection lamp, a lightweight, portable unit for detecting stains, spills, germs, and other contaminants on surfaces as diverse as carpets, upholstery, and bedding to counter-tops, exam tables, and food preparation areas. The lamp features a 6-W, integrally filtered long-wave ultraviolet (UV) tube. Its high UV intensity ensures that most contamination will be easily revealed by a bright fluorescent glow. Weighing only 2 lb., the EA-160 is housed in silver-anodized aluminum that makes the lamp both attractive and rugged. A corrosion-resistant, specular aluminum reflector optimizes UV irradiance. For maximum comfort, the unit comes with a convenient carrying handle. The rated life of the tube is 6,000 hours.
As a developer of coatings that inhibit the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria, molds, mildews, and fungi, Sureshield Coatings Co. offers a comprehensive selection of powder, liquid, and coil coating options that are designed to be easily integrated onto consumer or commercial metal products. The company provides complementary technical, regulatory, and marketing guidance that makes using its coatings simple, affordable, and straightforward. Sureshield is available in clear, solid, and transparent colors. The coatings are designed to resist fingerprints for the life of the product, making them ideal for major and small appliances, computer products, food service equipment, office products, office and health care furniture, medical products, HVAC and air handling equipment, commercial laundry equipment, plumbing fixtures, lab equipment, and doors and windows. In addition, the coatings can be pre- or post-applied to any type of metal to keep metal surfaces looking cleaner as well as making them easier to clean. They can be used in residences, restaurants, hotels, bus or train stations, airports, stadiums, office buildings, laboratories, hospitals, and other facilities.
Sureshield Coatings Co.
Mass spectrometry brochure
Hiden Analytical has released new literature covering secondary ion mass spectrometry. A new, full-color brochure describes the instrumentation and specifications available and their application to surface analysis, depth profiling, and imaging. Associated application notes detail various aspects of SIMS analysis including SIMS of glass coatings, and endpoint detection for the ion beam etching technique together with a quantified materials guide. The new brochure and associated application notes are part of a series of recent publications from Hiden Analytical and are available on request from the company.
Hiden Analytical Ltd.
Medical manufacturing information kit
The Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies group from the Bosch Rexroth Corp. is offering a free Lean Production Resource Kit for Medical Manufacturing available upon request from the company’s web site. The full-color brochure and resource CD present solutions to help medical manufacturers implement lean manufacturing techniques. Lean productivity planning guides in the kit include, for example, an industry-specific medical brochure, a guidebook detailing the nine principles of lean manufacturing, and the “Efficient Material Flow in Lean Production” guidebook. The kit also includes the brochure “How to Optimize Your Assembly Operations” and the “7-Step Ergonomic Guide.” In addition, the kit contains a 20-minute video of an in-booth lean seminar presented at the Assembly Technology Expo, as well as product catalogs.