Tools to Keep Pharma Fluids Flowing

An assortment of pump and valve innovations help provide clean process efficiencies.

By Katie Weiler, Managing Editor

CUSTOM PORT-TO-PORT DIMENSIONS
The sterile design of Fristam’s FKL positive displacement pump series offers a clean, rounded, swept surface exterior and stainless-steel gearbox option. It is built for no-disassembly-required “True CIP” and its split-style gearbox allows for easy access to bearings and shafts. The pump features balanced rotors and large diameter shafts. Custom port-to-port dimensions provide easy drop-in replacement of other PD pumps. Additional options include stainless-steel rotors and high polish finishes. FRISTAM PUMPS • 608-831-5001

CAPACITIES OF 15, 34 AND 70 GPM
Almatec BIOCOR Series air-operated, double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps are ideal for use in pharmaceutical applications that require high levels of sterile operation. They come in three sizes — B20, B32 and B40 — with maximum capacities of 15, 34 and 70 gpm at a maximum discharge pressure of 100 psi. BIOCOR pumps are EHEDG certified and conform to ATEX regulations that are laid out in the 94/9/EG directive. ALMATEC • 513-280-0047

ELASTOMER OPTIONS
Wilden Saniflo Hygienic Series metal AODD pumps are designed with features to maximize process efficiency, including elastomer options such as Full Stroke PTFE integral piston diaphragms. According to the company, these diaphragms offer superior product containment and are an excellent choice when pumping aggressive fluids within the pharmaceutical processing industry. Pumps are FDA and EHEDG certified, with flow rates to 243 gpm. WILDEN • 909-422-1730

G3 FIELDBUS ELECTRONIC PLATFORM
Numatics’ G3 fieldbus is a next-generation electronic platform that allows easy access to I/O connections and is said to be easy to assemble, install, commission and maintain. According to the company, the unit is the only pneumatic valve manifold on the market to contain a graphical display used for configuration/commissioning and diagnostics. The same electronic modules can be used for centralized or distributed architecture. An innovative clip design allows for easy assembly, configuration, and flexibility. NUMATICS • 1-888-686-2842

ELIMINATES NEED FOR NEW GRADE-A AREAS
ChargePoint BIO aseptic transfer valve handles the safe and clean transfer of sensitive products from process to process. Its approach to bio-decontamination ensures the integrity of the critical sealing area via achieving a Grade A area within the valve itself, the company says. This eliminates the need for the construction of Grade-A areas in new plants and enables aseptic transfers within lower class rooms in existing production areas. CHARGEPOINT • +44 (0)151 728 4500

HIGH-QUALITY STAINLESS COMPONENTS
All-machined Waukesha Cherry-Burrell S200 Series centrifugal pumps from SPX provide high-quality stainless components for demanding pure water, clean-in-place and other process applications. Designed for the biopharmaceutical industry, the pumps are manufactured to ASME BPE specifications and use 316L stainless steel in all wetted parts and heavy-duty motor and solid drive linkage. SPX also offers the Liquid Ring Pump, a product mover for a range of sanitary applications. SPX FLOW TECHNOLOGY • 262-728-1900

OFFERED IN FIVE SIZES, 3-A CERTIFIED
The LKH UltraPure centrifugal pump features an external shaft seal, advanced impeller design and crevice-free internal surfaces, making it ideal for ultra-clean processes. Cleaning capabilities include CIP, SIP and manual cleaning. It comes equipped with a vertical casing drain and 45-degree outlet for full drainability and self-venting. Engineered with tight impeller and shaft seal tolerances, optimum fluid flow is achieved throughout the pump where fluid recirculation is diminished, resulting in high levels of product integrity. ALFA LAVAL • 262-605-2619

ONE-MINUTE BATCH SET UP
Flexicon benchtop peristaltic fillers are designed for use in cleanrooms for production processes complying with cGMP. Batch set up is achieved in one minute with fill volumes from 5ml to 5 liters and precise ±0.5 dosing accuracy, the company says. Offering a contamination-free, single-use flowpath, Flexicon’s technology simplifies cleaning validation and enhances the integrity of high purity upstream processes, purification and fill/finish applications. Able to handle live cells, peristaltic pumps compress the tubing in a forward motion with the tube acting as both the check valve and transport mechanism. FLEXICON  • 978-988-5309

CUSTOM VALVE BLOCK DESIGNS
GEMÜ multi-port, stainless steel valve blocks combine various functions for the control of liquids and gases in the smallest possible space. For customized block designs, the company integrates a wide range of functions: blending, splitting, diverting, draining, feeding or cleaning. Double shut-offs, cross connections, safety and control functions as well as the integration of sensors, filters and check valves are possible permitting application-oriented assignment to these individual functions. Such flexibility enables use for other process engineering solutions as well. GEMÜ • 678-553-3400

DESIGNED FOR CIP AND SIP
Mouvex SLC Series Eccentric Disc pumps provide pulse-free, slip-free, and low-shear flow, even with varying viscosity and backpressure conditions. This is ideal for applications such as tangential flow filters or in-line formulation/diluting systems where precise flow control is essential. Pumps offer full product containment as there are no mechanical seals. They are designed for CIP cleaning, SIP sterilization, and include versions with both 3A and EHEDG certifications. MOUVEX • 513-280-0047

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