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Editors' Picks of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Innovations
Manufacturers expect to see the latest developments in process equipment at INTERPHEX, and this year's show was no disappointment. Exhibitors regularly display additions to their lines of encapsulators, tablet presses, material-handling machines, and other automated manufacturing equipment. But the products on view in Philadelphia Mar. 26–28 were not limited to manufacturing applications. Attendees also saw information-technology solutions that facilitate tasks such as regulatory compliance, performance improvement, and document management. Products for contamination control, purification, and upstream processing were also introduced. Among the new products featured at INTERPHEX 2008:
Feeder provides improved flow
The new KT20 unit also has a higher open area directly at the base of the hopper than does the standard model. In addition, the sides of the device's hopper are not curved, thus preventing material buildup. Sharon Nowak, K-Tron's global business-development manager for pharmaceuticals, says the expanded hopper design is successful for materials that are sticky or cohesive.
The design was developed in collaboration with a pharmaceutical customer who was working with materials that flowed poorly. The feeder's internal agitator and screws are driven by one motor.
Compliance software evaluates performance
Filters protect downstream equipment
The upstream side of the new units incorporates glass-microfiber media that binds colloidal contaminants well without plugging. The filters also remove lipids and nonproduct proteins. The filters' membrane layer is made of a proprietary polyvinylidene fluoride polymer that provides excellent particulate removal. The dual-layer construction enables high flow rates.
In addition, the new RM units can be steam-sterilized in situ. The RM series units are made of materials approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and do not release fibers.
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