Equipment and Processing Report, Jan 18, 2012 - Pharmaceutical Technology

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Equipment and Processing Report, Jan 18, 2012
Production Lines
Robots' Role in Flexible Fill–Finish Lines
By Erik Greb
The pharmaceutical industry has a history of developing innovative medicines and novel drug-delivery systems, but not all of its manufacturing processes use cutting-edge technologies. Demands to increase productivity in fill–finish lines are fueling the arguments of proponents of robotic automation to expedite manufacturing.
In the Mixer
Common Equipment-Design Pitfalls That Impair Cleaning
By Per-Åke Ohlsson
Understanding equipment design and product-contact surfaces enables strong cleaning action.
Troubleshooting
Increasing the Life-Span of a Probe to Cover a Warranty Period
I work in a quality control laboratory and use a pH meter with a single-junction reference probe to test samples taken from various pharmaceutical (drug) production lines. The probe I use has a six-month warranty. It slowly stops working after just a couple weeks. I am replacing it once a month. We make sure to store it correctly according to the manufacturer's specifications and even use probe cleaner at the end of each shift to ensure that it stays clean. What can I do to increase the lifespan to at least cover the warranty period?
Editor's Picks
January 2012 Editor's Picks: Products from ACS Valves and Terra Universal
PharmTech's monthly newsletter, Equipment and Processing Report, reviews the Editor's Picks for the January 2012 edition from ACS Valves and Terra Universal.

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