In the Spotlight

New product reviews from March 2011.
Mar 02, 2011
By Pharmaceutical Technology Editors
Volume 35, Issue 3

Editors' Picks of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Innovations

Automation has become increasingly important to the pharmaceutical industry, partly because it can enhance product quality and reduce the occurrence of deviations. Many vendors provide devices intended to control manufacturing and quality-assurance operations, and drugmakers have come to rely on these innovations. This month's products are intended for various process-control applications. The new model of Stratophase's data-monitoring unit helps indicate process status. Two of Shimadzu's gas-chromatography instruments now can be controlled through Waters's Empower 2 software. A pressure logger is the latest addition to Mesa Laboratories's series of process-validation systems.

Data-monitoring unit offers process control

Benchtop data-monitoring unit Stratophase
The new model of Stratophase's benchtop data-monitoring unit lets personnel track eight independent SpectroSens probes simultaneously and has a smaller footprint than the previous model did. The new machine includes a built-in touch-screen monitor that eliminates the need for a separate monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Users can implement the benchtop data-monitoring unit as stand-alone process-monitoring and data-analysis system, or network it with other process-control equipment as part of a process-management system. The probes' optical microchip sensor technology offers measurements that can indicate process status and product quality.

Stratophase's data-monitoring unit uses temperature-compensated refractive index as a measurement of concentration, thus providing information that can be used to control a process directly. Personnel can use the data gathered by Stratophase's system to profile the process and compare real-time data to a historical process model.