Editors' Picks of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Innovations
Automation is not a new concept for the pharmaceutical industry, but companies have lately taken a closer look at the benefits that it can bring. Equipment that performs tasks repeatably and accurately can boost production efficiency and reduce costs and the amount of wasted materials. Many drugmakers are looking for new ways to apply automation in their facilities, and this month's products suggest various solutions. Testo's monitoring system helps personnel control critical environmental conditions. A new screener from Rotex filters materials efficiently and quietly. Freeslate's software system enables scientists to create and perform quality-assurance tests simply.
Monitoring system safeguards data
The Saveris system's software provides automatic operation and recordkeeping. Users can program the system to send email or text alarm notifications to several responders automatically. In addition, the software creates daily or weekly graphic reports and automatically saves them to a storage location or mails them to chosen recipients.
The system's base can store 40,000 readings per channel if the computer connection is lost. The probe pooling is timed, and data are sent in short bursts. If external interference prevents pooling or affects the transmission, data are stored internally in each probe until communication is re-established to prevent data loss.
Screener increases efficiency
The machine produces noise levels lower than those emitted by vibratory screeners. Its easily accessible external drive that allows for high product recoveries at material temperatures of 400 °F. The stacked, multideck configuration also allows operators to access individual trays without the need to remove all decks.
Laboratory system facilitates testing
The CM3 system's configurable design is based on a standard base platform and various arm and deck elements that dispense materials, mix, control temperature, and perform analytical measurements. Scientists can reconfigure the system for new applications easily, says John Senaldi, the company's CEO.
The unit's balance precisely quantifies powders and liquids and provides feedback to a dispensing algorithm to ensure that the correct amount of material is being dispensed. An imaging module allows scientists to see materials at various points during an experiment, thus providing indications of sample stability. The CM3 system is suitable for large-molecule drug formulation stability testing and small-molecule drug polymorph studies.
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