Editors' Picks of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Innovations
Manufacturing efficiency is essential to drugmakers who can't afford to waste expensive ingredients. Flexible and easy-to-use equipment also can help reduce the costs of production, which can be a boon to small and mid-sized firms. This month's products are meant to enable companies to optimize various parts of their manufacturing lines. Rotary airlock valves from ACS Valves help achieve regulatory compliance. MG America's thermoformer facilitates product changeovers. A bioreactor from EMD Millipore lets users configure process monitoring at the point of use.
Rotary airlock valves for regulatory compliance
The valves' inlet–outlet seal is produced with an eight-vane rotor design, which eliminates excess pressure loss through the system, ensures cost-efficient upstream- and downstream-material management, and reduces process energy consumption. The valves are available in 304 or 316 stainless steel, and in sizes from 6 to 16 in. with pressure differentials as high as 15 psig and temperature tolerance as high as 500 °F.
Thermoformer offers deep-draw capabilities
The Prima K7's deep-draw capabilities include the ability to form blisters with depths as great as 40 mm. Other features include a syringe buffer system with a capacity of more than 2000 syringes, a loading station for vials and ampuls, and forming and loading capabilities from the operator side that results in a compact forming module and easier changeover procedures.
Single-use bioreactors for mammalian cell-culture applications
The Mobius SensorReady technology offers the flexibility to configure process monitoring at the point of use, thus reducing the need to customize bioreactor process containers and enabling easy integration of new sensor technologies. The rigid base and top panel feature of the bioreactor process container are designed to facilitate installation. The system is available as a complete, turn-key system or as a modular system to integrate with the platform of choice.