Originally Published MPMN November
Originally Published MPMN November 2004
Technical Support Services
A provider of sterilization and validation services offers technical support. The TechTeam technical support group at Steris Isomedix (Mentor, OH; www.isomedix.com) can assist in revalidation procedures, as well as new product validation. Other support services include product development, materials testing, and protocol generation.
Flexible, braid-reinforced silicone hose features a colored tracer line. AdvantaPure (Southampton, PA; www.advantapure.com) offers the color braid silicone hose as a means for quickly identifying transfer and processing lines. The sterilizable hose is made from low volatile grade, platinum-cured silicone elastomer. Polyester braiding, including the tracer line, is then applied to enhance pressure-carrying capabilities. A final outer layer of silicone completes the product. Hose sizes range from 1/16 to 1 in.; available braid colors include red, blue, green, and yellow.
A pinch clamp can be opened with a simple finger squeeze from any angle. The Easy Open pinch clamp from Z-Man Corp. (Grand Rapids, MI; www.zmancorp.com) is designed to reduce accidental pulling on tubing lines. Offered in a variety of colors, the clamp can accommodate tubing sizes from 3 to 6.3 mm. Samples are available from the company upon request.
High-wattage single-output power supply units can be customized for medical device OEMs. The GPMP 600/700 series from Condor D.C. Power Supplies (Oxnard, CA; www.condorpower.com) comes as a stand-alone or rack mount unit. Its power input is 90-265 V ac, 47-63 Hz single phase. Output configurations from 24 to 48 V dc are available. The unit comes fully enclosed in a 12.4 x 4.86 x 2.48 in. package. Low output noise and low current leakage are standard features.
Safe, uniform transfer of drug samples is possible with a software-controlled peristaltic pump. The Steritest Equinox liquid transfer pump from Millipore (Billerica, MA; www.millipore.com) can be used for sterility testing in horizontal and vertical Class A/Class 100 laminar flow hoods. The pump's intelligent system enables analysts to download custom procedures from a PC onto the pump. An auto-close pump head simplifies loading and unloading of the device's tubing. Transfer time can be preset using the built-in timer. A patented pressure control system consistently monitors canister pressure, ensuring that the system is running within acceptable limits at all times.
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