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Lorne Laboratories has installed a Flexicon FF30 filling and capping machine from Watson-Marlow, helping it to fulfil orders from blood-transfusion, immunology and sero-diagnosis professionals.

Based on peristaltic pumping principles, the semi-automatic tabletop machine offers handling, aseptic filling and cap tightening for volumes up to 1,200 units an hour, depending on the application.

It is said to be easy to clean as all format parts are mounted by finger screws and all surfaces in contact with the vials are made of stainless steel.

Other advantages include filling accuracy of +/-0.5 per cent, as well as system flexibility – vital as many of the blood reagents vary significantly in viscosity.

The company’s production manager, Andy Gould, said: ‘We’ve had the Flexicon machine since September 2009 and it has already doubled our throughput to 5,000-7,000 vials a day.

‘Some reagents are like water but others, such as bovine albumin, are sticky and very viscous, however the Flexicon machine pumps them all without problem,’ he added.

A complete vial and product changeover can be performed in less than 10min.

The acquisition of the FF30 means that Lorne can produce diagnostic test kits and reagents in vials, or in bulk if required, to customers in transfusion services, hospitals or the armed forces, or to scientists or clinicians working in laboratories.

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is the world leader in niche peristaltic and sinusoidal pumps and associated fluid path technologies. Founded on nearly 60 years of supplying engineering and process expertise and with over one million pumps installed worldwide, our pumps are tried, tested and proven to deliver.

WMFTG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc (LSE: SPX), a global organisation employing approximately 4,800 people worldwide. Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group comprises nine established brands, each with their own area of expertise, but together offering our customers an unrivalled breadth of solutions for their pumping applications:

  • Watson-Marlow Pumps: peristaltic tube pumps for biopharm and process industries
  • Watson-Marlow Tubing: precision tubing for pumping and other purposes, in a range of materials
  • Bredel: high flow, high-pressure hose pumps
  • Alitea: unique peristaltic solutions for OEM customers
  • Flexicon: aseptic filling and capping systems
  • MasoSine: gentle sinusoidal pumps for food, chemical and cosmetics applications
  • BioPure: advanced single-use tubing connector systems
  • Asepco: aseptic valves for the biopharmaceutical industry
  • FlowSmart: high purity sanitary gaskets, silicone transfer tubing and reinforced silicone hoses for the biopharmaceutical industry

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group is an international operation based in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. Watson-Marlow Fluid |Technology Group has offices in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sharjah UAE, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA and Vietnam.

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