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Diagnostic reagent manufacturer Hart Biologicals has upgraded to an FF30 tabletop bottle filling and capping machine from Flexicon Liquid Filling, a division of Watson-Marlow Pumps.

The Flexicon FF30 is used to fill vials with reagents and cap them on completion.

Some reagents are freeze dried and then capped, while other liquid reagents are capped immediately after filling.

The machine was installed in November 2010 and replaced a Flexicon FF20, which did not feature capping functionality.

Malcolm Pattison, production manager at Hart Biologicals, said: ’With a recent increase in throughput, we became aware of the physical duress that comes with tightening caps day in, day out.

’Fingers inevitably suffer in this situation and to address the issue we contacted Flexicon to enquire about an upgrade to the system.

’We also knew that having the automated capping facility of the FF30 would allow us to ensure caps are secured tightly, time after time, not to mention the gains in efficiency,’ he added.

According to Flexicon, system upgrades are very simple.

The existing PF6 peristaltic dispensing pump incorporated could simply be transferred to the new FF30 with minimal effort and downtime, ensuring worry-free continuity of production and significant cost savings for new equipment.

The peristaltic technology of the PF6 permits aseptic filling – ideal for process applications such as pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biological.

The Flexicon FF30 is claimed to facilitate high-accuracy filling (+/-0.5 per cent) and product changeover without any issues of cross contamination or cleaning validation.

The product only contacts the FDA-approved pump tubing and the filling nozzle.

The modular bottle handling and tightening system accepts bottles between 12mm and 50mm in diameter, with capacity in the region of 1,200 units per hour.

A complete bottle and product changeover can be performed in less than 10 minutes.

Straightforward cleaning is another benefit – all format parts are mounted by finger screws and all surfaces in contact with the bottles are made from stainless steel and approved plastics.

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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