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Watson-Marlow has announced that Lab21 has installed two semi-automatic Flexicon FF series tabletop filling machines to automate diagnostic operations.

The Flexicon equipment is being used to improve accuracy and relieve repetitive manual operations at two diagnostic product facilities in Suffolk.

The investment allows Lab21 to better support screening and diagnostic laboratories with technically advanced diagnostic products.

Ian Christopher, operations director at Lab21, said: ‘Previously our viral/bottle handling and filling/capping operations were predominantly manual.

‘However, with growth comes a responsibility to evolve processes accordingly.

‘We knew that by automating these operations we would improve accuracy and consistency, as well as ensure the ongoing health and safety of our employees,’ he added.

Christopher said the criteria used in the search for suitable automation equipment were price, compatibility and size.

The model selected – a Flexicon FF30 semi-automatic tabletop filling and capping machine – was initially specified to handle all of the mainstream products (blood grouping reagents) at Lab21’s Ipswich facility.

However, a rise in demand for one particular product contained in a 10ml bottle has seen it become a virtually dedicated resource.

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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