New from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is the Flexicon PF7 peristaltic tabletop aseptic liquid filling machine optimised for operation in good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulated industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical and diagnostics.
Engineered with Flexicon’s trademark precision performance, the PF7 adds a more intuitive, validation-friendly operator interface to reduce the risk of costly filling errors.
Optimised for precision dispensing by weight or by volume using Accusil tubing, the PF7 is designed to work with single-use fluid paths such as asepticsu, removing any risk of cross-contamination. Changing the fluid path can be achieved in less than 60 seconds.
The PF7 is programmed with recommended filling parameters based on Flexicon’s 30 years’ of experience. Users can adapt filling parameters to achieve optimum accuracy for their application needs and up to 200 user programmable recipes can be stored and password-protected for future use. A simple and powerful user interface featuring large keys and a colour display, aids operation while working in gloves or behind glass within a restricted access barrier system (RABS) or laminar air flow (LAF) unit.
At the heart of all Flexicon systems is the low-shear, gentle pumping action of peristaltic fillers, which ensure product is transferred undamaged and with high precision. The new PF7 has been developed specifically for the filling of high value sensitive fluids in GMP production and cleanroom environments. With this in mind, the machine offers repeatable filling of volumes from as low as 0.2ml up to 250ml, with accuracy better than ±0.5%, to prevent costly overfilling. In addition, there is no foaming, splashing or dripping between fills.
Connectivity is another aspect of the PF7 that brings a number of user advantages. The unit can connect to a range of balances and printers for error-free calibration and batch reporting to help compliance with GMP and regulatory demands. The PF7 will also connect to a variety of bottle handling systems such as the FlexFeed 15, 20 and 30, or other third-party systems, to facilitate integration with automated filling lines.
Flexicon’s PF7 comes with a five-year warranty, while inspection qualification (IQ) / operational qualification (OQ) documentation is available on request to assist with process validation.