Processing Magazine

Lightweight pharmaceutical interface for in-line particle sizing probe

December 8, 2009

The user interface for the in-line particle size measurement probe, simplifies the system’s use as a tool for continuous monitoring of granulation, spray drying and fluidized bed operations, for example. The unit is designed specifically to fulfill GMP requirements for pharmaceutical production. It can be supplied alone or in combination with pharma, verification kit for checking measurement accuracy, and material traceability, a unit with highly polished contact surfaces supplied with material traceability documentation. Together, the instrument simplifies regulatory compliance, streamlining adoption and ongoing use within the pharmaceutical sector. It works either in a network (Ethernet) or on a standalone basis to provide the data security and complete audit trail necessary to meet the industry’s need for exemplary record keeping. Key features of the new release include: detailed user access control with flexible user levels; user and password management; and safe storage for measurement values and settings in an SQL-database. Capable of measuring as many as 20,000 particles per second, the unit is lightweight, compact and easy to install in either a process line or a vessel. It is suitable for monitoring gravity fed, pneumatically conveyed and fluidised streams with particles in the size range 50 – 6000 microns, travelling at velocities up to 50 m/s.