Milestone Bioprocess Technology
Filter Testers New Filter Integrity Tester for Pharma Industry
Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) has recently announced the launch of its new Sartocheck 5 Plus filter integrity tester. Designed for use in downstream processing, this new integrity tester is the latest development in the established line of Sartocheck units already recognised throughout the pharmaceutical industry.
Based on extensive research of customers’ needs to confirm the integrity of filters in pharmaceutical production, the new filter tester features the most advanced functions for ensuring maximum data integrity and compliance with future requirements of quality risk management. These include the upcoming Annex 1 of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to the company.
The new filter tester greatly improves the detectability of operator errors, improper test set-ups and out-of-tolerance environmental conditions. It is also more reliable and easier to use than ever before. With the new filter tester, false passed and false failed test results are therefore relegated to the past, states the firm.
Where other devices are limited in their flow measurement capability, this advanced filter tester has been designed to cover the complete range of integrity testing from small syringe filters up to large multi-round housings and crossflow cassettes, with diffusion rates of up to thousands of milliliters per minute, adds the company.
In addition, the automatic test time feature for diffusion and water intrusion, along with accelerated bubble point testing, reduces overall test time. Parallel bubble point testing is also a significant time saver as this function enables up to 10 small filters to be checked with one Sartocheck 5 Plus.
According to the firm, user benefits include the biggest and brightest screen currently available in the market (12”) for integrity testers, along with an ergonomic interface, an easy-to-clean design, improved data integrity and inherent virus protection. The new filter tester is also the only integrity tester that is Atex | IECEx | FM compliant. It protects operators by allowing safe integrity testing of alcohol-wetted filters. To prevent cross-contamination, the device can be used together with an accessory kit for external venting.
The filter integrity tester comes with comprehensive quality risk management documentation, including an FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis). Qualification protocols are available and operational qualification can be performed by SSB’s Service team for maximum security and peace of mind. The company also provides on-site annual or bi-annual calibration along with preventive maintenance.
The new filter tester is set to become the new reference standard for filter integrity testing, mentions the firm. The purchase of this device includes a pre-established roadmap of software upgrades that come with comprehensive risk assessments. Add-on features do not require re-qualification. The software upgrades include valuable patented and patent-pending features for the highest data integrity, QRM, HSE and usability, throughout the entire life cycle of the filter integrity tester.