It can take up to three years to turn bacteria, viruses or cell cultures right into a vaccine. Since vaccines are injected directly into the body, safety and purity have the best priority in production. The demands on the plant equipment are correspondingly high, for example, in the tabs on pressure. The PG43SA group of diaphragm pressure gauges from WIKA are tailored to this.
Designed completely in hygienic design: the diaphragm pressure gauges of the PG43SA series
Three instrument models to choose from
The hygienic instruments with flush, welded diaphragm elements are ideal for pressure monitoring in every areas of vaccine production. This applies, not only to the ?upstream? and ?downstream? stations, but additionally to the support processes.
There are three 3A and EHEDG-certified models to pick from:
PG43SA-D with integrated diaphragm element monitoring
PG43SA-C particularly compact with back mount process connection
Which variant a user chooses, and of which point in the process, depends on their safety requirements and the installation conditions ? although the model PG43SA-S already meets a large area of the requirements for pressure monitoring.
Critical situation at a glance
The further the vaccine production progresses, the more valuable the product becomes. During the ?downstream? filtration processes, the future active component is increasingly purified. Here, pressure monitoring supplies the decisive information concerning whether the filters remain working correctly or are clogging up and need to be replaced. The model PG43SA-S with red limit value marking, for instance, enables a crucial situation to be detected, unmistakably, instantly.
In filtration plant, pressure monitoring is used, among other things, to check on the filter status also to draw focus on any clogging of the filter in good time.
That the compact nature of the instruments can also be important in this is illustrated by a filtering at a vaccine manufacturer in China: in this instance, a peristaltic pump conveys the active ingredient to the capsule filter via a hose. The challenge of the extremely cramped available space meant a little measuring instrument was required, and the model PG43SA-C met this.
The instrument was able to be easily mounted on the hose before and after the filter because of its process connection being built-into the case ? a patented design. This measuring solution shows the operator whether the pump and filter will work normally. The PC43SA-C supplies a good plan view because of this. It is therefore also suitable for pressure monitoring in vertical pipelines.
The models in the PG43SA series, like all diaphragm pressure gauges, due to their mechanical principle, always reliably indicate the procedure pressure. They measure with high overload safety and independently of electrical energy. This meets the safety requirements, particularly when transporting the intermediate products and the finished vaccine. These are transported in mobile tanks from the bioreactor via chromatograph and filtration through to filling into ampoules.
Vaccine transport in mobile tanks is known as a particularly sensitive process step. The hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges of the PG43SA series provide all of the necessary pressure information anytime, independent of electrical power.
Multiple tasks in one application
When monitoring the pressure at the tanks, the PG43SA instruments fulfil several tasks: During transport, you should check whether the pressure remains constant. That is also a leak test: a falling pressure may be due to a leaking valve or a damaged seal. After emptying pressure gauge octa at the transfer point, one consider the display can determine whether there’s still pressure in the tank or whether it could be opened without danger. The same pertains to pressure monitoring during tank cleaning and the pressure test before refilling.
In tank applications, in addition to the measurement quality described, another advantage of diaphragm pressure gauges involves the fore: the instruments utilize a ?dry? measuring cell. This eliminates the risk of product contamination by way of a system fill fluid, as is the case with conventional diaphragm seal systems. In this manner, they prevent potential damage that could amount to millions.
Further risk minimisation
In these and similar sensitive processes, the model PG43SA-D really helps to further minimise risks to the vaccine. The instrument comes with an integrated diaphragm element monitor with red/white indicator. In the unlikely event that the robust measuring element should break because of extreme process conditions or rough mechanical influences, the patented monitoring function immediately reports the damage via a ?red? indicator. Another barrier in the instrument maintains the separation of process and environment.
Suitable for CIP/SIP and autoclavable
Process reliability in vaccine production includes residue-free cleaning of the equipment after each batch. Because of their hygienic design, the PG43SA diaphragm pressure gauge s are ideal for CIP/SIP cleaning processes and so are all autoclavable.
You can find an overview and technical information on the PG43SA series hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges on the WIKA website or in our flyer: ?Safe and reliable: Pressure displays in hygienic design?. You want to buy hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges? In our WIKA online-shop you will find some of our standard designs. In case you have any questions, your contact will gladly assist you to.
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