It can take up to 3 years to turn bacteria, viruses or cell cultures into a vaccine. Since vaccines are injected straight into the body, safety and purity have the best priority in production. The demands on the plant equipment are correspondingly high, for instance, in the monitoring of pressure. The PG43SA series 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 available
The hygienic instruments with flush, welded diaphragm elements are ideal for pressure monitoring in every areas of vaccine production. This applies, not merely to the ?upstream? and ?downstream? stations, but also to the support processes.
There are three 3A and EHEDG-certified models to choose 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 along the way, depends on their safety requirements and the installation conditions ? although the model PG43SA-S already meets a big portion of the requirements for pressure monitoring.
Critical situation instantly
The further the vaccine production progresses, the more valuable the merchandise becomes. Through the ?downstream? filtration processes, the future active component is increasingly purified. Here, pressure monitoring supplies the decisive information as to whether the filters remain working correctly or are clogging up and should be replaced. The model PG43SA-S with red limit value marking, for instance, enables a crucial situation to be detected, unmistakably, at a glance.
In filtration plant, pressure monitoring can be used, among other things, to check the filter status and to draw attention to 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 case, a peristaltic pump conveys the active component to the capsule filter with a hose. The challenge of the very cramped available space meant a small measuring instrument was required, and the model PG43SA-C met this.
pressure gauge octa could be easily attached to the hose before and after the filter due to its process connection being integrated into the case ? a patented design. This measuring solution shows the operator whether the pump and filter will work normally. The PC43SA-C offers 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, because of their mechanical principle, always reliably indicate the process pressure. They measure with high overload safety and independently of electricity. This meets the safety requirements, especially when transporting the intermediate products and the finished vaccine. These are transported in mobile tanks from the bioreactor via chromatograph and filtration systems 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 the necessary pressure information anytime, independent of electrical power.
Multiple tasks in a single application
When monitoring the pressure at the tanks, the PG43SA instruments fulfil several tasks: During transport, it is very important check if the pressure remains constant. This is also a leak test: a falling pressure may be due to a leaking valve or perhaps a damaged seal. After emptying the tank at the transfer point, one look at the display can determine whether there’s still pressure in the tank or whether it could be opened without danger. Exactly 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 benefit of diaphragm pressure gauges involves the fore: the instruments utilize a ?dry? measuring cell. This eliminates the risk of product contamination by 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 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 very 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 gauges are suitable for CIP/SIP cleaning processes and so are all autoclavable.
เกจวัดแรงดัน can find a synopsis and technical information on the PG43SA series hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges on the WIKA website or inside our flyer: ?Safe and reliable: Pressure displays in hygienic design?. You would like to buy hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges? In our WIKA online-shop you will discover a few of our standard designs. For those who have any questions, your contact will gladly help you.
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