Introducing the ChargePoint BIO, for the ultimate sterility confidence
Tuesday 22 November 2011ChargePoint Technology® are pleased to announce the official launch of the ChargePoint® BIO aseptic transfer valve, setting new standards for the safe and clean transfer of sensitive product from process to process.
A unique approach to bio-decontamination ensures the integrity of the critical sealing area, achieving a Grade A area within the valve itself. This method eliminates the need for the construction of Grade A areas in new plants and enables aseptic transfers within lower class rooms in existing production areas.
As Marketing Manager, Ben Wylie says, “The ChargePoint BIO overcomes issues with traditional methods of transfer where there is a brief time period prior to docking the device during which the mating faces (or in worst case product itself) are exposed to the production environment – potentially becoming contaminated in the process.” The two stage operation firstly involves steam cleaning in place (SIP) of the Active half of the valve, including assurance that the ‘ring of concern’ is clean. Then VHP is introduced into a sealed chamber formed between the discs of the two halves of the valve to ensure the critical sealing faces are decontaminated before the transfer.
This new split valve technology helps to limit manual handling and intervention, leading to an increase in sterility confidence. It is also possible to perform multiple, repeated transfers, without the need for continuous SIP steps or re-validation. This makes the ChargePoint® BIO suitable for small or large scale production and single batch or continuous processes.
“This unrivalled product utilises existing ChargePoint® containment technology and combines these strengths with innovative techniques offering a revolutionary transfer device for aseptic processing” explained Mr Wylie.