CONTAINER CLOSURE INTEGRITY TESTER

The LF-SMH by Bonfiglioli engineering is an offline multi head container closure integrity tester.

The Machine is suitable for laboratory applications, statistical purposes as well as off-line testing.

The Measurement System comprises applying a pressure differential into an airtight Testing Group enclosing the Container (Patent No. 1225063 of 13-9-1988). The test objective is to detect Container leakages by measuring the reached pressure level as well as the pressure change over test time.

The Measurement System follows the approved industry standard “ASTM F2338-09”

The Test method is a Recognised Consensus Standard by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), effective March 31, 2006

 

This machine is capable of testing up to 8 units per session and the complete cycle from start to finish is concluded in less than 90 seconds. The unique design of the machinery allows the users to handle multiple types of containers like Vials, Pouches, MDPI, MDI, IV Bags, Flowrapped Device, Bottles, Liquid Forms.

This machine is also capable of testing empty containers used for injection molded filling, filled containers whether they are closed, sealed or open.

Beside liquids, the LF-SMH can also perform tests on containers filled with powder or semi-solid content. This laboratory leak detection tester emphasizes the vacuum decay testing method which when operated at full speed in appropriate testing environment can perform up to 20 calculations per minute.

 

For more information regarding the LF-SMH or for other vacuum decay testing solutions please reach out to our product specialists at 800-829-5741

Torqo II+ Model 1600 Mesa’s new twist on cap testing

The Torque product line has been providing accurate torque measurement readings for the past 50 years. The Torqo II+ system incorporates 15 years of factory floor proven technology, supplying customers with precision torque data to help improve the production as well as the packaging of the product. Mesa Torque systems have become the standard in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries, consistently providing accurate and reliable torque level readings to help companies manage quality control.

  • Compact Size
  • Constant Speed Drive
  • Simple Touch Screen Programming
  • Calibratable in the Field
  • NIST Traceable Calibration
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Full One-year Warranty
  • USB Connectivity
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • External Universal Power Supply
  • LAN Connectivity
  • RS-232 Port

 

A variety of tests to meet every need

  • Removal Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open a threaded closure.
  • Incremental Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open a threaded closure then reapply it to a position that will prevent leakage.
  • Bridge Test – Designed to measure the torque required to both open a threaded closure and then break the bridges of the tamper evident band.
  • Reverse Ratchet Test – Designed to measure the torque required to rotate a child-resistant cap in its free state.
  • ROPP Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open, break the bridges and then strip the threads on a Roll-On Pilfer Proof cap.
  • Close Test – Designed to apply a cap to an exact torque, thus enabling the Torqo II+ to be used as a precision capper.
  • Strip Test – Designed to simply see what the torque specification would be required to drive the cap in a clockwise direction in order to break the band and remove the cap.

 

Call our office now and learn more about the Torqo II+ and the Mesa Labs’ trade in program.

Cozzoli Machine Company is your source for complete packaging and filling solutions

For nearly a century, Cozzoli has provided technologically advanced machinery for the packaging industry. Cozzoli is a global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution, and service of precision cleaning, sterilizing, filling, and closing systems. Quality craftsmanship has always been the cornerstone of our foundation and we are dedicated to continuing that tradition of excellence. The products we engineer today are designed to take you beyond tomorrow, because at Cozzoli research and development doesn’t end when a system is successful. We continually update our methods and equipment, integrating fast moving technologies that shape the products we provide worldwide.

Our expertise lies in the engineering and manufacturing of exceptional equipment custom designed to your specifications for a multi-faceted turnkey operation. As a single source provider of individual components through full lines, our projects are defined by your individual requirements. We utilize on-going technologies with design features that save time in product changeover and enhance productivity. Rugged construction and dedicated workmanship you can depend on contribute to an efficient smooth running operation.

Their most comprehensive capabilities include application analysis, product development, line integration, validation, parts and service, and installation. Whether you are a long time customer or a new client, Cozzoli will give you the same careful attention and unparalleled service.

Aseptic and non-aseptic pharmaceutical, cosmetic, health, beauty aids, personal care, food, beverage, chemical, paint, and industrial products are some of the industry segments Cozzoli serves.

 

Reach us now at 800 829 5741 and let us know how we can help you, with your next project.

The PackExpo International has started!

The PackExpo International started today! Stop by booth # W-879 to meet LF of America and their Business Development Director Diego Bulgarelli. On LF’s booth you’ll have the opportunity to meet Lameplast Product Specialist that have bolstered LF’s Pack Expo team. They’ve also brought a fully operational Pentafill A25 fill and seal machine and can perform sample fills on site.

If you are attending the Pack Expo, make sure to stop by booth S-1525. Cozzoli are All set and ready to discuss their extensive product line with you or your engineers. Cozzoli are represented by their marketing department accompanied by the product developers and the engineering section. Cozzoli’s booth is laid out in a particular way so you can see every piece of machinery that they’ve displayed on their booth.

It’s the first day of Pack Expo in Chicago and we’re up and running! Meet the Newman team on booth S-4030 where you can see the CTE 450 in operation. On Newman’s booth you can also get a free sample of their standard print on labels as well as have the opportunity to network with one of the most comprehensive experts when it comes to tamper evident labels.

Vetromeccanica’s several product specialists and sales representatives are attending the Pack Expo and are stationed at Booth E 8528. Stop by their booth in order to learn about the latest conveyance solution and conveyor technology. They are also starting to build solutions that can be embedded onto existing production lines, connecting several machines assuring the most efficient productivity attainable.

Their custom conveyance solutions have been installed in many production lines across 5 continents in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical, dairy and secondary packing industries.

Visit Bonfiglioli Engineering at booth S-1548 and don’t miss the opportunity to meet their team while assisting to a live demo of two lab-scale machines from our leak testing equipment.

 

For further assistance please reach out to our project engineer that is in attendance. MaryBeth Eyer can be reached via marybeth@lsi1.com or 217-825-8110. 

 

We look forward to meeting you in Chicago!

Container Closure Integrity Testing Method Development and Validation for Prefilled Syringes

Utilization of prefilled syringes as a preferred container closure system for biologics has been increasing [1]. As a primary container closure system, prefilled syringes must provide an integral barrier that protects drug product stability and sterility throughout its entire shelf life. Drug manufacturers are required to check and demonstrate the system is capable of maintaining its microbial barrier integrity [2, 3]. In 2008, FDA further promoted container and closure system integrity (CCI) testing as a component of the stability protocol for sterile products

In response to the increasing regulatory expectations, the pharmaceutical industry has driven and witnessed significant technical advancements in CCI testing [5]. Instrumentation-based technologies, such as high voltage leak detection (HVLD) [6], vacuum/ pressure decay [7], mass extraction [8], and tracer gas detection (helium, oxygen etc.) [9, 10], have emerged and demonstrated improved detection capabilities compared to conventional dye and microbial ingress methods. Many of the technologies have been used for on-line 100% inspection and/or drug product stability CCI testing. In this article, we highlight our current thinking in an attempt to devise a systematic approach for CCI testing method selection, development, and validation.

General Considerations

In order to function both as a container closure system and as a drug delivery device, prefilled syringes feature many unique design elements. They usually include multiple containment compartments that are sealed by numerous interfaces. For example, the current stake needle glass syringes (Figure 1) provide a syringe barrel compartment for drug product containment and a separate needle shield compartment for needle protection. The syringe barrel compartment is sealed by the plunger on one end and by the needle on the other with the needle tip embedded in the needle shield. The needle shield compartment, sealed by the syringe barrel head,protects the needle exterior surfaces from potential contamination. The potential failure modes associated with each compartment and seal interface need to be identifi ed, assessed, and taken into account during CCI testing method development.

“In order to function both as a container closure system and as a drug delivery device, prefilled syringes feature many unique design elements.“

Furthermore, the plunger in a prefilled syringe is allowed to move within a range along the syringe barrel. When experiencing lower pressure environment during shipping and distribution, plunger movements in response to pressure variations may potentially aff ect seal integrity. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate plunger seal integrity following these special conditions.

In addition to the complex designs of prefilled syringes, the drug products packaged therein should also be considered. For example, prefilled syringes have been widely used for biologics, some of which could require extremely low temperature storage (e.g. -70°C). Since seal property of syringe components, especially elastomers (e.g. needle shields and plungers), is temperature dependent, CCI testing under extremely low temperatures could be required if theoretical justifications based on elastomer property are not adequate [11]. Moreover, drug-package interactions may impact method sensitivity and selection. For example, proteinaceous products could prevent mass transfer through CCI defects and reduce the sensitivity of a vacuum decay method [12].

Figure 1. Illustration of a stake needle glass syringe

CCI testing strategy for development

Many distinct CCI failure modes can occur throughout the life cycle of a syringe, ranging from component manufacturing, drug product filling and sealing, device assembling and packaging, to subsequent distribution and storage. It is essential to develop an overarching strategy to apply a series of CCI testing throughout the entire syringe life cycle.

CCI testing strategy development started with thorough understanding of syringe construction, design, and manufacturing processes. The CCI failure modes and eff ects associated with each aspect were first identifi ed. Using a risk-based approach, we further determined whether CCI testing is required, and if so, the intended uses and testing frequencies needed. For example, knowing the needle shield compartment seal integrity was tested by the component supplier, we elected to apply a non-routine CCI test to confirm its seal integrity upon drug product filling and sealing, and upon being assembled into devices. In contrast, for the product-containing syringe barrel compartment, we incorporated an extensive set of CCI tests into the entire product development cycle, including initial design confirmation, machinability studies, and product stability testing, to ensure CCI was achieved and well maintained.

Method selection

Table 1 lists the major CCI testing technologies available for prefilled syringes and their key characteristics. Note all the technologies have major limitations. When selecting appropriate methods, the following key aspects should be considered.

  • Suitable for its intended use. The selected method(s) must be suitable for the intended use and scope of a specific CCI test. For example, microbial ingress testing, although a good selection for media-filled syringes for fil lling process validation, cannot be used for stability testing because it does not apply to drug product filled samples. If a single method cannot meet all the testing needs, complementary methods may be applied in tandem to achieve definitive and comprehensive testing conclusions.
  • Applicable to the specific drug product-package. As previously mentioned, drug products can interact with CCI defects in various ways and may further aff ect the eff ectiveness of CCI testing methods. The method applicability to the specic product-package must be evaluated and adequately demonstrated.
  • Detection capability and eff ectiveness. Recent technologies utilizing mass extraction [8], HVLD [5], vacuum decay [7], have demonstrated reliable detection of CCI defects of 5-10 microns or smaller. These technologies are based on quantitative measurement of certain sample characteristics that can be further correlated to presence and/or sizes of CCI defects. The superior sensitivity and reliability made them preferred CCI testing methods over conventional dye or microbial ingress tests.
  • Non-destructive CCI testing. Non-destructive methods enable 100% CCI testing. In addition, they allow for further analysis of the failure modes and root causes, which in-turn provides valuable feedback for continuous improvement.

Method development

Upon establishing a preliminary method following vendor’s recommendations or literature search, we further focused on optimizing testing parameters and determining the appropriate pass/fail threshold.

Optimize Testing Parameters

First, various defect standards of known sizes (Table 2) were tested along with intact samples under different testing parameters. The correlations were thoroughly explored between key method parameters and instrument responses to intact and defect samples, aiming to identify a set of parameters that yield optimized separation between defect and intact samples (i.e. signal-to-noise ratio).

Refine Pass/Fail Threshold

To establish the preliminary pass/fail threshold, the optimized method was used to test multiple lots of filled intact syringes representing relevant product variations, including various packaging component sources/lots, drug products batches, as well as packaging sites and lines. The testing results were statistically evaluated to define the instrument baseline and variation (σ) for intact samples. Ideally, the pass/fail threshold should be at 10σ above baseline (i.e. above limit of quantitation LOQ). Defect standards of known sizes were then tested to further finalize and verify the pass/fail threshold. In cases where the 10σ threshold did not provide the desired sensitivity (as illustrated in Figure 2), the threshold setting was further adjusted between 3σ above baseline (i.e. limit of detection LOD) and the 10σ LOQ to achieve the desired detection sensitivity while keeping false positive detection probability (i.e. intact sampled detected as Fails) within the acceptable level.

Verify Method Effectiveness

Although defect standards are essential for initial method definition and optimization, they do not necessarily fully represent natural CCI defects. Natural CCI defects are of a large variety and most of them are not simple orifices or tubes. Therefore, the method performance was further evaluated using “real-world” CCI defects.

A good “real-world” defect sample set should represent all major probable CCI failure modes. Actual CCI defects could be obtained from various sources, such as reject samples from incoming or inprocess controls. When actual defect samples were not available for a specific failure mode and defect type, simulated defects were used.

A few iterations of the steps above may be needed to finalize the method. For methods used for stability testing, additional studies were performed to verify the methods are capable of detecting “aged” samples. Usually it was demonstrated by placing a set of productfilled samples with known defects on a stability study and testing the defect samples at various time points.

Method validation

Table 1. Characteristics of Major CCI Testing Methods

Table 2. Commonly-used CCI Defect Standards

In general, ICH analytical method validation guideline [14] was followed to validate instrument-based CCI testing methods. The key method characteristics, such as detection limit, range, accuracy, precision and robustness, were evaluated and demonstrated during the validation stage. In order to demonstrate detection capability in size, micro-pipettes, microtubes, and laser drilled standards of known sizes were usually used, which also allowed direct comparison of testing capability of various methods.

CCI testing methods were validated for the specific drug productpackage. Because the drug product formulation and package design may change during early development phases, a phase-appropriate approach was implemented to validate methods in concert with product development phases. For example, we utilized scientifically sound methods to support packaging system qualification and development stability studies. Once the product formulation and packaging design were finalized, the methods were then fully validated in support of primary stability and process validation CCI testing. Additional long-term method robustness may be further validated prior to implementing the method in QC laboratories for routine testing.

Figure 2. Approach to establishing Pass-Fail threshold

Summary

Appropriately selected and validated methods are essential for demonstrating container closure integrity during package and drug product development and manufacturing. However, it should be realized that current CCI testing technologies do not off er an ideal method that satisfy all prefilled syringe CCI testing needs. An integrated approach incorporating CCI testing and other engineering and administrative controls must be taken to ensure overall container closure integrity.

 

Fedegari Washing Solutions

Washer-Sterilisers (independent and combined use)

One of the most inovative solutions in the Fedegari washer range is also a unique and original. Combined Washer-Sterilisers have the ability to operate in three ways, they can be bought to be independent washing machines, operate as back up sterilisers when washing is not required or perform as a hybrid washer/sterilisers which allow you to wash, sterilise and dry machine parts, vessels and other materials in a single cycle.

 

Steam Washers

Fedegari high performance GMP Steam Washers capitalize on the experience acquired with the Combined Washer-Steriliser series within the pharmaceutical market. These machines represent a cost-effective solution for the highest performances. Fedegari steam washers use an integral steam generator to optimize performance and reduce operational costs. The state-of-the-art modular customizable rack can be adapted to every specific load configuration.

 

Free Standing Washers

The Fedegari laboratory glassware washer combines excellent washing and drying performances with first class materials, economical consumption, safety and operating ease. With its dedicated process controller and its integrated steam generator that allows steam injection directly in the chamber, this machine is suitable for use in many different applications.

 

Later this month we have prepared a special webinar broadcast with Fedegari that will focus on The Key Factors of an effective Pharmaceutical Cleaning Strategy.

For more information on the washing solutions by Fedegari, give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

 

Bahnson Environmental Specialties Products and Services

Bahnson Environmental Specialties offers a large selection of environmental chambers with proven quality construction and innovative technology, serving a variety of industries.

Temperatures range as low as -84°C (-120°F) with high temperatures to +350°C (+662°F) and humidity ranges from 10% to 98% RH.

Test chamber sizes That BES produces, range from small benchtop chambers for testing small components to full walk-in/drive-in rooms large enough to accommodate a semi-truck and trailer or larger, suitable for more comprehensive storage needs.

BES offers a complete line of temperature and humidity control solutions for today’s demanding research needs. These units combine reliable performance with a range of advanced features that make them a superior choice for a diverse array of applications.

BES offerings include:

  • WRST
    Optimum uniformity for cold and warm stability chamber studies
  • WRS Series
    A single chamber, a wide range of testing conditions
  • CRS Series
    Low-temperature precision and dependability
  • FAS Series
    Exceptional cleanroom capabilities with optimum temperature and humidity control
  • DRS Series
    Dry rooms tailored for specific pharmaceutical and industrial applications
  • LT Series
    Ultra-low temperature, high-volume freezers
  • ES2000 Series
    Reach-in chambers for your low-volume pharmaceutical and industrial test applications

 

Bahnson Environmental Specialties offers intensive preventive maintenance and calibration programs for most major brands of laboratory equipment, including environmental chambers.

Call us today and let us tailor a program designed to satisfy your complex equipment needs and demanding schedules.

How to Properly Calibrate Your Torque Analyzer

 

Cap torque analyzers are an extremely refined set of products that need to be cared for and calibrated on a regular basis to ensure accurate and consistent results. Calibrating these complex machines can be an intimidating process, however there are tried and true steps to follow to improve not only the calibration process, but also the end results.

Why is calibration important?

Regular calibration ensures that you’re getting the most accurate results which can greatly improve your ROI and avoid production loss and costly recalls. We recommend calibration be performed at least every 12 months.

 

The Five steps to calibrate your torque machine include:

  1. Before beginning calibration, be sure to attach the frame with 1-2 screws to ensure stability.
  2. Insert the pulley into the chuck and rotate the chuck. Make sure the screw is facing a direction that allows the wire to twist 90 degrees and lock the shaft.
  3. “Zero out” any offset and hang the weight slowly and deliberately.
  4. Make sure the weights are still and are not touching anything.
  5. Be sure to calibrate both sides of the machine. This will give you the proper torque read out.

 

To make sure you are consistently getting the most accurate results from your SureTorque products, Mesa Labs recommends yearly calibrations.

To meet your needs, we currently offer 3 different ways to manage your calibration:

  1. On-site calibrations
  2. Send your lab equipment to us
  3. Laboratory calibration kit

Call our offices now to inquire about Mesa’s calibration services.

Join Cozzoli at PACK EXPO 2018

 

We are pleased to announce Cozzoli Machine Company will host a breakfast meeting for our agents at Pack Expo International, October 14, 2018 at 8 am in our booth # S-1525.

Over a catered breakfast, we will review the machines we are exhibiting and discuss updates in resources and procedures at Cozzoli.

Please let us know if you can attend the breakfast meeting through email to John Bell at JBell@Cozzoli.com by September 28, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the agent breakfast meeting at Pack Expo 2018!

 

Stop by Booth # S-1252 and talk with members of the Cozzoli team including engineers, sales, technical service and management.

ACCUMULATION TABLES by Vetromeccanica

Accumulation is required in high speed production lines to make sure that the generating unit continues to run during malfunctions of downstream equipment.

Simply stated, if the generating unit is idle, the production is lost forever. Further, a certain amount of products or packages can be damaged during the stop and start cycles. Often manpower is utilized to unload product and then re-load the product back into the production flow.

A reliable accumulation system results in more production, less waste and decreased manpower. Vetromeccanica develops custom made solutions applicable to unique circumstances and production lines. The Accumulation Table utilizes a recirculating design that relieves back pressure, allowing for smooth, jam-free single filing of products through the discharge.

Vetromeccanica strives for limiting the footprint of the table which in their case is relatively small compared to the accumulation table’s storage capacity

If necessary Vetro can easily customize the standard accumulation setup to Bi-Directional Feed Table, that randomly discharges accumulation. Featuring automatic cycling, a sweep bar can be added to the system to provide automatic and complete unloading of product.

When a line stop occurs, the table’s belt is controlled to move at a right angle to the conveyor line, and begins loading. When downstream blockage is clear, the belt reverses for unloading thus making this solution best fit for unified packaging of different products. This conveyance solution is highly demanded within high level production lines that perform filling all kind of liquids into packaging in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries.

 

 

For more information regarding conveyance systems and accumulation tables please get in touch with us. 800-829-5741

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