Safe pressure monitoring for vaccine production

It can take up to 3 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 highest 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 to select from
The hygienic instruments with flush, welded diaphragm elements are ideal for pressure monitoring in all 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 from which to choose:
PG43SA-S
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 upon their safety requirements and the installation conditions ? even though model PG43SA-S already meets a large part of the requirements for pressure monitoring.
Critical situation at a glance
The further the vaccine production progresses, the more valuable the merchandise becomes. Through the ?downstream? filtration processes, the future active ingredient is increasingly purified. Here, pressure monitoring provides the decisive information concerning whether the filters are still 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, 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.
Problem-free installation
That the compact nature of the instruments can also be important in this task is illustrated by a filtering at a vaccine manufacturer in China: in this case, a peristaltic pump conveys the active ingredient to the capsule filter with 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 attached to the hose before and following the filter due to 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 for this. Hence, it is also ideal for pressure monitoring in vertical pipelines.
The models in the PG43SA series, like all diaphragm pressure gauges, as a result of their mechanical principle, always reliably indicate the procedure pressure. They measure with high overload safety and independently of electricity. This meets the safety requirements, particularly when transporting the intermediate products and the finished vaccine. They are transported in mobile tanks from the bioreactor via chromatograph and filtration through to filling into ampoules.
Vaccine transport in mobile tanks is considered an especially sensitive process step. The hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges of the PG43SA series provide all the necessary pressure information at any time, 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, you should check if the pressure remains constant. This is also a leak test: a falling pressure may be due to a leaking valve or a damaged seal. After emptying the tank at the transfer point, one consider the display can determine whether there’s still pressure in the tank or whether it is usually 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 comes to the fore: the instruments work with a ?dry? measuring cell. This eliminates the risk of product contamination by way of a system fill fluid, as may be the case with conventional diaphragm seal systems. In this way, 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 very robust measuring element should break due to extreme process conditions or rough mechanical influences, the patented monitoring function immediately reports the damage via a ?red? indicator. A second barrier in the instrument maintains the separation of process and environment.
Ideal for CIP/SIP and autoclavable
Process reliability in vaccine production includes residue-free cleaning of the equipment after each batch. Due to their hygienic design, the PG43SA diaphragm pressure gauges are suitable for CIP/SIP cleaning processes and so are all autoclavable.
Note
You can find a synopsis and technical details of the PG43SA series hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges on the WIKA website or in our flyer: ? Gigantic and reliable: Pressure displays in hygienic design?. You would like to buy hygienic diaphragm pressure gauges? Inside our WIKA online-shop you will discover a few of our standard designs. Assuming you have any questions, your contact will gladly assist you to.
Also read our articles
Pressure gauges for pharmaceutical processes: Flush-mounted dry measurement
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The following video also informs you about the PG43SA instruments:

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