Global leading equipment suppliers, Fitzpatrick, Quadro and Steridose, opened their new Technology Centre based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on 5th May. This new facility, which extends to over 3,600 square feet, is comprised of 3 self-contained and fully equipped Test Labs and an Analysis Area, alongside comfortable meeting rooms in which to discuss test results.
The new Technology Centre is set up as a space in which researchers, developers and manufacturers can come and develop customized test matrices, and trial batch sizes from small to large quantities using the range of equipment which spans Lab, Pilot, and full Production scale models. Valuable feasibility and scale-up trials with the latest technologies will help customers in reducing integration and commissioning times.
Commenting on the launch, Wilf Sanguesa, IDEX Pharma Research & Technology Manager said: The team is excited to apply our collective ingenuity and internationally leading expertise to help our customers improve their manufacturing processes, speed up timelines and provide a clear pilot-to-mass-scale manufacturing blueprint. This new lab enables us to do even more testing with customers, while at the same time having space to do our own research and development.
The Test Lab Cells are well-resourced with equipment from Quadro, Fitzpatrick and Steridose including:
- Quadro & Fitzpatrick – solids milling & screening with the SLS, SDx mid-scale and production scale models, Overdriven Comils.
- Fitzpatrick Roller Compaction – LCS Lab-scale, CCS320 and CCS720 production-scale models.
- Quadro Liquids – Y0 jet mixer, HV0/HV1 high shear homogenizers, Z1 high shear emulsifier and ZC0/ZC1 high speed powder dispersers
- Steridose – small to mid-scale liquid batch mixing.
The Analysis Area contains a comprehensive array of equipment that will enable complete solids and liquids particle size characterization including:
- Particle Size distributions through Laser Diffraction
- Particle Shapes via 1000x binocular microscope
- Powder Flowing evaluations (Rheometer) and Bulk & Tapped Densities
- Compacted ribbon densities from a Volume & Density Analyzer
All test results are professionally presented in a customized report with recommendations on the equipment & set up parameters, which can be transferred to the manufacturing environment, back at site. If you can’t make it to a test, then video conferencing and streaming enables customers to be there virtually.
The new technology centre is also home to a training academy which will offer practical and theoretical sessions on the latest technology, trends, and applications.
“The launch consolidates our commitment to provide customers with world-leading solutions and industry-changing technologies. This will enable us to work more collaboratively with customers, partners and researchers to solve the challenges of today and prepare for the opportunities of tomorrow,” said Brad Besse, IDEX VP MPT Processing Technologies.
The centre is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm and the team are ready to welcome you to conduct your own testing.
To learn more or schedule a visit, contact us at:
Fitzpatrick – Dry Granulation and Hammer Milling
Quadro Engineering – Milling and Particle Size Reduction
Quadro Liquids – High Shear Mixing, Powder Dispersion and Homogenization
Steridose – Biopharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Mixing Equipment