Sterile connectors

Sunday, 15 February, 2004 | Supplied by: Victoria Fittings & Valves Pty Ltd



Colder Products Company (CPC) has announced the Steam-Thru Connection (STC) that streamlines steam-in-place processes and can be used in numerous biopharmaceutical applications. The STC serves a dual function of valve and connection, eliminating the traditional steam sterilisation processes. It also speeds the connection process, and reduces the contamination risks associated with multi-connection steam-in-place applications.

STC enables users to sterilise the flow path and initiate connections between a bioreactor and media bag without adding plumbing connections or additional steps to the process. The STC uses a steam trap to rid the connection of steam during the sterilisation process.

As a disposable device, the STC eliminates cleaning and process validation issues associated with re-usable connections. These labour-intensive cleaning and validation processes introduce opportunities for both contamination and non-compliance with FDA regulations. Traditional connection processes also require the use of capital equipment, such as a laminar flow hood, which increase the cost, time and space needed to make connections.

The STC works with existing systems without retrofit, enabling a seamless transition to this efficient steam-in-place process. The device features industry standard terminations of 3/4" Mini and 1½" Tri-clamp, and its 3/8" and ½" hose barbs connect to popular tubing sizes.

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