Secure, safe and efficient pharmaceutical water systems

Published: 18-Jul-2018

Alfa Laval, a global provider of specialised engineering solutions for heat transfer, separation and fluid handling applications, launches the revamped DV-ST valve for pharmaceutical water systems

Water is an essential ingredient to pharmaceutical manufacturing. Once purified, non-compendial water, purified water or water for injection (WFI) must be stored and distributed in systems appropriate for use. This often requires thought in the design, installation, commissioning and validation of the system, to maintain the quality of the water in the distribution loop to the point of use.

This challenge often means that pharmaceutical manufacturers look for sustainable, energy-efficient solutions to deal with rouging, biofilm build up or other impurities in the water distribution system.

Pharmaceutical water systems serve the purpose of maintaining water quality within acceptable limits. The water is delivered to the point-of-use at the required flow and temperature whilst providing ease of validation of all equipment, spare parts and service kits. This ensures that the capital investment and operating expenses are minimised.

It’s easy to comply with all the pharmaceutical requirements for safety, hygiene, economy, energy-efficiency and reduced wastage by enlisting Alfa Laval as a single supplier of pharmaceutical water systems. The company boasts un-paralleled pharmaceutical process expertise, broad and proven hygienic equipment and global service network for customers to take advantage of.

using our high grade single layer EPDM diaphragm minimises hidden cross contaminations or biofilm build up.”

Paw Kramer, Portfolio Manager for Valves and Automation at Alfa Laval.

Further benefits of using the Alfa Laval DV-ST UltraPure in water systems include:

  • Ensuring safe, long-term operation of pharmaceutical water systems.
  • Minimising the risk of rouging due to high-quality welding.
  • Saving energy, easing installation and making steam sterilisation more efficient.
  • Minimising the risk of contamination from all standard valves due to a leak detection hole.
  • Reducing energy use for heating and putting less stress on the piping due to reduced weight.

The DV-ST UltraPure is compact, lightweight and modular in design, enabling a wide range of purpose-built configurations. It consistently delivers documented, reliable and contaminant-free performance due to specified sulphur content that contributes to superior weld quality and high-quality valve bodies with low delta-ferrite.

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