Life Sciences

Know Your Pneumatics: Single or Double Acting? Choosing the Right Cylinder

The most popular style of pneumatic actuator consists of a piston and rod moving inside a closed cylinder, designed to move in a straight line to deliver linear motion. This style of linear actuator...
On September 26, 2017

How to Specify Precision Linear Mechanics for a Cleanroom Environment

A cleanroom is an environment maintained to ensure minimal levels of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. It is critical for...
On September 20, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Hints & Tips For Specifying Linear Actuators

Introduction to Linear Actuators Pneumatic linear actuators are designed to move in a straight line and are one of the simplest, most cost effective and straightforward ways to accomplish linear...
On August 29, 2017

Protecting Your Process From Mycoplasma Contamination

Plant shutdown, a shortage of key products, patients unable to access important drugs, profits hit … the consequences of a biological contamination can be devastating for a...

The Hydraulic Hose Mystery - How is it Made?

Hose manufacturers each use a diverse range of materials that can result in a variety of hose styles. They design their hose and coupling components to fit their own tolerances. Hoses from...
On August 10, 2017

Fluidic Components Take the Pain Out of Designing Capnography Monitors

To meet the needs of today's ever-changing hospital environments, medical equipment manufacturers are under pressure to design smaller, lighter and more portable devices without...
On August 9, 2017

New Sealing Material HiFluor FB for Hygienically Sensitive Applications

Be it in the production of food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics or medical devices coming into contact with the human body, excellent purity and media resistance combined with a wide range of...
On July 27, 2017

Mixing Materials in Corrosive Environments

Selecting materials for a given application is one of the main design steps towards a safe and cost efficient system, yet a commonly overlooked stage, mainly performed from a purely...
On May 31, 2017

Improved EMI Shielding Consistency of Single Pellet Conductive Plastics

For designers of electronics enclosures, conductive plastics offer the benefit of lighter weight coupled with cost effective injection molding. But for years, using traditional blended plastic...
On February 8, 2017

Modular Seal Kit for Pneumatic Cylinders Covers All Kinds of Applications

Parker Prädifa offers a large number of combined pneumatic seals and wipers for the open groove of the EU system. By installing the right type of seal, a wide range of applications can be covered with...
On February 8, 2017

Advanced Liquid Valves Expand Microfluidic Possibilities

Liquid valves are a critical component in the next generation of analytical equipment used for clinical diagnostics, analytical chemistry, environmental monitoring, agent detection, and other life...
On February 7, 2017

Overmolding Technology Enhances Safety of Single-Use Systems

Single-use systems (SUS) for up- and downstream processing in the pharmaceutical industry have become widely accepted in recent years due to their advantages in many operations, such as...
On January 31, 2017

Cost and Waste Saving Benefits of Resealable Septa for Medical Applications

In the medical industry, oftentimes it is necessary to test a single blood sample a number of times. Other times, a patient may need to be injected with multiple doses of a medicine or...
On December 28, 2016

EMI Shielding Caulk Delivers Superior Performance in Military Radar Systems

Shielding for electromagnetic interference (EMI) is critical to military electronics systems operating in demanding environments requiring low emitted electronic signatures and protection from...
On December 6, 2016

Preventive Maintenance vs. Predictive Maintenance

The terms Preventive and Predictive maintenance are often interchanged, but drastically different. Knowing the difference can help save you time and money with your maintenance plan. Preventive is...
On September 27, 2016

What to Know About O-ring Cytotoxicity and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Most pharmaceutical manufacturers produce drugs in large vats of living cell cultures. For the production of these drugs, it is extremely important to ensure that these cell cultures are not exposed...
On September 14, 2016

Fluid Handling Systems Help Reduce Costs of Diagnostics | Case Study

Bioreactors are playing a growing and ever more important role in the biopharmaceutical arena and life sciences. Their role within the research of pharmaceuticals and antibodies is contributing to new...
On July 12, 2016

How to Scale-up Pharmaceutical Filtration Systems | Case Study

For biomanufacturers, using a structured, analytical approach to process scale-up will breed confidence and ensure quality.    By adopting robust experimental design, results gleaned during initial...

Life Science Instrument Makers Survey | Takeaways

We surveyed more than 300 engineers and business managers in the life sciences instrument industry and followed up the survey with individual interviews. The key takeaways from that...
On June 22, 2016

Challenges Facing Life Sciences Instrument Makers and Users | Survey Results

Cost, quality, regulatory challenges, safety and usability were the major near-term challenges identified in a recent survey of more than 300 engineers and business managers who work for life...
On June 8, 2016