Leak Detection Associates Announces New SIMS 1915+ Low Temperature -80C Helium Leak Testing System

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (PRWEB) December 12, 2019

Leak Detection Associates (LDA), the world’s premier manufacturer of custom built, helium-based leak testing instruments for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Food Packaging Industries is excited to announce its second major product launch of 2019. The new LDA LT80 (LOW TEMPERATURE -80C) helium leak testing system is designed for testing containers at temperatures as low as -80°C. Incorporating an SP Corporation Chiller, LDA’s LT80 system allows for concurrent temperature conditioning, temperature monitoring, and helium leak testing of packages. The LT80 is available as an upgrade to existing LDA SIMS units in the field, or as a complete package, the LDA SIMS 1915+ LT80, incorporating the recently released features of the industry-leading, Agilent Technologies-based SIMS 1915+ with 21 CFR Part 11 compliant SIMS Software. The LDA SIMS 1915+ LT80 package represents the first time a ready to order, off the shelf, Part 11 compliant helium leak testing system specifically configured for low temperature testing down to -80°C has been available in the marketplace.

“Many innovative biopharmaceutical products coming to market today feature proteins that typically degrade at room temperature. Companies continue to drive toward deeper cold storage to support these products, and are in need of developing container and package systems that can maintain container closure integrity at these challenging conditions and throughout the product lifecycle, as set forth by USP 1207,” commented Jeff Morrow Lucas Director of Engineering for Leak Detection Associates. “Based on expressed needs of the marketplace, the SIMS 1915+ LT80 unit is designed for this specific application – testing packages while at cold conditions down to -80C – and provides an easy to implement solution to this evolving need for analysis.”

The key objective of any CCI program is to ensure that the container closure system maintains integrity throughout its lifecycle by preventing ingress of elements detrimental to a product’s efficacy and sterility, such as microbes or reactive gases, or egress of product or package headspace. The freeze/thaw cycle that is common with biologically-based products frequently require extremely low storage and shipment temperatures. When exposed to deep-cold or ultra-cold temperatures, physical changes to elastomeric components in particular can occur as materials reach or exceed their glass transition state, creating leaks at low temperatures that would otherwise not be observed while at room temperature. This type of leakage is typically observed at primary seal areas, such as that between an elastomeric closure and glass vial being used below -60C. This is of particular relevance for those shipping on dry ice, which reaches temperatures down to approximately -78C. Having a means to test container closure integrity while at these low temperatures enables manufacturers to gain insight into optimal package choice and design, as well as assembly parameters, to minimize leakage and demonstrate robust understanding of a package system’s performance in accordance with USP 1207.

The new SIMS Model 1915+ LT80 model is available for immediate order and will be customized to client’s specific testing needs. Each SIMS 1915+ LT80 can be complimented with Leak Detection Associates’ robust service and contract offerings, custom test fixtures, and change parts to provide end-to-end leak testing solutions.

About Leak Detection Associates, LLC

For over 20 years, Leak Detection Associates has been the premier manufacturer of custom helium leak detection instruments for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and food packaging industries. LDA's well-established technology has been incorporated into ASTM and compendia guidance documents. This robust industry experience, combined with the advanced capabilities of its newest model the SIMS 1915+ helium leak detection unit, provides companies with tools to quantitatively evaluate leakage, improve the package development cycle, establish manufacturing controls, and ultimately reduce risk to the product and consumer throughout the lifecycle.

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Fiberstar, Inc. Wins Plant-based Innovation Award at Food Ingredients Europe

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (PRWEB) December 11, 2019

Fiberstar, Inc., a global market leader in clean label food ingredient solutions for the food and beverage industry won the 2019 Food Ingredient Europe’s plant-based innovation award.

This prestigious award recognizes companies who commercialize new solutions to improve the rapidly growing plant-based foods category. Fiberstar who was one of three finalists achieved this award by introducing new plant-based solutions for meat alternatives using their flagship Citri-Fi natural citrus fiber. Dr. Brock Lundberg presented on citrus fiber’s high water holding and oil binding capabilities. As a result, these functionalities are key to create juicy meat analog products. In addition, the company unveiled a new texturized citrus fiber. Ultimately, this new fiber improves meat-like texture which consumers expect.

“Fiberstar continues to be on the forefront when creating new technologies for meat alternative foods.” says John Haen, President and CEO. “We work closely with our customers to share solutions that fit their needs.”

Currently, manufacturers are investigating ways to replace methyl cellulose to clean up their food labels. Because these vegan meat patties use various ingredients that easily soften, they tend to have a mushy texture. Meanwhile, adding insoluble fibers can easily generate grainy texture. However, Citri-Fi holds high amounts of water and oil. On the other hand, to eliminate the mushy texture, the new texturized citrus fiber can be used to improve the springy bite. As a result, this natural ingredient can help replace methyl cellulose when used in combination with other natural ingredients.

“This fast-paced category needs innovative companies like Fiberstar to introduce new ingredient technologies into the marketplace,” say Mr. Haen. “Our developments in meat alternatives complements our successes in plant-based milk and other non-dairy foods.”

As a final point, Citri-Fi is non-allergenic and allergen-free. This natural fiber is Non-GMO Project certified. Moreover, this ingredient has no E-number which is key in the European markets. Lastly, Citri-Fi labeling options include citrus fiber, dried citrus pulp or citrus flour. This labeling resonates well in the clean label food markets.

About Fiberstar, Inc.:

Fiberstar, Inc. http://www.FiberstarIngredients.com is a privately held innovative biotechnology Company focused on enhancing food performance by manufacturing and marketing value-added, plant based food ingredients. Its largest brand, Citri-Fi, is a natural, highly functional citrus fiber sustainably produced. The physical patented process creates the high water holding and clean label emulsification properties. Citri-Fi is GRAS, non-allergenic, non-GMO and has no E-number. This natural fiber line benefits meat, dairy, bakery, dressings, sauces, frozen food, beverages, plant based foods and pet food through textural improvements, nutritional enhancements and/or cost savings. Headquartered in River Falls, Wisconsin with manufacturing in Florida and Wisconsin, Fiberstar sells products globally in over 65 countries.

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Kaycha Labs Announces Strategic Investment in Cutting Edge Cannabis Testing Technology from Anton Paar

DAVIE, Fla. (PRWEB) December 10, 2019

Kaycha Labs, the largest network of cannabis testing labs in the United States, has announced a strategic investment in cutting edge sample testing machinery from Anton Paar, the world’s premier manufacturer of analytical instruments. The new machines will enable Kaycha to move to a fully automated testing process; create a Gold Standard in cannabis and hemp testing; and meet the company’s ambitious throughput roadmap.

Kaycha Labs has identified three Anton Paar microwave digestion systems – Multiwave GO, the Multiwave PRO and Multiwave 7000 – which will result in improved speed of analysis; increased capacity, safety and reliability; higher precision; and reduced environmental impact.

Chris Martinez, President of Kaycha Labs says, “As the largest network of cannabis testing labs in the US, we are committed to improving existing standards in our industry as well as establishing new ones. With this new technology, our laboratories will be able to conduct more analyses per day at faster speeds and ultimately help us implement our modern automation program.”

Faster analyses are highly valued by lab customers who use the data to solve their canna-problems or make decisions more quickly. In addition, faster analyses add value for the laboratory itself by extending the capacity of the instrument to allow more tests to be performed on it each day.

Martinez adds, “This is more than just an investment in Anton Paar’s machines. We plan to continue to develop new methods for cannabis testing which will take Anton Paar’s science even further. Our goal is to be the foremost, fastest and most precise cannabis testing laboratories in the world.”

Neil Boesl, Vice President at Anton Paar, who manages the company’s Southern Region office in Houston, says, “Anton Paar values innovation and precise measurement above all else, so it is exciting to work with like-minded partners like Kaycha Labs. We share a common vision that will require aggressive strides being made in throughput and automation. We look forward to working with Kaycha to help create a new standard in cannabis testing.”

For more information on Kaycha Labs, contact Craig Hammon at craig@kaychalabs.com or 954.368.7661. For more information on Anton Paar USA, contact Jeff Linka at jeff.linka@anton-paar.com or 804.550.1051.

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