Astech Projects has added the automated Waste Firer System to its range of Xelair Series analyst workstations for inhaler testing. The new Xelair 1 Waste Firer automates the device preparation, actuation and waste dose collection, including sonic flow confirmation, in the QA of inhaler production and product development.
Manual, labor-intensive and time-consuming waste firing is a requirement for many inhaler tests and exposes operators to risks of repetitive strain injury (RSI), work-related upper limb disorder and also possible inhalation of the active pharmaceutical ingredient. By automating this process, the Xelair 1 Waste Firer leads to a significant reduction in these Health and Safety issues, as well as increasing productivity and reducing result variability.
The Xelair 1 Waste Firer can automate device cap removal, actuation and waste dose collection, and is compatible with most device types including dry powder inhalers (DPI), metered dose inhalers (MDI) and breath-actuated inhalers (BAI), with an optional shaking system for MDIs. Operating at a high throughput of up to 360 collections per hour dependent on the device, the standard unit holds ten inhaler devices, but can be tailored to suit individual customer requirements. The waste dose collector, which incorporates filtration and safe collection sump has a very high capacity, so only infrequent disposal is required.
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