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Characterize raw materials the easy way

9 February 2012 No Comment

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The importance of quality ingredients was made very apparent to me recently when I added some milk I had accidentally left out of the fridge to my morning cup of tea. The sour, metallic taste that resulted returns to my mouth just at the memory.

Appropriate analysis required!

Particle size analysis of raw materials is often a necessary but routine task where speed and efficiency are critical to decision-making and the smooth operation of a manufacturing process. Additionally, regulatory agencies place a high significance on the characterization and validation of raw materials used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals.

While highly necessary, appropriate assessment and analysis of incoming ingredients should neither hold up, nor add too great an expense to, the production of quality, final product.

Test your ingredients

Raw materials can be a major source of inconsistency in both development and manufacture. For this reason it makes economic sense for companies involved in the production of regulated products to develop protocols for comprehensive characterization to ensure both safety and reliability of all incoming ingredients. By doing so, manufacturers will be able to mitigate the risk of raw material contamination or inconsistencies that could affect feed change and other upstream operations.

But, there’s no reason to make this more difficult than you need to. In a recent press release, we outline the potential savings to be made by investing in Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction technology to deliver particle sizing for efficient raw materials testing and commodity handling control. The Mastersizer 3000 delivers raw materials testing the easy way.

The press release can be read here: ‘Productivity gains using Mastersizer 3000 add value in raw material testing

Why risk it?

Why risk operational downtime, spoiled stock and a potential blight on your reputation? They will after all, only leave a hole in your pocket and a sour taste in your mouth!

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