Valves fit for LIFE

Published: 1-Jun-2012

Multi-port Robolux valves enable compact and complex valve interfaces to be achieved in the most restricted installation space, and have practically no dead flow zone, which makes both cleaning and sterilisation much easier and faster, and also enables quicker changeover for the manufacture of different product types. The valves have been used in a major installation at B. Braun Melsungen\'s LIFE Nutrition plant

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Multiport valve interfaces have to meet tough requirements for use in the life science environment. Burkert showed it was equal to the challenge with an easy to sterilise and clean, space-saving interface for a new facility.

Burkert has been awarded the contract to deliver its patented, space-saving Robolux range of multi-port process valves, and all process fittings at the new €164m life sciences plant currently being operated by B. Braun Melsungen, one of the leading companies in the international pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

B. Braun’s LIFE Nutrition plant, situated at the company headquarters in the North German city of Melsungen, is one of the most modern production sites for innovative nutrition solutions. Products for clinical nutrition, such as amino acid solutions, carbohydrate solutions and fat emulsions are manufactured and packaged on two production lines at the new facility, with its integrated laboratory. After more than five years of planning and construction, and an extensive test phase, the plant is scheduled to commence full-time production during 2012.

The special challenges in the planning of LIFE Nutrition included the requirement that the new plant be housed in a building that is spatially identical to B. Braun’s existing LIFE plant. Despite this spatial constraint, the new production facilities needed to be not only significantly more efficient and flexible, but also space-saving. During the search for innovative, space-saving solutions for the complex valve interfaces required for production at the LIFE Nutrition plant, B. Braun’s consulting engineer, Chemgineering, contacted a number of suppliers, including fluid technology specialist Burkert.

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