Each year the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) evaluates pharmaceutical manufacturing companies all over the world. Only a few companies will receive the prestigious Facility of the Year Award from ISPE in one of several categories. Those awarded are elite industry leaders, utilizing innovative approaches to manufacturing through the advancement of technologies and operational practices. One of this year’s winner, Biogen Idec (also a winner in 2010) was awarded Facility of the Year – Facility Integration. In 2011, MedImmune was the overall Facility of the Year winner. Other previous winners of this award include Roche, Bistol-Myers Squibb, and Genentech. Although each of these companies are unique in their product lines and propriety methods of manufacturing; what do all these top pharmaceutical manufacturing companies’ facilities have in common? They trust UFP Technologies’ T-Tubes® to solve some of their most challenging pipe insulation needs.
So, why are the top pharmaceutical manufacturers choosing T-Tubes over traditional fiberglass or open-cell foam insulation?
The advantages to using T-Tubes are easy to see. Compact. Low Maintenance. Durable. And simple to install. Companies that strive to be leaders and innovators in the industry recognize T-Tubes as the future standard of clean room insulation.
T-Tubes are an advanced tube and pipe insulation system specifically developed for process lines and equipment in cleanroom environments. With a temperature range of -112oF to 320oF (-80°C to 160°C) and a thickness of only ¼” (6.35 mm), T-Tubes offers superior performance while saving valuable space. Where traditional fibrous or open cell insulation is bulky and struggles to fit into tight spaces, T-tubes installs quickly and easily with custom molded fittings and an overlapping self-adhering tape, no jacketing required. This can reduce insulation labor time by 50 percent!
The clamshell design and fine cell structure of T-Tubes will not create particulate, enabling installers to modify and install T-Tubes on-site in clean rooms without bags, tents, or hoods. Maintenance and repair of T-Tubes is simple and does not require a professional installer or any shut down time of clean room operations.
T-Tubes will also dramatically lower lifecycle costs because of its durability. Traditional insulation, such as fiberglass and open-cell foams, can mold and fall apart when exposed to certain chemicals or moisture and will have to be replaced more often as it loses effectiveness. T-Tubes possess excellent moisture, chemical and UV resistance along with low smoke, flame and toxicity properties.
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