Holland Applied Technologies participates in the ASME BPE Standards Subcommittees. Many people involved in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries may be familiar with the ASME BPE (Bioprocessing Equipment) Standard. It is an industry Standard that contains 9 sections all aimed towards equipment and systems used in the Bioprocessing and Pharmaceutical industries. Troy Hobick from the Holland Applied Technologies Indianapolis office has been involved with the ASME BPE subcommittees for 7 years. He is Vice Chair of the Certification subcommittee and has been a part of the Design Subcommittee for 5 years. “We made a commitment at Holland to become involved and attend the meetings on a regular basis. It important for us to stay current with the BPE Standard and interact with the many industry experts at the meetings. Being one of the few pharmaceutical component distributors among the members, it allows us to stay current on industry trends such that we can inform and better help our customers” Hobick said.
The ASME BPE Standard contains the following sections :
1. General Requirements
2. Design for Sterility and Cleanability
3. Dimensions and Tolerances
4. Material Joining
5. Surface Finish
7. Polymer Based Materials
8. Metallic Materials of Construction
New topics in the ASME BPE-2009 include Hygienic Clamp and Cap dimensions, Bioreactors/Fermenters Design, Sterilizer/Autoclave Design, Elastomer performance and material property changes, Welding operator qualifications and Rouge and Stainless Steel just to name a few.
If you are interested in learning more about the ASME BPE Standard and/or where to find more information please give us a call. We can help direct you to the correct section, subcommittee or correct personnel at the ASME. Visit http://catalog.asme.org and order number A14309 for the ASME BPE-2009 copy or call 1.800.THE.ASME