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INTRODUCING YOUR NEW SMART LAB ASSISTANT

Vacuum tray drying technology developed with efficiency, ergonomics and safety in mind.

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INTRODUCING YOUR NEW SMART LAB ASSISTANT

Vacuum tray drying technology developed with efficiency, ergonomics and safety in mind.

overview
features
services
get in touch

AT A GLANCE

The GFD®Lab is a benchtop Agitated Nutsche Filter-Dryer (ANFD) that efficiently performs laboratory solid-liquid separation processes. It is a miniature version of a production filter-dryer, allowing effective filtration and drying with the same reliability and benefits as full size PSL filter-dryers.

It was developed to overcome well-known production challenges faced by manufacturers when using traditional production methods such as Büchner filtration and oven tray-drying. It is the ideal technology to successfully complete scale-up and scale-down activities and obtain predictive performance results.

The GFD®Lab consists of an agitated vessel designed to work under vacuum and under pressure. Its vessel can be made of either glass, stainless steel or Alloy-22, and has a heated jacket for efficient drying. Solid-liquid separation is performed within its unique filtration basket, which can be removed to ease and maximise product collection.

AT A GLANCE

The GFD®Lab is a benchtop Agitated Nutsche Filter-Dryer (ANFD) that efficiently performs laboratory solid-liquid separation processes. It is a miniature version of a production filter-dryer, allowing effective filtration and drying with the same reliability and benefits as full size PSL filter-dryers.

It was developed to overcome well-known production challenges faced by manufacturers when using traditional production methods such as Büchner filtration and oven tray-drying. It is the ideal technology to successfully complete scale-up and scale-down activities and obtain predictive performance results.

The GFD®Lab consists of an agitated vessel designed to work under vacuum and under pressure. Its vessel can be made of either glass, stainless steel or Alloy-22, and has a heated jacket for efficient drying. Solid-liquid separation is performed within its unique filtration basket, which can be removed to ease and maximise product collection.

INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS

INDUSTRIES PRODUCTION SCALE PROCESSES PRODUCT FORM INGREDIENTS
Pharmaceuticals R&D activities Filtration Suspension API drugs
Chemicals Feasibility trials Separation Slurry Intermediates
Food Process prototypes De-watering Wet cake Raw materials
Material sciences Process optimisation Re-slurry Powder Excipients
Academia GLP batch/pre-clinical Mixing Semi-solids Reagents
Synthesis/Formulation Pilot development Sampling Catalysts
Special processes Scale-up/Scale-down Drying

INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS

INDUSTRIES PRODUCTION SCALE PROCESSES PRODUCT FORM INGREDIENTS
Pharmaceuticals R&D activities Filtration Suspension API drugs
Chemicals Feasibility trials Separation Slurry Intermediates
Food Process prototypes De-watering Wet cake Raw materials
Material sciences Process optimisation Re-slurry Powder Excipients
Academia GLP batch/pre-clinical Mixing Semi-solids Reagents
Synthesis/Formulation Pilot development Sampling Catalysts
Special processes Scale-up/Scale-down Drying

SHELF & TRAY CONFIGURATIONS


010 Series

050 Series

500 Series
Minimum Filter Cake Volume 0.03L 0.18L 0.93L
Maximum Filter Cake Volume 0.10L 0.50L 5.00L
Vessel Volume 0.3L 2.0L 10.0L
Filtration Area 0.002m2 0.010m2 0.050m2
Frame Dimensions (H x W x D) 980 x 530 x 330 mm 980 x 530 x 330 mm 1680 x 780 x 650 mm

SHELF & TRAY CONFIGURATIONS


010 Series

050 Series

500 Series
Minimum Filter Cake Volume 0.03L 0.18L 0.93L
Maximum Filter Cake Volume 0.10L 0.50L 5.00L
Vessel Volume 0.3L 2.0L 10.0L
Filtration Area 0.002m2 0.010m2 0.050m2
Frame Dimensions (H x W x D) 980 x 530 x 330 mm 980 x 530 x 330 mm 1680 x 780 x 650 mm

UPGRADE OPTIONS

STANDARD GFD FEATURES
GFDLab

GFDLab PLUS
Combined Filtration & Drying

Removable Filter Basket

316L or Alloy 22  Vessel

Agitator Raise & Lower (R&L) Manual R&L only Automated R&L available
Digital Display & Touchscreen

Real-time Value & Graph Display

Process Data Recording & Export

Process Sequence Design

Process Recipe Optimisation

UPGRADE OPTIONS

STANDARD GFD FEATURES
GFDLab

GFDLab PLUS
Combined Filtration & Drying

Removable Filter Basket

316L or Alloy 22  Vessel

Agitator Raise & Lower (R&L) Manual R&L only Automated R&L available
Digital Display & Touchscreen

Real-time Value & Graph Display

Process Data Recording & Export

Process Sequence Design

Process Recipe Optimisation

FEATURES & BENEFITS

The GFD®Lab is an All-in-One piece of equipment designed to comply with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for regulated research and development activities. It allows process developers and manufacturers to complete a wide range of processes into one single system:
  • Slurry filtration (solid-liquid separation)
  • Product washing (removing impurities or collecting filtrate)
  • Re-slurry
  • Vacuum drying
  • Product sampling
  • Product discharge

At PSL, we understand that your product is extremely valuable and that you must maximize your product yield in order to remain competitive in your specific market. The core features of our GFD®Lab were designed keeping this crucial requirement in mind.

Upon process completion, your product batch can easily be collected by simply removing the filtration basket from the GFD®Lab vessel. Additionally, the unique GFD basket was designed to allow quick and easy changeover of filtration meshes with various pore-sizes and materials (Polypropylene, PTFE, 316LSS, Alloy 22, etc.), hence facilitating multi-product applications.

The GFD®Lab is an innovative, easy-to-use, expandable benchtop system. Its modular design enables end-users to interchange vessels sizes from the 010 and 050 series while keeping the very same Base Frame. To further enhance production flexibility, the Base Frame of each GFD®Lab model is also compatible with all available vessel materials (i.e. borosilicate glass, 316LSS, Alloy 22).
Thanks to the unique GFD®Lab modular design, it is possible to upgrade your 010 and 050 series into a GFD®Lab PLUS by simply retrofitting a new Base Frame to your existing vessel. By opting for this upgrade, you will access additional features allowing you to speed-up development activities by automating the controls of your GFD®Lab, and more:
  • Digital display (4″ colour HMI touchscreen)
  • Enhanced user-interface allowing quick navigation
  • Real-time process graph display
  • Design process sequences
  • Optimise and save process recipes (up to 99)
  • Record and export process data

By upgrading your 010 and 050 series to a GFD®Lab PLUS, you will be able to build bespoke process sequences and optimise process recipes to suit your own process application. Production can start at a touch of a button and pre-designed recipes can be initiated with your preferred process parameters (e.g. pressure/vacuum, agitator speed/torque, temperature, duration), thus maximising batch-after-batch reproduction while minimising human error.

At PSL, we understand that selecting the right process technology at R&D stage is crucial to ensure your ultimate scale-up success. Our GFD®Lab product range was designed to streamline your scale-up development, from early R&D activities to GLP batches and pilot plant production. It the perfect tool to complete scale-up and scale-down studies as it will help you maintain – at every scale – your key process objectives (e.g. product quality, product yield, batch consistency, etc.) and key production parameters (e.g. filtration time, washing time, drying time, etc.).

Being one of the early pioneers of containment technology, PSL has developed the unique FilterBox isolator range which can successfully accommodate every single GFD®Lab vessel size (010, 050 and 500 series).

By opting for a GFD®Lab FilterBox, you can rest assured that your workforce can be safe-guarded from the most toxic/hazardous compounds and that your product is protected from harmful production environments.

CONTAINMENT INTEGRATION

CakeStand™ SERVICES

The Centre of Process Excellence is the process development arm of PSL. It was created in 2015 to offer the industry a collaborative space in which manufacturers and process developers can explore new ideas and learn about innovative production techniques.

EXPLORE COPE

PSL Serve is our dedicated customer care, on-site service and spares team. They are technical specialists, here to aid the smooth installation of new equipment, along with the servicing and repairs of existing PSL equipment and any spare parts required.

EXPLORE PSL SERVE

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