TOC Sensor Monitors Water For The Pharma Industry

Oct. 5, 2010
CheckPoint Pharma was designed by GE Power & Water's analytical instruments unit for the pharmaceutical industry.

New technology from GE Analytical Instruments is designed to make it easier for the pharmaceutical industry to monitor and analyze water samples. The enhanced GE CheckPoint Pharma On-Line/Portable Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Sensor is typically mounted and used online for continuous monitoring. Measuring the levels of TOC in the water is an important step for pharmaceutical companies to control processes that are critical to their operations and to comply with regulations.

The CheckPoint Pharma was designed by GE Power & Water's analytical instruments unit for the pharmaceutical industry and has a standard operating procedure that meets minimum United States Pharmacopeia, European Pharmacopeia, China Pharmacopeia and Indian Pharmacopeia specifications. It also can be hand-carried to any point in a water system for rapid diagnostic sampling and troubleshooting. 

The CheckPoint Pharma can measure TOC in hot (up to 90 degrees Celsius) or ozonated water and will operate at ambient temperatures up to 55 degrees Celsius. CheckPoint has a dynamic range of 0.21 to 1,000 ppb and provides three analog outputs for simultaneous TOC, raw conductivity and temperature measurements to support regulatory requirements. The new USB printer support provides a way to meet 21CFR Part 11 compliance. All backup sensor data is stored in memory and users can define a date range for faster data downloads. Standard operating procedures are provided for installation qualification, operation qualification and performance qualification to simplify sensor validation.

GE Power & Water's analytical instruments unit also designed the CheckPointe for microelectronics and power applications. CheckPointe provides a wider 0.05-to-1,000 ppb operating range for more sensitive environments where hot and ozonated samples are not common. Both sensors allow users to adjust data output intervals from 15 seconds up to eight hours. The sensors use GE's direct conductometric  TOC technology that measures organic compounds.