Following nearly two years of planning, preparation, construction and validation, team members at NewAge Industries/AdvantaPure are now using new clean rooms to produce platinum-cured silicone tubing, molded components and Single-Use molded tubing assemblies. The products are manufactured for the biopharm, pharmaceutical and other clean application industries.
“This was a big undertaking,” said Ken Baker, CEO. “We needed additional clean rooms to manufacture more high-purity tubing and components to meet our customers’ needs, but we didn’t want to add a random room next to our other clean rooms. This new area was designed and built from the ground up, with a vetted, product flow-through design for raw materials, extrusion, molding, quality inspection and packaging.”
The ISO Class 7 and 8 clean rooms were built in existing space at the company’s headquarters in Southampton, Pa., just north of Philadelphia. The manufacturing suites and inspection areas total 23,000 sq-ft, with another 20,000 sq-ft renovated for additional warehouse space.
NewAge invested $10 million in the project. Engineering, design and construction was performed by AES Clean Technology Inc. of Montgomeryville, Pa.
“Our intent was to move and validate our manufacturing equipment in phases to avoid any production stoppages or product shortages. We accomplished that, but we also decided to add more extrusion equipment and mold presses. This equipment expansion will help us meet our customers’ current and future product demands,” said Baker.
NewAge/AdvantaPure’s key customers who have inspected the new clean rooms have approved them for production of their orders involving AdvantaSil platinum-cured silicone tubing and reinforced hose, Single-Use molded tubing assemblies, and BioClosure container closure systems.
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