Transfer Panels Docking Station
Transfer panels were first introduced in the dairy and food processing industry to largely accommodate their required Clean-in-Place (CIP) operations. However they have become popular with the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology because of their singular ability to accommodate multi-flow transfers keeping the operator in completely safety conditions. A typical transfer panel is fabricated from a ¼” thick 304 / 316L grade stainless steel plate. Connections are welded to the panel front to mate with the port-to-port jumpers (or “U” bends). The ports are designed in a required process transfer sequence and located to precise tolerances.
• Provide a common point to transfer a process stream from one process equipment or unit operation to another process equipment or unit operation.
• Provide a physical disconnect when transferring various process streams. This greatly reduces the possibility of cross-contamination especially under CIP conditions.
• The use of stainless steel jumpers eliminates temporary connections such as flexible hoses which are difficult to maintain in a hygienic condition and can be a safety concern when steam sterilizing.
• Combination of jumpers and proximity switches on the panel provide permissive signals to the plant control system to confirm the correct set up of connections or “U” bends and assure the flow passages for critical operations such as C.I.P. and S.I.P..
Detail design panel / docking station
The development and design of an optimum transfer panel requires a through knowledge of the process requirements and exhaustive investigation into the intricacies of the piping systems.
There are different types of transfer panel or workstation: some are leg-supported and ground-fixed; others are a steel wall integrated in the pharmaceutical wall; others look like integrated “panel” in the modular panel.
The modular panel design features integrated pre-piping, valve groups and instrumentation wiring at the back.
Transfer Panel construction for sterile processing
A traditional transfer panel consists of only the panel plate, the front ports and the supporting legs if free-standing. The piping connections in the back are usually short butt weld open tube ends to be welded to the interconnecting piping in the field.
• Shop design and fabrication of the piping assemblies allow the owner and designer to develop compact piping and valve arrangement, save premium process piping space and orientate the piping, valve and instrument to suit for sloping and specific process or maintenance demands.
• Transfers all piping fabrication responsibilities to the panel supplier provides a single point of contact and allows the owner and design engineer to review and inspect the fabrication in process.
• Transfer panels with specific piping connection points greatly simplify the field preparation and welding efforts and minimize potential mechanical interference problems.
Wide selection to meet your distribution needs
• PW / WFI load for processing tanks
• Transfer from a processing tank to a stocking one
• CIP — SIP — drain
Pre-assembling for utilities
• Clean utilities such PW / WFI / clean steam
• Industrial steam
• Compressed air
• Electric energy