Thermo Fisher Scientific (www.thermofisher.com) is demonstrating an online configuration tool for fluid transfer and bioprocess systems at the Interphex (www.interphex.com) trade show this week in Philadelphia. The tool is designed to help engineers specify the appropriate NALGENE and NUNC brand tubing products for a particular critical fluid handling application. According to Thermo, it was created to meet increasing customer demand for the deployment of single-use systems in upstream and downstream biopharmaceutical production applications.

The tool’s browser interface enables customers to select fluid handling products, assemble them in a virtual system, obtain immediate price quotes, and place orders. A two-dimensional CAD drawing is generated by the configurator to verify the design and assure its functionality.

The tool offers over 125 standard components to choose from. These include tubing, connectors, fittings, clamps, stoppers and vent filters. All components have been selected for use in bioproduction applications. Users create their own personal design library where they can manage and order their designs. The configurator uses a rules-based engine – or a “no fail” approach – to assure that designs can be manufactured and delivered in a timely manner.

The tool, called the Online Custom Tubing Set Configurator, can be viewed at www.nnibioproduction.com/configurator.