When it comes to connecting tubing to tanks, single-use bags or manifolds, there are many different options each offering their own benefits. But as we covered in our previous blog, the start point, is to focus on the process itself, not the array of different solutions. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the best aseptic connection options and helping you to evaluate which is the best fit for your process.
The simplest form of connecting is using a Quick Connector such as the MPC or MPX from Colder CPC. Whilst this offers a quick, simple and reliable connection much more secure than a Luer style connector, the connection still needs to be made in an isolator to maintain sterility.
If you don’t have the benefit of a clean room or isolator, sterile connections can still be made using sterile connectors or weld machines.
There is a wide choice of connectors available in the market, with an array of different methods of connection. The biggest difference between these connectors is whether they are Genderless or Gendered.
Gendered connectors can be beneficial when two connections need to be made but it’s important that they are not cross connected, using a male on one tube and female on the other ensures the lines are connected correctly – helping to reduce human error. A gendered connector requires the end user to ensure that the opposing male and female options are specified on the two parts being connected, this can sometimes get confusing when products are being shipped from multiple sites. This confusion is avoided by using Genderless connectors.
Genderless Aseptic connectors are a desired option to reduce the number of stock items required.
Another real benefit of gendered or genderless connectors, is the ability to connect different sized tubing with a single size of coupling, something that cannot be achieved with a tube welder.