Product News: EMD Millipore Introduces New High-Performance Water Purification Systems with 24/7 Real-Time Monitoring and Remote Control

07 Aug 2015


  • New AFS® 40E / 80E / 120E and 150E systems fulfill pure water needs for one or several high-throughput clinical analyzers
  • Unique Elix® electrodeionization and innovative E.R.A™ technologies ensure constant water quality with low and predictable running costs
  • Remote connection capabilities allow an unprecedented level of service in order to maximize analyzer uptime

EMD Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced the introduction of its AFS® 40E / 80E / 120E and 150E water purification systems. These new systems have been developed to provide clinical laboratories with an economical and reliable water purification solution for daily water volumes of up to 3000 L.

The AFS® 40E / 80E / 120E and 150E systems rely on two powerful technologies to produce water quality meeting Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute® (CLSI®) Clinical Laboratory Reagent Water standards. State-of-the-art, proven Elix® electrodeionization (EDI) technology ensures constant water quality with low and predictable running costs, while unique E.R.A.™ (Evolutive Reject Adjustment) technology takes feed water quality into account in order to automatically optimize water recovery — and reduce water usage costs.

“Biomedical laboratory managers are under constant pressure to avoid clinical analyzer downtime,” notes John Sweeney, Head of Lab Solutions Business, EMD Millipore. “Water is the most frequently used fluidic reagent in clinical analyzers, and for labs handling thousands of samples a day, the choice of a water purification system is key to providing high-quality pure water and smooth operations,” he explains. “Our new AFS® 40E / 80E / 120E and 150E systems incorporate the latest technologies, for robust and reliable performance. Our goal is to help make the biomedical lab more productive — and these AFS® E systems do exactly that.”

The AFS® 40E / 80E / 120E and 150E systems also offer users powerful 24/7 real-time monitoring and remote control over their water purification systems, as well as a new generation of enhanced services. These advanced monitoring features, along with an unprecedented level of service, also help maximize water purification system and analyzer uptime.

The systems have been designed to provide quick and precise remote diagnostics and offer proactive service in order to avoid downtime. Service starts with feed water analysis by a certified EMD Millipore Field Service Engineer prior to system installation. Then, over time, users can ensure the best upkeep of their AFS® E water purification system with a customized Watercare Pact service plan.

With its large new touch screen, the system is designed for intuitive operation and for supporting the user with easy step-by-step instructions during routine maintenance. Interacting with the water purification system has never been easier. For increased flexibility, the system interface can also be accessed from another location, using a PC, tablet, or smart phone through a web browser.

Mobile and customizable, the new range of systems is designed to make the best use of lab space. The quiet, compact systems are mounted on wheels, and can be moved around the lab — or to another location — depending on current lab requirements.

AFS® E system users can choose from a number of options and accessories to match their specific requirements, including an online Total Organic Carbon (TOC) monitor, degassing option, and sanitary sampling valve, among others.