GORE® STA-PURE® Pump Tubing, Series PFL

Avert tubing failure due to aggressive chemicals with this composite tubing structure that withstands clean-in-place (CIP) / steam-in-place (SIP) and enables consistent flow throughout processing.

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STA-PURE Pump Tubing Series PFL Data Sheet

Peristaltic Pump Tubing

Series PFL enables reliable peristaltic pump operation in critical pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processing applications that include aggressive chemicals.

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Overview

Challenging pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processes demand high performance solutions — including durable peristaltic pump tubing that reliably withstands aggressive chemicals and protects against catastrophic failure.

Silicone pump tubing has limited resistance to chemicals like organic solvents. But the patented composite of GORE STA-PURE Pump Tubing, Series PFL is engineered to resist aggressive chemicals including organic solvents. Series PFL tubing also delivers consistent flow rates at pressures up to 60 psig and is designed to work seamlessly in your existing processes. Series PFL is:

 

Chemically Inert
  • Broader chemical compatibility than silicone or thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) tubing
  • Performs reliably with common organic solvents
  • Minimizes incidence of premature rupture
High Resilience
  • Maintains process stability
  • Delivers consistent flow rate
Available in Standard Sizes
Compatible with CIP/SIP and Autoclave Sterilization
  • Provides a flexible solution for industry-standard cleaning/sterilization procedures

 

Product Information

Closeup of tubing structure shows composite of silicone and ePTFE.

Unlike silicone tubing, Series PFL is manufactured with a patented composite of platinum-cured perfluoroelastomer and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) for increased reliability with aggressive chemicals in peristaltic pumps.

Materials and Construction

A patented composite of platinum-cured perfluororelastomer and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE)

Fluid Contact Surface

Platinum-cured perfluoroelastomer

Performance Testing

Series PFL was tested for consistent flow and durability in peristaltic pumps over a wide range of discharge pressures and working fluids. Series PFL maintains consistent flow up to 60 psig following steam sterilization conditions. Failure of the tube was defined as: rupture; leakage; sustained reduction in flow of 25% or more; inability to sustain desired operating pressure.

Discharge Pressure (psig) Working Fluids Tube Life (hours) Loss of Initial Flow Rate (%)
10 DI water 95b 2
10 Acetic acid, acetone, ethanol Equivalent to DI waterc 2
60 DI water 76d 15

a Continuous pumping of room temperature working fluids in Watson-Marlow 500 and 600 Series peristaltic pumps. The 500 Series pumps were used for testing at 60 psig with pump head speed of 220 rpm (two rollers). The 600 Series pumps were used for testing at 10 psig with pump head speed of 165 rpm (two rollers).

b Tube size = 12.7 mm (ID) x 3.2 mm (WT); 6 samples were tested until failure. Tubing subjected to conditions similar to 5 CIP/SIP cycles (3 before and 2 during testing). Based on a 1-sided lower-limit prediction interval, there is a 95% probability that any tube will perform without failure for at least 95 h.

c Tube size = 12.7 mm (ID) x 3.2 mm (WT); 6 samples were tested until failure (2 samples with acetic acid, acetone, and ethanol separately). Tubing subjected to conditions similar to 5 CIP/SIP cycles (3 before and 2 during testing). With 95% confidence, overall performance of the samples was not significantly different from performance of samples that pumped DI water. For each organic solvent, the tubing’s average operating life was greater than or equal to the average operating life of the tubes that pumped DI water.

d Tube size = 6.4 mm (ID) x 2.4 mm (WT); 18 samples were tested until failure. Before testing, tubing was subjected to conditions similar to 1 CIP/SIP cycle. Based on a 1-sided lower limit prediction interval, there is a 95% probability that any tube will perform without failure for at least 76 h.

Sterilization

Series PFL has been validated to operate after steam-in-place/clean-in-place (SIP/CIP) and autoclave sterilization. Irradiation sterilization methods such as gamma or electron beam should never be used because they may damage or degrade the mechanical properties of the product.

Biological and Physicochemical Testing*
Biological Testing USP <87> Biological Reactivity Tests In Vitro
USP <88> Biological Reactivity Tests In Vivo, Class VI
Physicochemical Testing Physicochemical testing as set forth in the Test Method section of USP <661> Containers — Plastics

*Results are verified annually.

Manufacturing Environment and Quality

Quality is integrated into the manufacture and inspection of every Gore product. Series PFL is produced in an ISO 9001-certified facility, in an environment that follows clean concept principles. Each manufacturing lot is measured to ensure all dimensions confrm to specifications, and each Series PFL product is visually inspected for contamination or defects in materials and workmanship.

Storage/Shelf Life

The expiration date is four years from the date of manufacture. This date is based on an accelerated aging study to simulate storage of the product for four years at room temperature and applies to the product in its original packaging.

Dimensions & Availability

Series PFL products are available in 27 standard configurations, sized for easy retrofit with industry-standard equipment. To request a Validation Guide, or to connect with a trusted channel partner to discuss your specific needs, contact us.

Illustration of tube showing inner diameter, wall thickness, and tube length.
Example Z A 12 F
Attribute Inner diameter (ID) Wall thickness (WT) Length (L) Series PFL
Range 1.6 – 25.4 mm (0.063 – 1.0 in.) 0.8 – 4.8 mm (0.031 – 0.19 in.) 304.8 – 609.6 mm (12.0 – 24.0 in.)  
Example: ZA12F is a Series PFL tube with a nominal ID of 3.2 mm (0.13 in.), WT of 1.6 mm (0.063 in.), and L of 304.8mm (12 in.).
Standard configurations:

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Gore Part
Number
Inner Diameter
(mm)
Wall Thickness
(mm)
Length
(mm)
XZ14F 2.8 0.8 355.6
YA12F 1.6 1.6 304.8
YA14F 1.6 1.6 355.6
ZA12F 3.2 1.6 304.8
ZA14F 3.2 1.6 355.6
AA12F 4.8 1.6 304.8
AA14F 4.8 1.6 355.6
BA12F 6.4 1.6 304.8
BA14F 6.4 1.6 355.6
CA12F 8.0 1.6 304.8
CA14F 8.0 1.6 355.6
YB14F 1.6 2.4 355.6
ZB14F 3.2 2.4 355.6
AB14F 4.8 2.4 355.6
BB14F 6.4 2.4 355.6
CB14F 8.0 2.4 355.6
DB24F 9.5 2.4

609.6

BC24F 6.4 3.2 609.6
DC24F 9.5 3.2 609.6
EC24F 12.7 3.2 609.6
FC24F 15.9 3.2 609.6
LH15F 12.0 4.0 381.0
NH15F 17.0 4.0 381.0
ED24F 12.7 4.8 609.6
FD24F 15.9 4.8 609.6
GD24F 19.1 4.8 609.6
HD24F 25.4 4.8 609.6

 

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