IQ/OQ Protocol
IQ/OQ Protocol
Installation
Qualification/
Operation Qualification
zZ
FreeZone® Triad Stoppering
Tray Dryer and Lyophilizer
Freeze Dry Systems
Labconco No: 1059502 Rev. A
Available at www.labconco.com
or by e-mail in Word 2000 document
Labconco Corporation
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Purpose and Scope IQ and OQ
This Qualification Protocol is solely intended to be used with Labconco FreeZone Triad
Stoppering Tray Dryers, which are new or relocated. This document is to be used to validate
the following models:
Models:
FreeZone Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer
7400030
7400040
This document is written to assist the end-user in validation of predetermined specifications.
The protocol begins with planning the site for the piece of equipment and therefore is of
value prior to receipt of delivery.
The use of this document does not replace the need for the User’s Manuals, (7373300).
Information within the User’s Manual is required to complete this IQ/OQ Protocol. If the
manual has been misplaced, copies can be obtained from the manufacturer or down-loaded
from their website, www.labconco.com
Responsibilities
End-User – The ultimate user or otherwise appointed personnel in the lab is responsible to
ensure the freeze dryer is installed and operating properly. This document can assist in that
validation. This document cannot however anticipate every application or unique situation
encountered with the installation and operation. It is therefore essential that users, lab
managers and safety officers work together to broaden the scope of this document through
careful forethought.
End-User Employer – The employer is responsible for supporting the validation through
adequate resources and training. The organization shall also ensure the validation process
has been fully carried out prior to applying the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer. Records should
be stored in a safe, easily retrievable location. The location of the equipment and required
validation should be included in the company’s quality system.
Manufacturer – Labconco Corporation, certified ISO-9001, is responsible to fully test each
Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer prior to shipment. The manufacturer must retain these records.
Labconco’s staff of Product Service Representatives and Product Specialists can assist with
information on the purchase, delivery and installation. Labconco is not responsible for the
actual installation or validation processes.
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Performance Qualification
Once the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer has been checked for proper installation and
operation, its performance can be validated. Labconco cannot recommend specific
procedures to do this. The performance validation should be designed to meet the
specifications and accuracy required of the application.
In general, this requires establishing acceptance criteria, making several runs and testing the
results with calibrated equipment and qualified personnel.
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A. Installation Qualification
Step Description
1
Site Planning
1a
Work surface /
stand weight
requirements
Specification or Acceptance Criteria
The Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer weighs 400
pounds. The vacuum pump weighs at least an
additional 45 pounds.
Result
YES
NO
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
Is the location where the Triad Stoppering Tray
Dryer will be located stable and capable of
safely supporting the required weight?
1b
Space
Requirements
Refer to the Appendix in the Triad Stoppering
Tray Dryer User’s Manual for dimensions of
the model you have chosen. Has overhead and
working space been provided for the
equipment?
(A minimum of 3-inches is required between
the back and sides of a Triad Stoppering Tray
Dryer and the wall for proper airflow through
the refrigeration system. Additional space is
required on the left side if freeze drying will be
performed in flasks)
1c
Electrical
Service
Refer to the User’s Manual for electrical
requirements. Are services available for the
equipment to be connected to an electrical
circuit of adequate size and the proper voltage?
All models are shipped with a power cord with
NEMA 6-20P plug. Does this match the
available receptacle? Is a plug available to
match the service outlet at the installation site?
1d
Optional
Features
Serum bottles, ampules, flasks and related
accessories are not included with the Triad
Stoppering Tray Dryer. Have these been
considered / available for this application?
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N/A
Y
N
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Is a suitable vacuum pump available or has it
been ordered? Refer to the User’s Manual
Revision A
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
It must have a displacement of at least 144
liters per minute and be capable of achieving an
ultimate vacuum (total pressure) of .002 mBar.
The power cord should have a reverse IEC 320
plug to plug into the rear of the Triad
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Prior to Operation
2a
Damage Claims
Have the delivered products been inspected for
any signs of damage that may have occurred
while in transit? Keep packaging materials
until inspection is complete.
WARNING: Do not attempt to pull a
vacuum on a Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer
with any damage to the clear door.
Implosion and potential for injury can occur.
If damaged, refer to the User’s Manual for
information on shipping damage claims.
2b
Triad Stoppering Place the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer on top of
Tray Dryer
the work surface or stand.
Installation
Caution: Triad Stoppering Tray Dryers are
extremely heavy. Follow safe lifting
guidelines.
Has the vacuum pump been connected using
the rubber hose and clamps provided?
2c
Data acquisition
using the RS
232 receptacle
Operation of the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer
may be monitored using a computer.
Interconnect Cable #7537801 with a 25 pin Dsub male serial connector or Cable #7537800
with a 9 pin D-sub male serial connector is
available.
N/A
If the Interconnect Cable is required, has it been
installed?
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2d
Electrical
Connection
Electrical
Grounding
Plug the Tray Dryer into a dedicated electrical
outlet. Has the electrical service been verified
to be adequate in size, voltage, amperage and
frequency? (The ID plate on the rear of the
freeze dryer has the electrical requirements.)
Has the ground on the electrical service been
verified?
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Y
N
Y
N
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B. Operational Qualification
Step Description
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Freeze Dryer
1a
Start Up
Specification or Acceptance Criteria
Result
YES
NO
Y
N
Y
N
Did the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer shelf
temperature reach -55oC, (+/-1 oC), within 3
hours of starting?
Y
N
Did the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer collector
temperature reach -80°C within 1 hours of
starting?
Y
N
With the:
Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer’s Power
switch ON,
Stoppering control in the “raise” position,
Vac Release control in the “close” position,
Empty serum vials with loose stoppers on
the four corners of the shelf,
Temperature probe taped to the top-center of
the shelf with aluminum tape,
Door on the Tray Dryer latched & closed,
Vacuum pump plugged into the back of the
Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer and its
power switch turned on (if so equipped),
Room ambient temperature 68°F or cooler,
Vacuum set point set at 0.040 mBar,
Manual set point system temperature set at
-55oC,
With the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer in the
manual mode, press the Run/Stop button
and the Vac button.
Does the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryer’s
refrigeration system start?
Does the vacuum pump start?
(Allow refrigeration and vacuum pump to
continue to operate.)
Record the time it started. ______________
1b
Cooling of the
Shelf and
collector
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1c
1d
Vacuum Leaks
Heating of the
Shelves
Does the system reach a displayed vacuum
level 0.030 to 0.050 mBar in 2 hours?
Revision A
Y
N
Y
N
Y
N
Raise the set point of the shelves to 50oC and
press “Enter” on the Triad Stoppering Tray
Dryer.
Monitor the displayed temperature for the
shelves. Does the temperature of the shelves
reach 50oC, (+/-1oC) within 1 hour?
1e
Automatic
Mode
To test the programmability function, set the
display to Auto and enter any parameters for a
new program, for example:
Prefreeze Time 3 hr
Segment 1: Ramp 1.5oC/min, Hold -55oC,
Time 1.0 hr
Segment 2: Ramp 1.5oC/min, Hold 50oC,
Time 0.20 hr
Segment 3: Ramp 1.5oC/min, Hold 24oC,
Time 0.20 hr
(Large temperature swings and long hold times
will prolong the test.)
Run the new program. Does the vacuum pump
turn ON when Prefreeze is completed?
N/A
Continue with the program.
1f
Automatic
Mode
Does the system’s temperature rise and fall as
programmed?
Y
N
N/A
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Verify
Displayed
Temperature
Revision A
The shelf temperature indicated on the LCD
display during Manual and Auto Segments 1
thru 5 is measured where the heat transfer fluid
enters the shelves. The collector temperature is
measured where the refrigerant leaves the
collector. The values were calibrated at the
factory by correlating readings with that of a
reference gauge attached to thermocouples
inside the rear of the machine. The T-type
(red/blue) thermocouples can be accessed only
by removal of the back cover of the Triad
Stoppering Tray Dryer.
CAUTION: Electrical Shock Hazard –
Disconnect power to the unit prior to
removal of any covers.
Does the collector display correlate to the
reference gauge/meter +/- 2oC?
Y
N/A
N
Does the Shelf display correlate to the
reference gauge/ meter +/- 2°C
Y
N/A
N
Y
N
Ref. Instrument? ______________________
If the temperature does not correlate, contact
Labconco Product Service for calibration
procedure.
1h
Stoppering
Operation
Rotate the Stoppering knob to the “lower”
position.
Did the top platen slowly lower from the top
and did each serum vial seal with the stoppers?
N/A
Rotate the Stoppering knob to the “raise”
position.
Y
Did the platen return to its highest position?
N/A
N
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Temperature
Probes
Revision A
The shelf temperature probe can be verified by
placing it into an ice bath. Agitate a crushed
ice and water bath and place the temperature
probes into it.
Y
Does the displayed temperature read between
1oC and -1oC?
N
N/A
If the temperature does not correlate, contact
Labconco Product Service for calibration
procedure.
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Verify
Displayed
Vacuum
Revision A
The vacuum level indicated on the LCD display
is measured at the rear of the chamber. The
value was calibrated at the factory by
correlating its reading with that of a reference
gauge. The calibration was performed at a very
low level, approximately 0.010 mBar.
NOTICE: Factory calibration was performed
using a precision Active Piranni Gauge
calibrated to a Capacitance Manometer
standard. Despite the system’s calibration and
repeatability, the readings taken at such a low
level of vacuum should only be considered as a
verification of a leak-free system. Vacuum
swings can be attributed to contamination of
surfaces, which could take days to outgas.
Adjustments are discouraged.
Before any adjustments are made to the factory
calibration of the vacuum measurement, answer
positively to each of these questions:
1) Is the vacuum standard being used to
verify the freeze dryer accepted by the
organization to be precise and has it
been calibrated recently?
2) Is the level of accuracy we are
attempting to reach pertinent to the
freeze drying applications?
Does the vacuum display correlate to the
reference gauge?
Y
N
N/A
Ref. Instrument? ______________________
If vacuum is to be calibrated, contact Labconco
Product Service for calibration procedure.
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2
Routine
Maintenance
Below are helpful hints to be included in the
organization’s preventive maintenance plan.
2a
Vacuum
Grease
Vacuum grease should be applied to rubber
components as required. In general, vacuum
grease should be the first step in
troubleshooting vacuum leaks. Thin layers of
grease are adequate for all seals. Only use
grease specially formulated for low vacuum
service. Grease is not required on the door
gasket. Use grease only on the inner and outer
sealing surfaces of the rubber manifold valve
body.
Is vacuum grease readily available and
documented?
Type of grease used? ____________________
Y
N
2b
Inspect for
Wear &
Damage
Has there been a procedure to periodically
inspect the interior metal surfaces for corrosion
due to acids?
Y
N
Y
N
Will all the rubber components be periodically
inspected so that they are free from drying,
cracks or deterioration?
Y
N
Are there awareness and a maintenance
procedures to check the clear acrylic door for
chips, cracks, deep scratches or chemical
attack?
WARNING: This is a safety issue. Implosion
can occur with damaged or corroded
components!
2c
Refrigeration
System
Cleaning
At least annually, will the refrigeration
condenser be cleaned of dust that would restrict
free airflow? (Include in the preventive
maintenance schedule)
Y
N
2d
Heat Transfer
Fluid
Annually check the fluid level of the LexsolTM
heat transfer fluid with the label applied to the
side of the reservoir.
Y
N
N/A
Has this been included in the preventive
maintenance plan?
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Personnel
Training
3a
User Training
Related to
Equipment
Have personnel that will use the Triad
Stoppering Tray Dryers been adequately
trained?
Are personnel familiar with:
All the buttons, knobs and displays on the
control panel;
The use of vacuum grease;
Opening, closing and venting samples;
Cleaning of the freeze dryer and
neutralization of acids?
3b
User’s Manual
Revision A
Are the personnel who are to use or maintain
the Triad Stoppering Tray Dryers able to locate
the User’s Manual for the machine?
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Y
N
Y
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C. Summary
Labconco FreeZone Triad Stoppering Tray Dryers IQ/OQ Document 1059502 Rev Equipment Location _________________________________________________
FreeZone Ser. No. __________________________ Model No.__________________
User Protocol _________________ Revision (or Date published) __________
Contact (print name):____________________________________________
Title: __________________________________________________________
Review the “Response” columns for answers of “NO.” Use the area below to describe
the deficiency or unacceptable results. Those deficiencies are to be followed with an
instruction for “Corrective Actions.” Once acceptable results are obtained, the
deficiency is “accepted” by initialing the Corrective Action.
Step
Deficiency followed by Corrective Action
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