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Holland Happy Hour- ITT EnviZion, BioviZion, ISP, and PfuZion Product Lines

June 3, 2020

For this week’s Holland Happy Hour, we’ll be covering ITT’s new EnviZion, BioviZion, ISP, and PfuZion valve and switch offerings. Since the launch of the EnviZion valves, the first hygienic diaphragm valve to feature tool-less diaphragm change out, ITT has been at the vanguard of product innovation in the engineered valve industry.

So register here, grab  your favorite cold beverage, and join Andy Soukup and Randy Smith of ITT this Friday at 3 PM CST to learn more about the newest additions the ITT’s product line- the BioviZion, ISP Switch pack, and PfuZion- and see for yourself how our clients are using these products to reduce downtime, increase reliability and safety, and delivery industry leading ROI.



Holland Happy Hour- Thermaline CCT Testing System

May 13, 2020

For this week’s Holland Happy Hour,CCT we’ll be covering Thermaline’s new CCT Testing System. Thermaline has developed an easy to use, comprehensive heat exchanger test system (The CCT) that is operated by your plant personnel and is a must have for every dairy, food and beverage processor worldwide!

• Compliant with new limited visitation protocols
• Saves Thousands of dollars
• Test on your schedule

So register here, grab your favorite beverage and join Leon Sanders of Thermaline along with Andy Soukup of Holland Applied Technologies this Friday at 3 PM CST for a look at how the Thermaline CCT Test system works and a Q&A session answering all your heat exchanger maintenance and testing questions.

Introducing the New Quattroflow QF2500 Quaternary Diaphragm Pump

May 13, 2020

As the sole Quattroflow distributor for the greater Midwest, Holland Applied Technologies is pleased to announce the launch of the newest addition to the single- and multiple-use Quattroflow Quaternary Diaphragm Pumps product line—the Quattroflow QF2500.


With a maximum flow rate of 2,500 lph (660 gph), the QF2500 is ideally suited to meet the needs within demanding biopharma applications. Typical applications for the QF2500 include chromatography, TFF, virus filtration, sterile filtration, and depth filtration. In terms of flow range, the QF2500 fits nicely between the existing QF1200 (max. 1,200 lph) and the QF4400 (max. 5,000 lph) pump sizes.

The QF2500 offers design enhancements for both the multiple-use and single-use pump chambers that provide excellent drainability to maximize product recovery. The QF2500 pump also features a self-draining design, 125:1 turndown ratio, high flow stability even at low flow rates, linear performance, and clean-in-place (CIP) capability.  In order to improve the drainability and venting of the pump chamber, the new patent-pending design of the valve plate features two outlet valves per chamber. These valves are located at the highest and lowest position of each chamber and thus allow both full drainability and significantly improves the venting capability.

The QF2500 single-use heads are available in a polypropylene pump chamber which is ideal for high temperature and steam-in-place (SIP) applications. Like many of the other QF single use pump chambers, the QF2500 single use pump chambers are available with gamma irradiation. All soft parts for both the single- and multiple-use heads are fully characterized, made of USP Class VI materials with extractable and leachable reports available.

The standard QF2500 pump is offered with a 3 phase, 230/400V motor with forced cooling-fan. The pump head is connected to the motor via motor flange which significantly simplifies the coupling alignment and also helps to reduce noise and vibration created by the coupling.  Customized versions of the QF2500 pump head coupled with different motors, such as a servo motor, is also available.

Quattroflow, part of PSG®, a Dover company is a leading brand of quaternary (four-piston) diaphragm pumps that primarily serve industries such as pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical that require gentle displacement, reliability, product safety, purity and cleanability. The Quattroflow pump is a gentle and low pulsation pump and is available in both stainless steel (multiple-use) and single-use pump chambers. The Quattroflow series of pumps covers a wide range of flow rates from 1 lph to 16,000 lph. Holland Applied Technologies has years of experience working with the Quattroflow pumps. For any inquiries or technical assistance with your next biopharmaceutical application, feel free to reach out to a Holland Sales Engineer today.

Holland Happy Hour- Combating Corrosion w/ Special Alloys

May 5, 2020

This Friday, Holland will be hosting it’s fourth Happy Hour Webinar, Live on Zoom. Andy Soukup of Holland Applied and VNE Special Alloys Product Manger & ASME BPE Chair Ken Kimbrel will provide an overview VNE Corporation’s MaxCore 6Mo line of super alloy fittings and how our customers are using it to combat corrosion where stainless steel has failed. Ken and Andy will provide an overview of what corrosion is, material chemistry, how chlorides attack metals, material selection, and fabrication considerations. So register here, grab your favorite beverage, and join us at 3 PM CST this Friday!



Holland Happy Hour- SPXFLOW D4 Series Double Seat Mix Proof Valves

April 22, 2020

This Friday, Holland will be hosting it’s third Happy Hour Webinar, Live on Zoom. Andy Soukup of Holland Applied and SPXFLOW Global Product Manager Chris Sinutko will provide an overview SPXFLOW’s next generation series of double seat mix proof valve- the D4 series. So grab your favorite beverage and join us Friday afternoon as we provide and overview of how our customers are using the D4 series to increase production flexibility and productivity, while achieving rapid ROI and improved quality! We’ll discuss specific field applications, process challenges, and solutions. So register here, grab your favorite beverage, and join us at 2 PM CST this Friday!



Holland Happy Hour- Beer Pumps

April 8, 2020

This Friday, Holland will be hosting it’s second Happy Hour Webinar, Live on Zoom & Facebook Live. Andy Soukup & James Moriarty of Urban Renewal Brewery in Chicago, IL will provide a brief history of sanitary pumps, market overview, operating principles, and their application within breweries. We’ll close with some commonly asked questions about craft beer and maybe even some blind taste tests.. We’ll discuss specific field applications, process challenges, and solutions. So register here, grab your favorite craft beer, and join us at 3 PM CST this Friday!


Beer Pump

James Moriarty…. hard at work!

Holland Happy Hour- Quattroflow Pump Webinar

March 31, 2020

This Friday, Holland will be hosting it’s first Happy Hour Webinar, Live on Zoom. Andy Soukup & Derrick Alig of Quattroflow Pumps will be providing an overview of Positive Displacement pump technologies in pharmaceutical process applications, the Quattroflow product line and the underlying technologies that make each of these products work. We’ll discuss specific field applications, process challenges, and solutions. So register here, grab your favorite drink, and join us at 3 PM CST for the latest and greatest Quattroflow products.



The Quattroflow Product Family 

Holland Applied Technologies Play Critical Role in COVID-19 Test Kit Supply Chain

March 21, 2020

At Holland, we’ve been serving the high purity process industries for over 100 years. Over that time, we have become an integral supplier to the companies that make the food you buy at the supermarket, the drugs and personal care products you use to keep yourself healthy, and the diagnostic tools healthcare professionals use to stem the tide of a global pandemic.

Recently, the work we’re doing right now to help stop the spread COVID-19 was featured on ABC7 Eyewitness News. Watch the whole story below or read more here!


Understanding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

February 27, 2020

In today’s post, we look at just what laws and regulations are keeping the foods on our tables clean and safe. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, represents the most comprehensive and sweeping top-to-bottom reform of the United States food safety regulatory framework in over 70 years. The FSMA shifts the focus of the FDA from responding to food contamination events to prevention-based controls for manufacturing. It affects almost every business that must register with the FDA.


The FDA finalized seven major rules to implement the FSMA. The rules translate the act into specific actions at each point in the global supply chain to reduce contamination and make it easier to implement the changes. Those seven rules are:



  1. Preventive Controls for Human Food– Human food facilities registered with the FDA must implement a written plan that identifies hazards and outlines appropriate preventive controls.
  2. Preventive Controls for Animal Food– Animal food facilities registered with the FDA must implement a written plan that identifies hazards and outlines appropriate preventive controls.
  3. Produce Safety– Establishes minimum standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and storing produce.
  4. Foreign Supplier Verification Program– Importers must verify that their global suppliers comply with FDA regulations.
  5. Third-Party Certification– Accredits third-party certification bodies to administer voluntary consultative and regulatory audits to help companies prepare for regulatory audits or achieve certifications.
  6. Food Defense (intentional adulteration)– Food facilities registered with the FDA must develop a plan that assesses contamination vulnerabilities and document a mitigation strategy for each vulnerability.
  7. Sanitary Transportation– New requirements for companies that transport food, including shippers, receivers, loaders, and carrier.

The FDA regulates about 77 percent of the U.S. food supply. This includes everything we eat except for meat, poultry, and some egg products which are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). So, it is most likely that many of our food customers must comply with the FSMA. Compliance with the FSMA looks different for each business depending on the size and purpose of the facility, as well as what products it makes. Should you have any questions or want to learn more the FSMA, below are some links that provide more details on the laws and regulations for your reference:

Food Safety Modernization Act 

FSMA Rules & Guidance for Industry 

If you have any questions about how the FSMA impacts your process application, please contact a Holland Sales Engineer today.

S7 Weld Decay- Does your tubing and fittings pass the new ASME BPE testing requirements?

February 24, 2020

*Content for this post was sourced from an excellent article written by Carl Kettermann of United Industries. Holland is proud to offer United high purity process tubing and thank Carl for his contribution to the industry. 

The 2019 edition of the ASME Bioprocessing Equipment Standard now includes a new welding requirement for stainless steel tubing. Found in Part MM – Metallic Materials of Construction, it requires that welded austenitic stainless steel tubing supplied to the industry must be capable of passing a weld-decay corrosion test and an intergranular corrosion test, as described in ASTM A249 and A270, respectively. These tests are being implemented to ensure that tubes, and the components manufactured from them, have been properly welded and heat-treated to provide optimum corrosion resistance in service. The requirement is stated as follows:

Austenitic stainless steel tube shall be capable of passing the weld decay test in ASTM A249/A249M, Supplement S7 and either the intergranular corrosion test in either ASTM A270/A270M, Supplement S1 or ISO 3651-2 Method B.


VNE Fitting

A VNE MaxPure fitting. Note that it is certified as being BPE compliant as indicated by the ASME symbol stamp.

The weld-decay corrosion test is often referred to as an S7 test and its purpose is to detect the presence of delta ferrite formed during solidification when welding austenitic stainless steel materials, such as 304, 304L, 316 and 316L. It should be noted that the BPE requirement is only applicable to the longitudinal seam welds made during the original manufacture of tubing. It is not applicable to the more highly alloyed materials like 317L and 904L or other super-austenitic materials because the nickel content in this alloy is high enough to suppress the formation of delta ferrite.

The presence of delta ferrite is a function of the chemical composition of the steel and the cooling rate of the molten weld puddle through solidification. Those welding processes that have faster solidification rates, such as laser welding, are less likely to form delta ferrite than a more traditional welding process like GTAW. This is because laser beam welds exhibit a smaller heat affected zone and smaller volumes of molten metal, and therefore typically exhibit better corrosion resistance. Delta ferrite increases the materials susceptibility to corrosive attack in reducing atmospheres, such as in hydrochloric acid, which is widely used in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

The ASTM A262 Practice E test referenced in ASTM A270 Supplementary Requirement S1 is often referred to as the Strauss Test and it is an intergranular corrosion test that detects sensitized structures that can form after improper heat treatment or after extended exposure to temperatures in the range of about 675 F to 1,000 F. Sensitization occurs when intermetallic precipitates such as chromium carbides are formed along the metal grain boundaries. When the chromium is bonded with carbon in these precipitates it is no longer available to form the passive chromium oxide layer that provides corrosion resistance.

Holland Applied Technologies has been one of the country’s largest suppliers of sanitary fittings and tubing to the biopharmaceutical industry for over 50 years. While there are many “bargain brands” available from all over the world, we have found that there are significant variances in quality and some producers fail to consistently meet the minimum requirements of the S7 and the Strauss test. Holland has taken significant steps to ensure that the sanitary ASME BPE fittings and tubing we provide meets the highest quality standards available. Should you have any questions on the ASME BPE Standard, or need help choosing your sanitary equipment, feel free to contact Holland Applied Technologies today.