Married to high purity hoses animation screenshot

Pure Transfer, where anything hose

Being ‘pigeon-holed’, that’s what they call it. 

All of a sudden you’re known for doing something really well and everyone expects you to carry on doing that ‘thing’ forever. Personally, I know exactly how Arnold Schwarzenegger felt when he was only offered tough-guy roles. Not that I’m regularly offered the starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters – which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is their loss. What I’m saying is a similar degree of pigeon-holing occurred to us, here at Pure Transfer, when we became so well known as ‘The Gasket People’. 

It’s perfectly understandable why we’ve become synonymous with gaskets in so many people’s minds. We have a lot of passion for high purity gaskets. 

But here’s the newsflash: We’re also passionate about our high purity hose range. 

In fact, we manufacture our own high purity hose assemblies right here at Pure Transfer HQ.

So, to firmly rid everyone of the idea that our know-how only applies to gaskets, we wanted to share some of our hard-earned hose savvy with you. Before we start, let’s get technical for a moment, when we say ‘Hose’, what we actually mean is high purity hose assemblies – which, you’ll agree, is a bit of a mouthful. 

Everyone happy? Off we go… 

Where are high purity hoses used?

At Pure Transfer, we’re proud to manufacture the high purity hose assemblies that are so vital within the pharmaceutical and biotech process lines that create medicines, vaccines and biologics.  

Our hoses are designed to thrive in these highly sensitive working environments where excellence is more than an abstract concept, it’s a daily necessity. We work tirelessly to ensure all aspects of our hose product range, from design and construction to installation and operation, are free of any element that could contaminate the final product. Falling below a standard of perfection could create catastrophic outcomes and is completely unacceptable. 

Thankfully, here at Pure Transfer, avoiding contamination and maintaining purity is something we excel at.  

Q: Where are high purity hoses used? 

Answer: In environments where nothing less than perfection will do.

What does a high purity hose do? (The hugely simplified version)

The high purity hoses we manufacture, here at Pure Transfer, are used to join two high purity components together. Hoses are used for many reasons, such as ease of assembly and disassembly, the practicalities of daily usage and the requirements of load cells. As a general rule, hoses are usually found in those places where traditional stainless-steel pipework won’t fit or where flexibility is paramount to the purity process line. 

Put simply, our hoses are the bendy bits between bits of kit. 

It might sound obvious, but it’s vital that a high purity hose is fitted correctly. A common mistake is to put too much strain on the hose’s connections, which will result in leakage. Failure to install a hose assembly in the right way can lead to catastrophic effects, both in terms of pollution of the final product and the financial costs of assembly downtime.

Q: What does a high purity hose do? 

Answer: It provides a flexible connection between two high purity components. 

What are high purity hoses made of?

It’s not as simple a question as it may sound. A variety of materials are used in the high purity hoses we manufacture. What these materials have in common is they have characteristics that ensure contamination is not possible. Our hoses comply with many biocompatibility standards, such as FDA CFR 21, FDA CFR 177 and USP Class VI. Not only that, every end connection we use is compatible with the process fluids and cleaning solutions, without degrading the purity of the line. 

Q: What are our high purity hoses made of?

Answer: The right stuff. 

The price of peace of mind

We’re justifiably proud of the way our hose assemblies are designed, tested and manufactured. With hoses, as with our gaskets, we have a well-deserved reputation for supplying the best. 

Our clients understand that our hoses don’t come with bargain basement price tags. What they come with is a guarantee of reliability and quality, which provide a peace of mind which is truly priceless. 

Leveraging our know-how leaves our customers so relaxed that, if you listen carefully, you can probably hear the sound of stress leaving their bodies. 

At least, we think that’s stress. 

Getting the right hose for the job

Choosing the correct hose means a careful process of selection. At a basic level, picking the ‘right’ hose means matching the material it’s made of to the demands of the particular part of process assembly where it will be used. Questions must include:

  • How resistant to solvents must the material be?
  • How easy to clean does the material need to be?
  • How flexible does the material need to be?
  • STAMPED FORM…

The list goes on. 

At Pure Transfer, our team has the hose know-how to guide you through the process of choosing the right hose for your needs. We’ll move heaven and earth to help. 

So that’s hoses…

At Pure Transfer we’re proud to be ‘The Gasket People’ but we’re so much more than that. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger, we have range. Our high purity hoses set the standard for an industry that is obsessed with perfection. That said, there’s one thing that we don’t mind being pigeon-holed about, the quality of our customer service. We make a simple promise: our customers’ problems become our problems, until we solve them.

Paul Murphy

PS – if you want to find out EVEN MORE about high purity hoses, then check out our industry insights page ‘Life is a bed of hoses’.

Pure transfer mission statement

Mission statement

Life’s too short to be a miserable $%@!

As far as I’m concerned, happiness in our lives, in our work and in our families is just too important not to feel strongly about it. I’m determined to enjoy every minute of every day.

So, what does all this have to do with Pure Transfer? How does this fit into the world of high purity hoses and gaskets?

Passion. That’s the connection.

I believe that the key to happiness is to find your passions and pursue them, doggedly.
Back when I started Pure Transfer, I did it with passion. I don’t believe in doing anything by halves. I refuse to settle for second best. I understand the world of high purity components, hoses and gaskets, might not sound glamourous to the uninitiated, but that doesn’t stop them being vital to pharmaceutical & biotech manufacturing facilities. I was single minded in my belief that Pure Transfer should provide unsurpassed expertise and support to customers in this important field.

Our job was to be the best.

Why?

I’m determined that the hours I must spend away from my loved ones will always count for something positive. Time is precious, so in every moment I spend piloting Pure Transfer, I’m committed to doing the best job I can.

Pure Transfer’s philosophy is all about excellence; something our customers recognise.

As the business has expanded, my passion has grown with it. These days, I’m proud to say that I have a mission. My goal isn’t world peace or teaching everyone to sing in harmony, yet it’s equally noble.
My mission, here at Pure Transfer, is to ‘Rid the world of over-compressed gaskets & to improve the working life of high purity hoses’.

OK, it might not sound like much, but success would mean dramatically reducing the ‘downtime’ caused by failing components – one of the top priorities of every manufacturing facility on the planet!
We’ll get there, believe me. Just watch this space…”

Necessity is the Mother of Invention…

Necessity is the Mother of Invention…

I’m not going to lie to you. There are some areas in which Pure Transfer really can’t compete. 

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about things that negatively affect our customer base. Oh no, in terms of the quality of our components, our dedication to servicing our clients’ needs and our in-depth know-how regarding the high purity field, we do just fine! 

I’m no Elon Musk when it comes to marketing

What I’m talking about is another area completely. In short, when it comes to our marketing budget, we don’t have as deep pockets as some others. It won’t surprise you to discover that I’m no Elon Musk. My desire to inform the world about the dangers of overtightening gaskets has not made me a billionaire – just. So, when it comes to sharing the news on what Pure Transfer does, we’re not in a position where we can simply throw endless money at marketing. 

When others zig, we zag

The truth is, as far as I’m concerned, this is a good thing. A very good thing indeed. This potential limitation has made us reassess how we communicate. We took some time to examine how others marketed what they do and decided that we should take another route. 

The voice

So, in a sector that can sound stuffy, we decided to focus our resources on developing an approachable ‘voice’ for Pure Transfer. We don’t blind the reader with jargon nor do we use our expertise to distance ourselves from customers. Instead, we approach all communications with a friendly and informative voice. Our marketing is designed to tell everyone that we’re human, we understand and we’re dedicated to using our know-how to help them in any way we can. 

From the beginning we established something important, at Pure Transfer we take our work VERY seriously, but we don’t take OURSELVES seriously at all. It’s an important distinction to make. When it comes to the content we put out on social media (and every other platform), we like to have a laugh and a joke; because life’s too short not to. This approach has been vital in creating a community of people who connect with and identify as followers of Pure Transfer. We like to think of ourselves as regular providers of a little bit of light relief in social feeds during a work day that might otherwise be hard going. We don’t have the resources to constantly bombard everyone with content every five minutes – that’s why, when we do, we make sure it’s memorable and distinctive. 

We like to be different.

For example, nobody expected us to commission a series of hilarious cartoons about the lives of the high purity gaskets we stock. If you were going to write a book on how to market a high purity component business, creating our series Gasket Life (and related merchandise) wouldn’t be part of your first chapter. But that’s exactly what we did. 

Why? 

Because it was fun, it was memorable and it was something nobody else was doing. We could have spent the same amount of money, or more, on drone shots of our factory and soft focus footage of me going on (and on) about how respectable we are. It would have looked nice, but it would have put anyone watching it to sleep. I’m pretty sure that nobody slept the first time they saw a water droplet on a skateboard being chased down a pipe by a lump of dirt in our first Gasket Life animation. We’re proud of that. 

Nobody expected us to put out a quarterly ‘Gasket Gazette’ that includes a ‘Lycra Interlude’ where I get to chat about wearing Spandex while drinking coffee, eating cake and (occasionally) riding my bike. The same publication has included in depth features on making tea, snowball fights and how to end a Zoom call. Really, it has. 

Again and again, we’ve shown that it doesn’t take vast amounts of budget to make memorable content. Far from it. All that’s required is a little imagination and the desire to take the untrodden path. Trust us, there’s a lot more space to do your own thing on that less crowded route.  

The future

What’ll we be doing next with Pure Transfer’s marketing? I’ve no idea. There is no masterplan. Instead there’s a constant desire to innovate and have a laugh while we’re at it. 

Whatever we do, we can promise you this, it won’t be boring! 

Paul Murphy. 

Founder, puretransfer.com

What is a gasket worth? Woman getting a sleepless night after a gasket fail

What is a Gasket Worth?

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Dalai Lama

I like that quote from the Dalai Lama. It really speaks to me. 

Why? 

Because, in my job, it’s often the little things, I mean really little, that make the biggest impact. Over the years I’ve discovered that ‘sweating the small stuff’ isn’t a character flaw. 

Far from it. 

In fact, it’s only through attention to detail, especially in regards to seemingly insignificant parts of a process, that true success is found. 

Let’s examine attention to detail in the context of high purity gaskets. Do you know what a gasket is? There’s no problem if you don’t. ‘Gasket’ is one of those words that most people have stored in the back of their head, with the vague idea of its technical meaning. Yet, because the topic rarely comes up in conversation, most of us never get the chance to discover if our definition is actually correct. 

So, what are gaskets?

In my work (that of high purity process components) they are, more often than not, little ‘O’s. Usually made of a rubber-like polymer, these circles form seals between two ‘mating’ surfaces or flanges within a process or transfer line. Visually, they’re quite underwhelming bits of kit. It would take a really niche connoisseur to even consider a hobby of collecting gaskets. And, before you ask, I don’t. 

The thing is, these unglamourous polymer circles form a very important function. Without them high purity process assemblies just wouldn’t work. Simple as that. Gaskets are integral to creating high purity flow paths. It’s difficult to overstate the degree to which process manufacturing industries rely upon gaskets. 

And yet, gaskets fail. They fail a lot more frequently than they should. 

Why do gaskets fail?

Why? In the main part, it’s down to user error. Gaskets are consistently used in the wrong context. Not only that, the ‘right’ gaskets are often installed poorly, which means they can’t do their job properly. This persistent failure to see the importance of using the correct gasket, properly installed, frequently leads to unnecessary downtime.

You don’t need to be a genius to understand that downtime is costly. Failing gaskets are a major, and often totally unnecessary, expense across both the biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. 

It’s time to ask ourselves: “What is a gasket really worth?” 

What is a gasket really worth?

Here at Pure Transfer, it’s our mission to raise awareness of the issues that arise when gaskets, admittedly a low value component, aren’t treated with respect. Let me walk you through a hypothetical situation, based around the type of issue that (unfortunately) frequently occurs. 

  • A gasket fails in a high purity manufacturing environment, leading to the production assembly shutting down for an unspecified period. The implications of this stoppage are far reaching. 
  • An investigation into the failure is triggered.
  • Supplier(s) are contacted to discuss the situation surrounding the gasket failure. 
  • Questions are raised by both the affected high purity manufacturer and those who supply them. 
  • It soon becomes clear that pinpointing the origin of the fault is difficult. The manufacturers routinely buy generic gaskets from a wide range of suppliers. With so many suppliers involved, it’s impossible to define where the failed gasket came from.
  • Both sides seek answers: 
  • The high purity manufacturer wants to know why the gasket failed and who is going to compensate them for their loss. This could potentially mean £100,000s.
  • The suppliers want to know the context in which the gasket was used. How long had it been used in that way? When was the gasket installed? Who installed it? How can the manufacturer prove the gasket in question was purchased from the supplier? 
  • The customer seeks damages for lost earnings as a result of the failed gasket. However it’s not certain who supplied or created the gasket that’s at fault. 
  • Furthermore, the investigation shows the gasket was being used for a duty it wasn’t designed to fulfill. 
  • The whole sorry episode ends in an expensive mess, with no clear route for the manufacturer to follow in order to recoup any money. 

So, what’s the moral of this story? Let’s think back to the Dalai Lama and the seemingly insignificant mosquito that caused so much irritation. The only effective way to deal with a mosquito is to look beyond its seemingly insignificant size and take it seriously. A wise person obtains mosquito nets, insect repellent and ear plugs in order to neutralize the insect’s impact. 

Similarly, at Pure Transfer, we strongly believe that the only way to stop a seemingly insignificant £1 gasket costing a company more than £1,000,000 is to take it seriously, through high standards of education and traceability.   

What do I mean?

Education:

Time and again, problems occur because of a lack of understanding. Education is vital to stop gaskets from being used in an inappropriate context. A gasket should be fitted into a production assembly by someone who is specially trained to do so. This person should understand the importance of the material the gasket is made of, relative to its situation. They should be aware of the temperatures a gasket will experience and the pressures it must function under. In addition, the gasket should only be fitted by someone who understands the intricacies of forming a seal that is unlikely to fail. This type of training costs money, but who could argue against such expenditure when it’s compared to the vast losses potentially incurred due to a failing or misused gasket?

Traceability:

At Pure Transfer, we regularly find ourselves brought in to resolve an issue within a process, only to discover there is no paper trail to show the age, model and provenance of the gaskets involved. In short, we’re left with no clue as to where these gaskets came from, why they are used, who fitted them and when. How anyone is expected to effectively assign culpability for a part’s failure in an environment where there is no oversight of the individual elements at play, I’ve no idea. For this reason, we continue to preach that traceability is essential and spending a little extra on the types of gaskets that can be easily traced back to their origin, is always money well spent. We encourage our customers to purchase laser-engraved gaskets. Why? These gaskets clearly display their manufacturing origin – as such total traceability is guaranteed. That said, even a laser-engraved gasket can be incorrectly installed or used in an inappropriate context – another reason why training around the proper application of gaskets is vital. 

Final thoughts on the worth of a gasket

So, what is a gasket worth? The failure of a £1 gasket can lead to lost earnings of 6 figures or more. Yet, despite this, getting people to understand the importance of taking something so small and (seemingly) insignificant seriously is always an uphill battle. 

Here at Pure Transfer, our philosophy is gaskets should be treated with respect, because failing to do so could end up costing a fortune. Our mantra makes a lot of sense, although I doubt it’ll end up next to the Dalai Lama’s musings in a collection of ‘wise words’ any time soon. 

Paul Murphy

The Gasket People

Gaskets, Gaskets, Gaskets

They say that, in most big cities, you’re never any more than 6ft away from a rat.

That’s probably an exaggeration. From my visits to big cities, I’d argue that never being more than 6ft away from a coffee shop is far more likely.

It’s a bit like that with gaskets. Gaskets are everywhere. I wouldn’t say you’re never more than 6ft away from a gasket, but I’d bet that you’ve used several products today that couldn’t be manufactured without the aid of these underappreciated bits of kit.

The thing is, most people never give gaskets a second thought. Don’t worry, never thinking about gaskets is completely normal. There are very few of us gasket geeks who spend our time focused on what these rubbery rings should or shouldn’t do.

At Pure Transfer, we’re ‘The Gasket People’, famed for our level of high purity gasket knowhow, so I thought it was about time I shared a little more about these wonderful bits of kit with you.


SO, WHAT IS A GASKET?


Whenever I say ‘Gasket’ I really mean something based on a ‘Tri-clamp®’ or ‘Tri-clover®’ gasket, originally created by Alfa Laval Inc., many moons ago. The generic versions of these gaskets are now the industry standard within high purity process lines.

Despite the fact that, to the untrained observer, these rubber ‘O’s look a bit like flat donuts (I wouldn’t suggest you ever tried to eat one) they perform a hugely important job – more on that later. As such, they conform to the highest industry standards such as those laid out by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the FDA and USP Class VI.


OK, WHERE ARE GASKETS USED?


Our gaskets are part of the process lines that create medicines, vaccines, biological materials, some foods, drinks and many more. It’s a serious business. I’m talking about working in environments where every aspect of the design, construction and operation of a process system is minutely considered to ensure nothing can pollute the final product.

The result of a contamination could be catastrophic for the human or animal end users, so anything less than perfection is completely unacceptable.

SO, WHAT DOES A GASKET DO?


It’s a good question. The gaskets we use help join two ‘mating’ surfaces (I’ll leave you to make up your own jokes). Put simply, gaskets create a sealed and hygienic union between a pair of ferrules (think pipes) in order to ensure there’s a continuously flush surface inside the high purity process line. It’s vital that the gasket is fitted properly to ensure the interior of the join is free from ‘dead space’ where material can become caught. A build-up of unwanted material could quickly lead to the contamination of whatever product is being produced by the high purity line. This would be bad.


WHEN IT COMES TO GASKETS, ONLY THE BEST WILL DO


That’s why, at Pure Transfer, we’re committed to excellence. We believe in using our know-how to ensure we supply customers with quality products that will last. Yes, it’s possible to fill a process line with very cheap gaskets, but not without a very real risk of contaminating £10,000s of product. That’s not how we work.

When clients come to us, they understand that the gaskets we provide won’t be at bargain basement prices. What we supply are reliable products perfectly matched to the exacting requirements of their process assemblies.

Our gaskets are the best because of the way they are designed, tested and manufactured. Our service is the best because we understand what the gaskets we supply can, and can’t, do. Like latter-day Cilla Blacks, I think of us as matchmakers, we match the right gasket to the right usage to create a connection that lasts.


WHICH GASKET DOES WHAT?


You know that bit in Cinderella? You do. The bit where Cinders loses her glass slipper and the prince must go all around the kingdom trying her lost slipper on random feet to find the perfect match? Gaskets can be a bit like that.

There’s so much to consider when picking the gasket you need for any situation. At a basic level, it’s all about the material the gasket is made of. How easy is it to clean? How does it react to steam? How flexible is it? Is it resistant to solvents? The list goes on… and on.


WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS TO GET THE RIGHT GASKET


Choosing the right gasket for the job isn’t easy. That’s why our customers value what we do. At Pure Transfer, we’ve spent untold hours building up our gasket know-how. We know all about temperature ranges, chemical resistance, creep and degradation, that’s why we’re the perfect people to talk to if you need a little assistance (or a lot) in choosing the correct gasket for your needs.

There’s so much to consider when picking the gasket you need for any situation. At a basic level, it’s all about the material the gasket is made of. How easy is it to clean? How does it react to steam? How flexible is it? Is it resistant to solvents? The list goes on… and on.



GETTING ANIMATED


As ‘The Gasket People’ we’re keen to share the wondrous things these impressive bits of kit do with the world. Watch this space for some amazing new gasket animations we’ve created with the award winning production company Pushed. You’re going to love them!


THE KNOW


I’d hope that, by now, you feel like you know a bit more about the world of gaskets. Remember, if you’d like more information, Pure Transfer: The Gasket People are always here to help.

Paul Murphy