Comau launches cleanroom-classified high-speed industrial robot

Automation company Comau has introduced the ruggedized Racer-5 Sensitive Environments (Racer-5 SE) robot for use in the pharmaceutical, health and beauty, food and beverage and electronics industries.

The robot is designed to support the demands of cleanrooms and other sensitive environments with significant controls against contamination. The Racer-5 can be used in grade 6 ISO cleanrooms and grade 5 cleanroom environments at medium speed.

The robot supports a 5 kg payload and offers repeatability down to 0.03 mm. It has an up to 809 mm maximum reach and a high-gloss, ruggedized element-resistant shell. The robot is also provided with a 630 mm maximum reach.

The Racer-5 SE can be used on a variety of surfaces. For example, it can be used on a tabletop, inclined or mounted on a wall or ceiling.

[Image courtesy of Camau]

The robot can be used to automate applications with significant regula…
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Moderna and Azzur bolster cleanroom partnership

Moderna (NSDQ:MRNA) will become the anchor tenant in a new facility from Azzur Cleanrooms on Demand (COD) in Burlington, Mass.

Cambridge, Mass.–based Moderna has seen its business skyrocket in the past year. Its sales growth in the second quarter of the year grew 6,399% compared with Q2 2020.

“As Moderna grows at an accelerated pace, there is a clear need to expand our clinical manufacturing capacity,” said Jason Ellow, Moderna’s senior director of clinical manufacturing, in a statement. To facilitate its growth, Moderna has relied on partnerships with a range of companies, including Azzur, Catalent and Lonza.

The companies, both having a presence in the Greater Boston area, have worked together for more than six years. Azzur operates multiple cleanrooms-on-demand facilities in the area as well as a presence near San Diego, Calif.

“Azzur and Moderna have worked together for a number of year…

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