Instruments' Morphologi G3 has won Instrument Business Outlook's 2008 Gold
Award for analytical instrument industrial design.
The Morphologi G3 is an automated particle characterization system that provides
high quality, statistically significant particle size and shape information.
The IBO Design Awards are given annually and according to the organizers “the
Morphologi G3's innovative industrial design clearly distinguishes it by creating
an appealing visual appearance and enhanced end-user experience”
Ulf Willén, Malvern’s Product Manager for Analytical Imaging Systems,
said, “This is tremendous recognition for the team at Malvern who worked
so hard on the design and development of the Morphologi G3. All the work was
done in house and I would very much like to add my congratulations to everyone
Explaining some of the challenges faced in developing the system, Ulf Willen
said, “For particle characterization using microscopy-based techniques
there are a number of critical factors that determine the usability of the technique
and the reliability of the results. Sample dispersion and automation are key
issues. The idea behind the Morphologi G3 was to make sample dispersion an integral
part of the system, maximise the degree of automation, and minimise the manual,
user-dependent controls and settings on the instrument. The industrial design
had to both reflect this, and was also limited by these requirements.”
The Morphologi G3 delivers microscope quality images and delivers statistically
significant data through the rapid analysis of hundreds of thousands of particles
with little or no user intervention. As indicated above, good sample preparation
is a critical requirement and a major development is the novel fully integrated
dry powder dispersion system. Precise software control of all dispersion parameters
ensures highly reproducible dry powder dispersions with consistent and controlled
particle orientation across a broad range of samples.
Full automation of the Morphologi G3, using Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
eliminates any user bias inherent in manual microscopy methods, and SOPs allow
straightforward method development and easy electronic transfer. Automatic calibration,
conformance to 21CFR part 11 requirements and the availability of full IQ/OQ
documentation ensure that the system is accurate and repeatable and all data
is secure and validated.