Safer pharmaceutical cleanroom material handling processes

Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Equipment

Make moving cleanroom equipment safer and more efficient with MasterMover electric tugs – for maximum suite uptime.

Stainless Steel SmartMover SM100+ moving pharma equipment

The challenges of transporting cleanroom equipment

Within pharmaceutical cleanrooms, the movement of cleanroom equipment, such as media totes, chromatography columns and single-use mixers, often relies on manual handling. With loads easily weighing in excess of 1,000kg, multiple members of staff are often needed to position and reconfigure process trains and equipment, reducing suite uptime and productivity. 

Manually moving heavy pharmaceutical cleanroom equipment increases the risk of injury and musculoskeletal disorders, leading many manufacturers to look for safer pharmaceutical cleanroom material handling solutions.  

Safer cleanroom material handling for maximum safety and suite uptime

Enabling a single operator to safely move cleanroom equipment weighing up to 15,000kg, our electric tugs eliminate manual handling to increase suite uptime for pharmaceutical manufacturers – facilitating quicker reconfigurations and suite changeovers.

Seamlessly integrate cleanroom-ready stainless steel electric tugs into your processes to maximise staff safety, boost productivity and create mobile, flexible processes.   

The benefits of electric tugs for pharmaceutical cleanroom material handling 

Facilitating quicker suite changeovers through the safe, controlled movement of heavy cleanroom equipment, electric tugs help pharmaceutical manufacturers improve safety and improve efficiency. 

Benefit from maximum control and reduce the risk of damage to high-value cleanroom equipment with secure handling solutions, perfect for tight spaces.   

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    Eliminate manual handling

    Making the movement of 15,000kg loads a one-person job, without compromising on safety – reducing the risk of injuries and boosting productivity.

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    Maximise suite uptime and reduce changeover times

    Moveable by their very nature, electric tugs provide the flexibility to reconfigure cleanroom suites and process trains – maximising uptime.

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    Compact machines to deliver precision 

    Space limitations and large equipment can make moving loads challenging in pharmaceutical cleanrooms. Compact electric tugs enable the precise positioning of loads in tight areas.

Our range of pharmaceutical cleanroom electric tugs

Stainless Steel

Up to 15,000 kg

Stainless Steel MasterTow TOW200 electric tug

Constructed from high-grade 316 stainless steel and with IP ratings of up to IP55 available, stainless steel electric tugs are ideally suited to food ...

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Stainless Steel SmartMover SM100+ moving a tote bin in food manufacturing

Stainless Steel Range

Safer cleanroom material handling

Safely move your pharmaceutical equipment without compromising your cleanroom environment.

Our 316-grade stainless steel electric tugs are used in cleanrooms by leading pharmaceutical manufacturers in upstream and downstream processing to deliver the safe and controlled movement of equipment in the most stringent environments. 

Trusted by the biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers

Leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract manufacturing organisations trust MasterMover’s compact electric tugs to safely move high-value equipment and maximise suite uptime.

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They are high-quality, reliable and easy to operate, and furthermore, they offer fantastic control and movement in tight spaces – so they are ideal for use in the biopharma industry

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tugs used to move in the pharmaceutical cleanrooms? 

Across pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, electric tugs are used to move a wide variety of equipment such as: 

  • Buffer & media totes
  • Bioprocess containers
  • Chromatography columns
  • Single-use mixers & skids
  • Reactors & Agitators
  • Vessels & tanks
How do electric tugs facilitate faster suite changeovers?

Where the reconfiguration of process trains or suite layouts was carried out manually, electric tugs streamline the movement to a one-person task, enabling the safe and efficient movement of equipment.

Likewise, the benefits of ‘ballroom’ production layouts and mounting equipment on wheels allow pharmaceutical manufacturers to create mobile and modular processes – enabling faster suite changeovers and increasing uptime. 

I’m moving high-value, sensitive equipment, do electric tugs connect securely to the load?

Yes, electric tugs create an unbreakable connection to the load. Whether you opt for our SM100+ SS to move buffer totes, or our MT20-1500+ SS to control large chromatography columns, you can be confident that your equipment will be securely moved using our electric tugs.

Hydraulic coupling systems maximise load security and manoeuvrability, enabling large, heavy equipment to be precisely moved in even the tightest of spaces.

Can they work in tight cleanroom environments?

Yes – all of our stainless steel electric tugs and tows can push, pull, manoeuvre and stop mobile process equipment in tight spaces. We know space is at a premium in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and that size is a key consideration when it comes to material handling equipment.

Our electric tugs are compact but powerful, meaning they’re adequately powered to move the heaviest of loads, without taking up valuable space.

The flexible steering on our machines also enables them to rotate loads on their corner axis. This unparalleled range of movement means that our electric tugs can move loads in even the tightest of cleanroom environments.

What grade of stainless steel is used?

All of our stainless steel electric tugs are constructed with 316 high-grade stainless steel.

A pickle and passivation process is undertaken to assist with the formation of a continuous chromium-oxide passive film and to remove contaminants.

Finally, a 240 grit polish is applied to provide a durable finish. This makes them ideally suited to biopharmaceutical cleanrooms.     

What IP ratings are available?

The Stainless Steel range encompasses a number of different machines, with varying ingress protection (IP) ratings. Individual IP ratings can be found on the Technical

Specification Sheets for each model, though as a guide, IP ratings range from IP42 - IP55, with higher ratings available as a custom solution. 

We're here to help 

If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.