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Waters Corporation. (3/9/15). "Press Release: Waters Doubles Capacity of SFE Bio-Botanical Extraction System". New Orleans, LA.

Region Region New Orleans, LA
  Country United States (USA)
Organisation Organisation Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT)
  Group Waters (Group)
Product Product SFE Bio-Botanical Extraction System (SFE BBES, Waters)
Persons Person Groudas, Mark (Waters 201009 VP Americas Operations)
  Person 2 Murphy, Brian J. (Waters 200912 Public Relations Manager)

New ten-liter vessel increases amount of material processed in a single, unattended run

Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) today announced immediate availability of a new ten-liter (10L) extraction vessel for its SFE Bio-Botanical Extraction System, a multi-vessel supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) system that rapidly fractionates and extracts large quantities of desired components from a multitude of botanical matrices.

The Waters® SFE Bio-Botanical Extraction System (BBES) functions as a bulk-scale, high-pressure separator for collecting extracted compounds. The 10L vessel doubles current capacity and can be acquired as an add-on to installed systems. It will be available on new systems in March 2015.

"As the extraction system of choice, the SFE Bio-Botanical Extraction System provides high extraction efficiency and selective fractionation of an extract in a single run," said Mark Groudas, Vice President, Americas Field Operations,Waters Division. "The drive to increase system capacity comes directly from our customers who seek longer unattended operation of their extraction processes. As important as run time, users are seeing increased consistency of final extracted products from run-to-run."

Furthermore, a new computer-controlled Automation Module that allows the SFE BBES to extract the high-quality product in less time with even less manual intervention is expected to be available in the second quarter. The new automation module will provide greater flexibility for unattended operation through seamless transition between the first and second extractions without user intervention, thereby extending uninterrupted operation even further.

One of the more compelling features of the SFE BBES is the use of supercritical CO2 as its mobile phase, which has been shown to be a safer alternative to organic solvents or hydrocarbons (butane). The SFE BBES achieves the highest product quality in less time through a computer-controlled system allowing for precise control of pressure, temperature and time.

The SFE BBES consists primarily of a liquid CO2 pump, a mass flow meter, extraction vessels, an automated back pressure regulator, two heat exchangers and three cyclone fraction collection vessels. Options include a co-solvent pump and mixer and a CO2 recycler. Using the current Process Suites software, the system can be automated for pressure, temperature, flow rate and extraction time. Existing methods can be saved to be run again and again or the software can be run in “manual” mode.

About Waters Corporation (

For more than 50 years, Waters Corporation has created business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, water quality, consumer products and high-value added chemicals worldwide.
Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters’ technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.

With revenue of $1.99 billion in 2014, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.


Waters is a trademark of Waters Corporation.

Brian J. Murphy
Public Relations
+1 508-482-2614

Record changed: 2015-08-01


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