Associations

Top Line belongs to many associations such the BPE, 3A, IAFIS, FISA, ISPE, ASME, and the Brewers Association.

BPE
3-A Sanitary Standards
The International Association of Food Industry Suppliers
Food Industry Suppliers Association
The International Society for Pharmaceutical
Brewers Association

BPE

ASME BPE 2016 – Now Available!

In Top Line’s continued support of industry standards, we would like to announce that the new 2016 edition of the ASME Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) standard is now available for purchase and download from the ASME website.

Top Line and Allegheny Bradford Corporation are proud contributing members to ASME BPE that assist in bringing the very best in engineering and process component knowledge into the standard.

Click here to get the new 2016 BPE edition

The BPE Bioprocessing Standard provides design requirements for new fluid processing equipment and systems used in the bioprocessing, pharmaceutical, and other high purity industries which require a defined level of purity and sterility.

The standard consists of the following parts; General Requirements, System Design, Dimension & Tolerances, Material Joining, Surface Finishes, Seals, Polymers, and Metallic Materials. Each part provides requirements for systems and components that are subject to cleaning, sanitation, or sterilization including systems that are clean-in-place (CIP) or steam-in-place (SIP), or other suitable processes.

For over 50 years, Top Line has been a leader in supplying high purity BPE fittings, valves, pumps, and tubing throughout the world.

Top Line takes extreme pride in providing BPE products that meet the requirements of the latest edition of the BPE Bioprocessing Equipment Standard.

From product design to end user validation, Top Line is committed to always giving you top of the line service and BPE quality products.

  • 100% BPE compliant products
  • Full material traceability for metallic, polymeric, and elastomeric materials of construction
  • Customized comprehensive cGMP Turn Over Package Documentation
  • Active participation on the BPE Standard Committee
  • Full engineering support
  • Custom fabrications
  • Improved surface finishes (mechanical polishing, passivation, electropolishing) to meet BPE standards

3-A Sanitary Standard

The 3-A Sanitary Standards Committee’s objective is to formulate sanitary design criteria covering a single piece of equipment called a “Standard” or to formulate practices relating to sanitary process systems called “Accepted Practices”.

These standards are developed through the cooperative efforts of local, state, and federal sanitarians, equipment manufacturers, and equipment end users so that they are acceptable to those involved in the sanitary aspects of the dairy and related industries.

The ultimate goal is to protect dairy products from contamination and to ensure all product contact surfaces can be mechanically cleaned or can be dismantled for manual cleaning, and, when necessary, for inspection.

The committee consists of representatives from the International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians, the United States Public Health Service, and the Dairy Industry Committee (DIC). Members of the DIC include The American Butter Institute, The American Dairy Products Institute, The International Ice Cream Association, The Milk Industry Foundation, The National Cheese Institute, and The International Association of Food Industry Suppliers (IAFIS).

IAFIS – The International Association of Food Industry Suppliers

The International Association of Food Industry Suppliers (IAFIS) is an 87 year old, not-for-profit trade association of manufacturers and suppliers serving the global food industry.

Formerly the Dairy and Food Industries Supply Assocation (DFISA), the Association changed its name in the spring of 1997 to more accurately reflect the diversity and global nature of its members, their customers, and the food processing and packaging industries.

Its mission is to enhance the sales and profits of the food supply industry through programs and services that:

Promote the development of buying and selling relationships among the members of the food industry.
Provide marketing and business information resources that assist the firms of the food industry to meet the needs of their customers. IAFIS members, and the IAFIS Foundation, sponsor and support Worldwide Food Expo, the industry’s largest food processing and packaging trade show in North America, and a range of scholarships, education programs, information services, and international standards activities for the global food industry.

FISA – Food Industry Suppliers Association

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FISA is a national association of independent distributors and major manufacturers of sanitary equipment, components, and related supplies used in the food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care industries.

The purpose of the association is to:

  • Promote distribution
  • Provide a forum and services to members for operating more effective businesses

ISPE – The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering

ISPE, the Society for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Professionals, is a world-wide, not-for-profit volunteer society of technical professionals who apply their practical knowledge in the regulated pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. ISPE is committed to advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its members through forums for the exchange of ideas and practical experience.

Today, ISPE provides the platform to address these specific needs in health care manufacturing.

Technology professionals around the world, dedicated to obtaining the highest levels of productivity and compliance, have gained their long overdue recognition as Pharmaceutical Engineers through their participation on the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Mission Statement:
ISPE strives to be the leading global source of information, educational services and forums for developing and sharing technical knowledge and practical experience for those technical professionals who develop and manufacture regulated health care products and those who serve these industries.

Brewers Association

Brewers Association logo

Top Line is a proud member of The Brewers Association.

The Brewers Association is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers. More than 2,900 US brewery members and 45,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association are joined by members of the allied trade, beer distributors, individuals, other associate members and the Brewers Association staff to make up the Brewers Association.