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Foreword Our company began manufacturing disposable, flip-top sampling vials for laboratory testing in the 1980s. Making a transport vial that is sterile, easy to open and close, airtight, and most importantly, leak-proof, continues to be the foundation of our product offerings. The vials are manufactured using sustainable polymeric materials. Since 2000, CAPITOL Europe has been manufacturing a complete product line of flip-top vials for the global dairy industry. We work with customers to deliver a total solution. Our vials are designed to be fully integrated into our customer’s dairy laboratory operations. We offer the latest RFID technology to provide 100% sample tracking and integrity. In the following pages we would like to share with you the products and services we offer for dairy sampling around the world.

“Dedicated to customer satisfaction through quality and service.” Mr. Robert Abrams Chairman of the Board, President and Founder


SoLUTIoNS ProVIder

A dePeNdABLe PArTNer For THe dAIrY CoMMUNITY Our company history shows a dedication to the dairy sampling industry. We have first-hand experience in the dairy industry from the farm to the laboratory. We are dedicated to bring to the industry the finest products and services that it demands. Our vision of dairy vial manufacturing is based on our experience of market knowledge that has been acquired over 45 years of actively participating in the milk sampling chain. Our experience in dairy sampling has been gained by leading laboratory re-engineering projects with several major dairy laboratories around the world.

TeSTIMoNIAL

With our years of experience in the sampling industry, we have become a leader in developing solutions in a very streamline distribution network, including: the farmer, the dairies, and the laboratories.

The Dutch milk-testing laboratory Qlip, is the most modern and efficient laboratory of its kind.

QUALITY HISTorY In the 80’s CAPITOL Europe developed a leak-proof, flip-top vial that is easy to open and close. The vial continues to be the vial of choice for milk sample collection in the U.S. and Europe, offering the highest level of performance, security and sustainability to the industry. We tailor our development to our customers’ needs, and our prospective approach in designing new concepts leads to some “state-ofthe-art” systems.

TeCHNICAL Our one-piece flip-top containers are molded through a very unique patented process. Our proprietary molding processes are based on the ability to close the molded vial while it is still in the mold. This provides major benefits for our products and our customers: Seal Integrity -Aseptic Processing. Additionally, our dairy sampling vial allows one-hand manipulation whereas the hinged vial is efficient for laboratory automation. Our vial design addresses the real challenge of the laboratories: to offer a reliable analysis in the best economical conditions.

PArTNerSHIP INTeGrATIoN CAPITOL Europe offers its expertise in the laboratory integration; including RFID data management and automation concepts to optimize the use of our specific flip-top hinged containers We work cooperatively with our customers to create a re-engineered laboratory. We provide solutions that improve traceability and accuracy of the analysis. We support our customers with strong well-experienced resources from concept stage to delivery of the finished product: Capitol Europe delivers value.

CAPITOL Europe has developed new technology with many of the finest milk testing laboratories in Europe and in the U.S.A., and established partnerships with leading suppliers to the dairy community. CAPITOL Europe works with partners to develop automation and RFID tags and readers, to ensure optimal use of the vial, and ensure its proper integration in the routine testing within the milk laboratories. Our experience brings the lowest risk in establishing product definition and integration.

CAPITOL prides itself in offering cost effective solutions to secure traceability, reduce labor and minimize the use of expensive equipment. Quality Assurance is an integral part of our philosophy. Making a perfect vial remains our core activity, and our goal is to insure our customers an uninterrupted supply of their selected sampling vial. We will share with you how we position ourselves to make the perfect vial everyday.

“A change over to automation and computerization of the activities in the sector of analysis of herd recording and quality samples becomes crucial nowadays to secure leadership and organizations.” We invite you to discover how CAPITOL Europe and its partners turn concepts to reality.


A successful growth lead by

“dedication“

Origins

Growth

Services

Key events

CAPITOL Europe’s expertise in the dairy industry originates from our ownership. Our experience comes from running dairy farms in New York state, followed by ownership of a milk processing facility and finally to the manufacturing of sampling vials. We have experienced the needs of the industry from the farm to the laboratory.

Since our inception, we have gained valuable experience within this demanding market of dairy sampling. CAPITOL Europe has progressed from an injection molding company to a Full Service Solution Provider for Custom Engineered milk sampling.

We work closely with our customers during the entire product development cycle to insure that we address every aspect, from vial development to the installation of specialized equipment.

1964 - CAPITOL opened its first plastics molding plant in conjunction with its dairy facility in Fultonville, NY.

Our State-of-the-art facility is located in France, close to the Swiss and German borders. We are ideally located to ensure logistics and service to our customers in the fields of dairy sampling vial, medical diagnostics and pharmaceutical packaging throughout Europe.

1983 - Founded Capitol Vial: patented technology that manufactures a onepiece, leak-proof, and air-tight vial - sterile as molded.

In the 80’s CAPITOL Europe developed a leak-proof, flip-top vial that is easy to open and close. The vial continues to be the vial of choice for milk sample collection the U.S. and Europe.

Our growth has been based on our expertise in manufacturing airtight, leak-proof, aseptic containers (sterile containers). We are equally capable of providing all the necessary automation equipment, to make the best use of our flip-top original concepts.

1994 - Opened Manufacturing Plant in Auburn, AL. 2000 - Opened Plant in Niederbronn (Strasbourg), France.

Today CAPITOL Europe manufactures and markets many types of dairy sample vials. CAPITOL Europe brings over 45 years of knowledge and expertise in the dairy industry to its products and services. These products and services deliver the highest level of performance, security and sustainability in the industry.

2001 - CAPITOL Europe started production of desiccated vial for major health care companies. 2002 - Started Production of desiccant vials for nutritional and pharmaceutical tablet packaging. 2004 - Designed and developed fully automated dairy analysis system at Qlip-NL. 2009 - Designed and developed fully automated dairy system at Suisselab-CH.

Key facts A Global Supplier. ISO-9001 / 14001 Certified

Customer focused We tailor our development to our customers’ needs, and programs are organized on that basis. We anticipate the market and we strive to provide the best “mid to long-term future oriented” solutions - our prospective approach to designing new concepts have led to some “state-of-the-art” systems, for example; in Holland where we have developed a fully automated dairy laboratory.

Manufacturer. Facilities in US, and Europe. Each facility is over 9,000 m² and houses over 50 injection-molding machines. Manufacture products under cGMP. 15000 m² Plant in Auburn, AL opened Feb. 15, 2004. Manufactured over 1 billion molded articles in 2008.

Intellectual Property Patents - CAPITOL Europe has filed over 250 US & International Patent Applications on Sealing and Plastic Technologies. Facilities - Comprehensive In-house Materials and Analytical Laboratories.

We take pride in working very closely with all of our customers to provide and implement solutions that meet their requirements. We have a vast array of resources at our disposal to provide technical support from vial design to laboratory automation.

CAPITOL Europe’s Scientific Advisory Board is composed of world-recognized scientists from industry and academia. Package Development - CAPITOL Europe is uniquely equipped to create containers for next generation products.


A dedication to dairy vial production

“offering the ideal Sampling Vial“

Experience

Ease of use

CAPITOL has 45 years of experience in sampling and we offer a wide range of dairy sampling vials.

Our dairy sampling vial used for Payment and Herd Improvement purposes has a hinge to allow one-hand manipulation. This feature assists to preserve the cleanliness and integrity of the sample, and as result improves the reliability of the dairy sample.

Since our vial is leak-proof and aseptic; it has become the “gold standard” for quality and payment testing of milk.

The users, farmers and laboratory operators appreciate the manipulation of flip top containers:

Molding process for the flip-top vials • Cores are out

• user friendly as no contact or contamination of the lid is permitted • convenience for the field operations as the lid is always connected to the vial • one-hand opening and closing speaks for improved cleanliness and secure traceability

Years of experience has made CAPITOL Europe a leader in supplying sampling vials and services to the dairy industry.

Transport

• Flipper closes the vials and goes back

Our seal integrity guarantees that our liquid storage containers are the ideal transport solution for general sampling.

CAPITOL’s core competence Our technical developments are based on our exclusive patented injection molding processes. Our one-piece flip-top containers are molded through a very unique patented process. What is different from traditional molding processes is the ability to close the molded vial while it is still in the mold. This provides major benefits for our products and our customers: 1. Seal Integrity - The seal between the top and the body is formed while the plastic is cooling, creating a seal that is moisture tight, even through repeated opening and closings. 2. Aseptic Processing - The vial is closed while it is still in the mould, free from any contamination.

For the Laboratories

• Vial is ejected

The flip-top vial design is ideally suited for optimized throughput in the laboratory, as there is no risk of misplacing the lid onto another vial. Additionally, there is no risk of cross contamination in changing the lids from one sample to the other. The hinged vial is efficient for laboratory automation.

Sustainability The plastic resins used to manufacture the sampling vials can be easily recycled after use. CAPITOL Europe offers solutions for on-site grinding prior to recycling.

Other field of use Many vials are available with an elastomer septum for ease in field sampling. Our plastic vials can also be used for different purposes such as: • Liquid storage and packaging • Environmental sampling (water, soil...) • Food sampling or packaging • Drug abuse testing

There is a real focus from CAPITOL Europe on the dairy activities because its needs specific knowledge and perfect manufacturing. Our reputation of excellence brings confidence not only to the user in the field but also to the laboratory, in the way that we secure the entire process under strict economical contingencies.

• Veterinary sample vials • Any application where aseptic leakproof containers are needed.


Proven know-how

Partnership

“That enhances laboratory performance“

Benefits of RFID technology in the automated laboratory

We work cooperatively with our customers to create a re-engineered laboratory.

• ensure that all relevant data is kept with the sample - providing data integrity

We monitor and anticipate the market changes with the purpose of providing solutions that improve traceability and accuracy of the analysis.

• facilitate automatic routing of samples through laboratory equipment • ensure the source of milk to eliminate any error

We support our customers with strong wellexperienced resources from concept stage to delivery of the finished product.

A breakthrough product: NEW MILK SAMPLING VIALS WITH RFID TAG TECHNOLOGY Radio frequency identification tags are widely used in a variety of industries to link data with a physical product or sample. CAPITOL Europe has patented the application of RFID Tags to be used on milk sampling. The system platform consists of a disposable flip-top container for milk collection and a reusable RFID Tag that is attached to each container. CAPITOL Europe provides the handling equipment to apply RFID tags to a new container and remove RFID Tags from used containers.

RFID

CAPITOL Europe also provides the recycling system to grind the used containers for recycling.

Since the beginning we provide full automation for the flip-top vial opening and closing. CAPITOL Europe offers its expertise in the laboratory integration; including RFID data management and automation concepts to optimize the use of our specific flip-top hinged containers.

Automatic integrated systems The vials are automatically presented to the milk analyzer, through very efficient and fast transfer on fully automatic conveyors - This conveyor system can be adapted for Foss, Delta Instruments and Bentley Instruments.

CAPITOL Europe delivers value:

To optimize the throughput of the analyzers the vials are automatically sent to the appropriate tests and the system is totally flexible until the last analysis is performed. With the help of RFID tags, the host computer will read the tags and assess pre-programmed tests or monitor any specific change at any moment.

CAPITOL Europe has a dedicated approach on a case-by-case basis, and is involved in: • Vial design • Regulatory support to ensure compliance to all regulatory procedures • Mold development • Product manufacturing • Automation

Our proven experience unlocks a new reality where high efficiency in vial handling and analysis is routine.


working in partnership

“To deliver a total solution“

CAPITOL Europe capabilities to provide turn-key laboratory solutions

Profile of the organization

Automation partners

CAPITOL Europe and partners produce initial design concepts using a design group based in Paris-France.

Our in-house engineers are available to assist with installations using the expertise they have acquired over the past 15 years.

With our Partners in automation and RFID, this extended R&D Team can fulfill your exacts requirements on the vial, traceability, vial handling and laboratory automation.

The Raudszus Electronic GmbH company, located in Ruhmannsfelden in Bavaria, is a family owned company, which was founded in 1997 by Mr. Gerhard Raudszus. At the beginning the company worked in the field of milk industry focusing on measure and process technology and also on logistical data recording and treatment. The company has expanded its field of expertise and is actively engaged in dairy sample tracking and laboratory automation.

CAPITOL Europe has developed new technology with many of the finest milk testing laboratories in Europe and in the U.S.A., and established partnerships with leading suppliers to the dairy community.

A control concept was realized, that analyses milk samples and allows that a sample is sent to an analyzer island with the biggest possible efficiency and optimal use on labor and equipment.

Turn-key automation solutions

Electronic chips, so called RFID Tags, determine the path the samples have to take in the laboratory on the conveyor belts.

CAPITOL Europe designs, develops and manufactures sampling vials that will seamlessly integrate into our customers’ current dairy laboratories. We offer comprehensive goods and services for custom engineered milk sampling vials and laboratory automation.

For nearly 10 years, MAINtag SA has focused on vertical integration of RFID in the dairy sector. Offering a wide range of tags (low and high frequency) and readers (handheld and stand-alone), MAINtag is now N°1 in Europe for supplying RFID solutions and devices to dairy farmers, federations and laboratories, with a strong focus on milk sampling for herd improvement and payment.

The future in milk collection We have installed full RFID driven automation in dairy laboratories that supports the industries’ need for efficiency and cost reduction. CAPITOL Europe works with partners to develop automation and RFID tags and readers, to ensure proper use of the vial, and optimize its integration in the routine testing within the milk laboratories.

We offer comprehensive services for custom milk sampling vial development. Our experience brings the lowest risk in establishing product definition and integration. CAPITOL Europe coordinates design, tooling, manufacturing, automation development & integration. We offer proven execution and strong project and product support.

Over the years, MAINtag has been able to build strong recognition at an international scale (France, UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Australia, USA,…) and is now recommended by the main suppliers of this Industry: Tru-test, lactocorder, Raudszus Electronics, and of course CAPITOL Europe S.A. MAINtag’s high quality products and its integration capabilities in continuous development enable to widen the perspective of milk sampling traceability and laboratory automation.


Committed to

“Continuous improvement“

CAPITOL Europe has been actively supporting the dairy sector.

Manufacturing standards

We understand the business and its environment, its needs and its permanent evolution. CAPITOL Europe strives to identify all of the aspects in milk sampling, while providing innovative solutions at all stages, from the dairy to the laboratory.

• Clean Room Manufacturing

CAPITOL prides itself in offering cost effective solutions to secure traceability, reduce labor and minimize the use of expensive equipment.

• ISO 9001

CAPITOL Europe is ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 22000 certified.

• ISO 14001

• HACCP compliance

Making a perfect vial remains our core activity, and our goal is to insure our customers an uninterrupted supply of their selected sampling vial.

• Full IDF and FDA Approvals • Our engineers review your Critical to Quality (CTQ) design and commercial requirements and develop manufacturing and quality control inspection criteria with you.

We would like to share with you how we position ourselves to make the perfect vial everyday.

• Our manufacturing and inspection processes are tied together using serialization to insure traceability through all stages of production, inspection status and shipment.

Standards Many customers audit CAPITOL Europe with the most demanding requirements in the supply of medical device, food and drug packaging industries. CAPITOL Europe’s employees pride themselves in exceeding customer satisfaction measurements and expectations.

• Our operations team performs inspections and tests using Internationally recognized sampling plans, to insure that products are manufactured to exceed customer expectations.

Quality control testing Representative Vials from every production shift is tested in our internal laboratory. We evaluate the containers for leak testing, opening force. Key points: • Samples are pulled using an interval based sampling plan. • Leak tests utilize fluids that will be stored in the vials as well as more a viscous fluid to serve as a diagnostic tool. • Vials are tested to ensure that they can withstand transport - with regular cap force measurement.

Quality Assurance Quality Assurance is an integral part of our philosophy. CAPITOL has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994. We utilize our Quality System to insure that we maintain the highest quality standards through design, stability, validation and commercial supply of our custom engineered products. Whatever you need CAPITOL Europe is here for you.

Because of our strong commitment, dedication and the technical knowledge acquired over 45 years, CAPITOL Europe is ideally suited to ensure the continuity of supply of CUSTOM integrated milk sampling solutions. We design efficient and economical manufacturing systems and we are continually improving quality and productivity to insure supply reliability and security for the long term.


example with the dutch Central Laboratory

“Turning concepts into reality“

Qlip

The Dutch milk-testing laboratory Qlip, is the most modern and efficient laboratory of its kind. This re-engineered laboratory started with Raudszus Electronic Ltd., in 2002, with the installation of the first integrated automation designed to analyze up to 15,000 payment vials per day. In 2006 Qlip and its automation partners signed an agreement to build an automation system for Herd Improvement. The system is designed to process 50,000 milk samples per day.

Qlip is an independent service provider for the dairy sector.

Herd recording CAPITOL Europe has developed a brand new concept to support the Herd Recording sampling methods, comprising of a disposable 31 ml DHIA vial, a rack and transport box, and the integration of RFID data management to guarantee perfect traceability and results integrity. The concept is using RFID tags on the vial carriers (racks) to locate each individual sample. The vials are identified by the position in the rack and in the box (#1 to #100), and the information is transferred onto the tags at the one end of each vial carrier.

The laboratory in Zutphen is specialised in routine analysis of ex-farm milk samples. This involves testing of herd bulk milk samples for milk payment purposes as well as testing of samples from individual animals in the frame of official milk recording. Company Profile and Mission: Dairy farmers and dairy processors do their best day after day. Qlip provides the services that make those efforts demonstrable. Qlip stands for quality assurance in the dairy chain.

RFID offers permanent tracking and 100% flexibility.

A few facts 200 employees on two sites. 15,000 payment vials per day on 6 analyzers 50,000 HR vials per day, on 18 analyzers Accredited laboratories in Zutphen (Nl) and Leusden (NL)

Mr. Hans van Hemert, Project Director for the two lines of automation:

Supplier of services and products in the area of quality assurance and food safety in the dairy chain.

“In the milk laboratory from Zutphen, Holland, thousands of milk sample receptacles run fully automated from station to station for analysis, whereas electric chips also called RFID-Tags determine the route to be followed by the sample receptacle back to the laboratory. Thus, each year millions of samples, which originate from around 20,000 Dutch farmers, are being analyzed. The majority of these samples are tested as a routine for milk contents and quality. In the past, the milk samples were assigned to the supplier via pre-assigned barcode labels, which had to be attached manually on the sample receptacles; this procedure required significant time and costs. Since 2004 costs have been reduced while at the same time, the safety of milk sampling has been raised considerably. The whole chain from the barn to the laboratory is perfectly optimized and secured. The sampling system is uniquely flexible by design. Should a milk supplier require a special analysis, this requirement can be sent via Internet to the laboratory. When the milk sample enters the laboratory, all tests run automatically. The ability to add a test online, additional service we offer to our suppliers, is possible only thanks to the introduction of the new system. A change over to automation and computerization of the activities in the sector of analysis of herd recording and quality samples becomes crucial nowadays to secure our leadership.”

The CAPITOL Europe vial has become the industry driver for all changes involving vial security, sample integrity, and optimization of the entire bulk milk sampling chain, from the barn to the laboratory. We provide our customers with “turn-key” systems and pride ourselves in providing solutions to our customers’ problems. This pro-active approach allows CAPITOL Europe to work hand-in-hand as partners from the project design stage through logistics, and final use in the laboratory. CAPITOL Europe is an industry leader for dairy sampling, and we are excited about the possibility of working with you in customizing a solution that best fits your needs.


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