Filling machines dominate Bosch’s busy Achema launch programme

By Gareth Macdonald

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A new 9,500 unit per hour sterilised syringe filler was a highlight of Bosch Packaging Technology’s busy programme of machine launches at Achema 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany this week.

The FXS 2050 unit, which is intended to help mid-sized producers make best use of limited production space, combines Bosch’s peristaltic pump technology with a bag and tub opening system and is designed to minimise the need for manual intervention.

Product manager Klaus Ulherr suggested that the fully integrated approach to filling and closing can significantly reduce the ever present risk of contamination during these operations and help manufacturers ensure the quality of their products.

GKF Capsylon and MHI could fill efficiency gaps

The GFK Capsylon 3005 for capsules and the MHL 2020 for vials completed the roster of filling machines Bosch premiered at the show, with the watchword of the day being efficiency.

The good manufacturing practice (GMP) accredited GFK Capsylon unit is designed to handle both sticky and fine grained pharmaceutical powders at a rate of 175,000 capsules an hour and features an adjustable metering disk that Bosch claim will help minimise changeover downtime.

Improving speed and efficacy is also at the core of the MHL 2020 unit. Bosch designed the machine with the clinical trial and pilot product markets in mind and developed in-process monitoring technology that “ensures that each and every container is precisely filled and closed​.”

Vial processing manager Dieter Bandtel said that the rationale for developing the MHL 2020 was precision and suggested that its ability to record fill parameters and minimise interaction will be a distinct advantage when dealing with toxic compounds.

Carton machine aims to be Cut above the rest

Bosch also used Achema to showcase its CUT 150 cartoning machine that betters the 120 carton per minute output of previous machines in the range.

The firm says that the improved cartoning rate is a product of the unit’s modular design and absence of drive chains that eliminate the need for chain switching stations or belt discs and help reduce the level of maintenance required.

Bosch also emphasised the CUT 150’s enhanced production security features, particularly its 2d matrix code track and trace serialisation system that the firm believes will help protect against counterfeiting.

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