Bausch launches high-speed machines for filling, stoppering and crimping vials

Bausch Advanced Technology Group, a US-based supplier of pharmaceutical packaging equipment, has launched two high-speed machines for the filling, stoppering and crimping of vials.

Both machines are ideally suited for RABS and isolator applications

Bausch Advanced Technology Group, a US-based supplier of pharmaceutical packaging equipment, has launched two high-speed machines for the filling, stoppering and crimping of vials.

The Type 550 machine achieves aseptic filling and stoppering of vials, while the Type 551 crimping machine can be used directly inline with the Type 550 or as a stand-alone unit. The servo-driven machines are capable of handling up to 600 vials per minute.

Both machines are ideally suited for RABS and isolator applications. They offer a balcony design that is compliant with cGMP guidelines. The complete separation of the drive from the filling area optimises the laminar airflow throughout the stations. The mechanical areas are accessible from the back side of the systems for easy maintenance and the reduced widths offer easy access for operators. Both machines are well suited to through-the-wall installation.

The Type 550 filling and stoppering machine offers the choice of four dosing systems: volumetric rotary piston pump, peristaltic pump, time pressure and mass flow system. In addition, the machine offers an in-process checkweighing capability that allows for the automatic start-up of the line to minimise product loss.

The adjustments of the working parameters can be achieved directly from the operating interface terminal and the change of stopper sizes and cap sizes are performed without tools. All parts that come in contact with the product, the stoppers and the caps can be disassembled quickly and easily to allow sterilisation in autoclave.

The transport system, while guiding the vials positively throughout the entire machine, features an automatic adjustment according to vial diameter. The linear walking beam nozzle carrier moves the nozzle in a way that filling takes place while vials move forward in continuous mode at a constant speed.

All surfaces inside the process area are easily cleanable thanks to the absence of dead zone and corners. All parts in contact with the product are made of AISI 316L stainless steel with 0.6 Ra finish, while all parts in contact with the rubber stoppers have a finish of 0.8 Ra.

Different models are available for production capacities: 300, 400 and 600 vials per minute.

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