Demand for high-purity packaging for the pharmaceuticals and medical technology industries has been increasing for a number of years. Bischof + Klein is responding to this trend by investing in a completely new coex extrusion line, thus doubling its extrusion capacities for CleanFlex® clean room films.
The existing ISO class 5 clean room according to DIN EN ISO 14644 is being extended and a new extruder tower with a total height of 18 metres is being built for this new line. The intention is to manufacture both existing product solutions as well as new developments, which have not yet been produced under clean room conditions, on the new machine. The extension is taking place away from the current clean room extrusion facilities, resulting in two spatially separated extrusion areas. This is also of importance to risk management, as production can switch to another extrusion area in the event of malfunctions, thereby ensuring supply security.
Planning and construction were undertaken using of state-of-the-art clean room construction on the basis of current standards such as DIN EN ISO 14644, and the latest online monitoring technology has been implemented. Following successful initial qualification of the new clean room as well as qualification and validation of the new production line and the products, production is scheduled to start in the spring of 2017.
With this groundbreaking investment in the latest clean room and film technology, B+K is laying the foundations of a new level of quality for its B+K CleanFlex® product range. B+K CleanFlex® sales manager Benjamin Kepp is certain that this investment has really hit the spot, and that the company is once again setting new standards for the future of clean room packaging.