At ACHEMA 2024, Schubert-Pharma will exhibit its ‘user-friendly’, top-loading packaging vial machine with a table-top design, set to help manufacturers in the pharmaceutical sector surpass their line clearance requirements.

Unlike its open-top loaders, the table-top design of its TLM machines closes the gap and does not allow products to fall into the base of the machine during the packaging process. As such, it is expected to help achieve the required line clearance.

One, three, five, or ten vials can be packed into the carton compartment, either horizontally or vertically; five will be demonstrated at ACHEMA. A turntable feeds the vials into a machine, while the 5ct cartons are erected in two lanes and placed on Schubert’s transport robot, Transmodul.

A compartment is glued onto the carton. A pick-and-place robot retrieves the incoming vials from the infeed conveyor and groups them upright on the Transmodul; the robot’s individual picks mean that there is no glass-to-glass contact.

From here, an F2 robot loads the 5-pack formation of pre-grouped vials into cartons as a tool tilts them into an upright position. Booklets are then fed to the magazine in two lanes, destacked, and loaded into cartons after a code check. The glued cartons are closed and placed on the outfeed conveyor.

Klaus Dierolf, group manager of Pharma Project Management, explains: “Line clearance basically means ensuring a streamlined, orderly work area to prevent product mix-ups. Pharmaceutical technicians have to carry out a line clearance after packaging a batch to ensure that all products have been removed from the machine before a new batch is started. This innovation prevents mixing.

“With our new vial machine, we have made fulfilling line clearance specifications more pharmaceutically compliant and user-friendly. Manufacturers also benefit from time savings during batch changeovers as well as a higher level of safety and reliability.”

“We are delighted that our machine for packaging vials is celebrating its premiere at ACHEMA,” adds Karin Kleinbach, head of Schubert Pharma’s Pharma Division. “It’s an ideal opportunity for us to showcase and explain the new table-top design to our customers.”

Additionally, information on the company’s collaboration with Faller Packaging, among other topics, will be available at the stand. Representatives from Schubert-Pharma will also be on hand to advise attendees about the company’s automated pharmaceutical packaging solutions; Faller Packaging can provide information about packaging materials; and cardboard samples from the partners’ collaborative efforts will be available at the stand.

Johannes Schubert, managing director of Schubert-Pharma, concludes: “When it comes to packaging solutions, we always provide our customers and interested parties with comprehensive support. They can rely on sound advice and take advantage of our first-class Schubert-Consulting service. On request, we can supply either complete machine solutions or semi-automated processes using our cobots. We look forward to welcoming many visitors to our stand.”

Schubert-Pharma will be available at Stand A95 in Hall 3.1. ACHEMA 2024 will take place between 10th and 14th June.

In similar news, IWK Packaging Systems‘ modular, horizontal cartoning machine, CH4, is designed to meet increased demand for such pharmaceutical packaging as pre-filled syringes, vials, and other delicate containers.

Thomas Fricke, IMA Pharma commercial director & IMA Safe Pharma & Cosmetic sales and marketing director, also spoke to us about its contribution to this year’s ACHEMA event, including its machinery portfolio and its digitalization, sustainability, and customer service solutions.

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