Germany-based Bosch Packaging Technology has unveiled a new filling and closing machine, the ALF 5000, for ampoules and injection bottles.

With its improved pharmaceutical design, the ALF 5000 can produce up to 600 ampoules per minute.

The system’s machine table top is built without steps and interfering edges to enhance its sealing capabilities.

Furthermore, the ALF 5000 features enhanced accessibility to ensure easy and reliable cleaning.

The new machine is also available in a left-hand version, which allows optimal adaption to existing production sites and workflows, such as internal itineraries.

Bosch Packaging Technology product manager Tobias Göttler said: "Not only regarding its output, the new ALF 5000 is situated in the high-performance range.

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"During the development process, we put special emphasis on even higher process safety.

"For instance, the ampoule heads are removed sidewards during closing instead of from above."

"During the development process, we put special emphasis on even higher process safety."

A carrying rake transport system can be used to slightly lift glass containers to prevent them from rubbing against the ALF 5000’s guide.

Bosch noted that all existing filling applications, including peristaltic pump or time-pressure-filling systems, can be used with the new machine.

A combi version of the ALF 5000 processes injection bottles as well as ampoules, increasing flexibility for drug manufacturers and contract packers.

The new filling and closing machine is available in different infeed and outfeed versions, as well as suitable for wall mounting and integration into barrier systems.

The ALF 5000 can also be combined with upstream and downstream equipment to form a complete line.

Image: The new ALF 5000 can produce up to 600 ampoules per minute. Photo: courtesy of Bosch.