Bosch Packaging Technology has introduced a new KLV series solution under its portfolio of container closure integrity testing (CCI) technologies to help detect vacuum leaks in rigid glass containers.

Specially developed for vials, the new KLV 1360 solution is designed to conduct high-voltage leak detection and laser-based headspace analysis.

Using improved measuring technology, the machine can measure leaks equivalent to hole sizes of less than 5μm.

Capable of inspecting between 250 and 600 containers a minute, the KLV 1360 can check up to three containers simultaneously in one chamber when conditions have been optimised.

Bosch Packaging Technology product group head Dr Jérôme Freissmuth said: “In the pharmaceutical industry, non-destructive CCI technologies are becoming increasingly important.

“Even the smallest leaks can be highly hazardous for patients. The active ingredient could alter, administering the medication could lead to serious side effects as a result of non-sterility, or the medication could become ineffective.

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“Furthermore, non-destructive integrity testing protects pharmaceutical manufacturers against the loss of valuable medication, since the container remains intact during testing.”

KLV 1360 also features an integrated robotic system, which feeds containers that require inspection into the process and adds reference samples for internal process control.

"Non-destructive integrity testing protects pharmaceutical manufacturers against the loss of valuable medication, since the container remains intact during testing."

Offering automatic re-inspection, the machine allows only the tested containers to depart from its process.

In order to achieve improved product and closure quality, KLV 1360 does not hold the containers from above. It uses a slightly slanted transport system to remove the containers from the inspection chamber sideways.

A star-wheel system has also been included to ensure gentle transportation through the system with minimal wear and tear.

The system’s modular construction has enabled various facilitates to install the machine at their existing lines.

Image: Bosch’s new KLV 1360 solution for vials detection. Photo: courtesy of Robert Bosch.