Bosch Packaging unveils new pharma filling and closing machine

21 March 2013 (Last Updated March 21st, 2013 18:30)

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched the newest member of its MLF filling and closing machine series for the pharmaceuticals industry.

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Bosch Packaging Technology has launched the newest member of its MLF filling and closing machine series for the pharmaceuticals industry.

The new MLF 5088, which offers an output of 400 vials per minute with integrated 100% in-process control (IPC), can fill and close injection bottles in a processing range of 2ml to 100ml.

Suited to process pharmaceuticals in aqueous and low-viscosity solutions, the machine features a combined filling station with eight dosing heads.

This is said to enable the machine to work either with piston, peristaltic or rolling diaphragm pumps, or a time-pressure filling system, covering up to 99% of all filling systems in use for pharmaceutical machines.

According to the German company, the MLF 5088 is apt for restricted access barrier systems (RABS) and isolators, and closed RABS (cRABS) for poisonous products and containment systems.

Bosch Packaging Technology product manager Dieter Bandtel said the company traditionally uses the machine for its FLC filling and closing machines.

"The experience of more than 200 machines showed us that this kind of stoppering is particularly reliable and safe," Bandtel said.

The machine weighs all vials directly before and after filling, determines the absolute filling weight by comparing both measurements and automatically adjusts the volume in case of deviating quantities.

As the MLF 5088 has a slim design and is completely accessible from the front even with a closed barrier.

The MLF 5088, which is equipped with a continuously working stoppering station, is suited for line integration and can be combined with an upstream washing machine and sterilisation tunnel and a downstream capping machine, the company said.


Image: Bosch's new MLF 5088 machine offers an output of 400 vials per minute; Photo: Courtesy of Bosch