Global packaging technologies supplier Romaco has developed the new Macofar LF 200 liquid filling technology in a bid to address the pharmaceutical sector's growing demand for high-speed machines.
The machine achieves a maximum output of 200 bottles a minute, when it is installed in an in-line configuration with the Promatic PC 4200 continuous motion cartoner.
Claimed to be suited for processing pharmaceutical liquids of almost any viscosity, the Macofar LF 200 can be used to handle bottles of 16mm to 90mm in diameter and 35mm to 200mm in height with a filling volume of 0.5ml to 500ml.
The transport system, which shifts the containers through the individual stations on the line, can be adjusted to different packaging dimensions and designs, resulting in the reduction of downtimes for changing the product.
According to the German company, various options regarding the closure system are also provided by the new technology and plastic or aluminium screw caps can be enabled to be fitted with inserts such as pipettes or sprays.
As the cap feeding system is ergonomically mounted, the feeding and changeover processes are said to be simpler.
The cGMP-compliant balcony design of Macofar LF 200, which eliminates cross-contamination of all kinds, assures good access to all machine parts.
A servo-driven transfer station optimises and synchronises the process, in which the filled and capped bottles are transferred to the Promatic PC 4200 continuous motion cartoner, after the primary packaging has been completed.
Promatic, which has a maximum output of 200 packs a minute, collects the folding cartons through the suction cups, which are opened in an active movement resulting in lower mechanical loads on the packaging.
Romaco will exhibit its new technology at Pharmintech in Bologna, Italy, from 17-19 April 2013.
Image: Romaco's new Macofar LF 200 can be used to handle bottles of 16mm to 90mm in diameter and 35mm to 200mm in height.