Recent acquisitions extend portfolio
At FCE Pharma 2012 in São Paulo, Brazil, Bosch Packaging Technology showcases the equipment of its recent acquisitions in inspection and process technology, complemented by a variety of packaging solutions. This includes manual and semi-automatic inspection systems from Eisai Machinery, the Hüttlin Mycrolab and Unilab laboratory fluid bed systems, and the ARF 1010/1020 filling and closing machine for open and closed ampoules.
Inspection technology from basic to high-end
In April 2012, Bosch finalized the acquisition of the machinery business companies of Eisai Co., Ltd (hereafter Eisai Machinery). The portfolio ranges from basic inspection solutions to fully automated high-performance systems for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals. At FCE, Eisai Machinery presents manual inspection hoods for vials, ampoules, syringes and cartridges, as well as the APK visual observation tool for particle and container inspection. According to container sizes, it can be equipped with halogen or LED lighting, side and back light systems, adjustable spin speed and a high resolution camera. The APK is applied for laboratory inspection, sample sets and individual testing, and is suited for very small batches.
Cooperation with university for research purposes
Last year, Bosch Packaging Technology acquired two process technology manufacturers: Hüttlin, specialized in process equipment for drying, granulating and coating of fine powders and pellets, and Bosch Packaging Technology Ltd. (previously Manesty), known for the development of high-quality tablet press and coating systems.
At FCE Pharma, Bosch presents a Hüttlin Mycrolab laboratory fluid bed designed for batch sizes ranging from 0.05 to one kilogram. The laboratory device is exhibited in cooperation with the University of São Paulo, where it is used for students' research & development (R&D) as well as for training purposes in the classroom. The unit can be filled either manually or by pneumatic suction and is cleaned by means of compressed air.
Research data can optionally be transferred to and recorded on an external computer by use of the MycrOP software. "The equipment is very useful for our R&D activities and we have published some papers which include results from this research", said Prof. Dr. Humberto G. Ferraz from the pharmaceutical department of the University of São Paulo.
According to the same construction principle, the larger multi-purpose laboratory fluid bed device Hüttlin Unilab processes batch sizes of 0.2 to six kilograms. Its transparent glass cylinder offers high process control and visibility. The spraying system of the three-component nozzle ensures an optimum mixture and homogeneous coating. Adhesion of the product is prevented by the patented process gas distributor blade Diskjet. The reproducible results can be transferred to production equipment with the NexStep software.
Latin American debut for the ampoules filling machine ARF 1010/1020 The ARF 1010/1020 filling and closing machine makes its first trade show appearance in Latin America. The rotary platform is designed for filling and closing of open and closed ampoules and can optionally be transformed into a combined filling machine for ampoules and injection vials. The flexible layout easily allows for the retrofitting and upgrading of working stations. With output rates of up to 120 products per minute, the ARF 1010/1020 was developed for the industrial production of small batches. The compactly designed machine is easily accessible and offers laminar flow friendly working stations. Gentle container transportation and 100 percent in-process weight control contribute to high quality assurance and increased safety during production.
Bosch's products and services are on show at FCE Pharma, May 29-31, 2012 at Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil, Aisle M - booth M26.
The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of processing and packaging technology. In more than 15 countries worldwide it develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceutical, food and confectionery industries. The comprehensive service portfolio completes the package. The worldwide sales and service network offers local contacts. More information at www.boschpackaging.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
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