Bosch underscores its position as full-range supplier for the pharmaceutical industry
Processing and packaging solutions from one source
At Interphex 2012 in New York City, Bosch Packaging Technology underscores its position as a full-range provider of process and packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. The company showcases an entire syringe filling line and presents its wide range of filling machines for capsules and vials as well as a fluid bed system and inspection technology.
Also on display: recent portfolio acquisitions from Hüttlin and Manesty, specialized in drying and granulation equipment from powder to the production of pharmaceuticals, tablet presses and coaters. Bosch's trade show presence is rounded out by comprehensive stock optimization services.
First US installation of FXS line
One of the exhibition highlights is the fully integrated FXS filling line for pre-sterilized syringes in nests, which will be installed later this year at Oso Bio, a US contract manufacturer. The line includes an ABO fully automated bag opener, an ATO fully automated tub opener and a FXS 3100 syringe filler. The combi-filling station allows the products to be filled with either traditional or single-use product paths, for example the PreVAS disposable dosing system. The combi system can be used with either rolling diaphragm or peristaltic pumps. The line further features an in-process automated checkweigh station. The reject station, which is situated outside of the aseptic filling zone, permits the targeted removal of only defective syringes.
Capsule Filler with Dosator
The capsule filler GKF 702 with dosator filling station makes its first trade show appearance in the US at Interphex. The filler is extremely flexible and is suited for all filling technologies currently in use. Most recently, dosator technology has been added as a dosing module to the GKF 702's portfolio. For laboratory use a specially designed filling station, known as the "Mini- Bowl", was developed for small batches between 100 and 300 milliliters. A "slide-gate" system is also available, virtually eliminating the gap between the dosing disk and the tamping ring. This provides significantly higher batch yields, reduced powder waste and the option of filling free-flowing granulates or pellets via the powder station. The successor to the GKF 701 has been adapted for the production of small to very small batches and laboratory applications, fully simulating all production parameters.
The GKF 702 filler is even more user-friendly, ergonomic and accessible and will be compatible with future line developments.
Last year, Bosch Packaging Technology acquired process technology manufacturers Hüttlin and Manesty. Bosch Packaging Technology Ltd. (previously Manesty), based near Liverpool, England, is known for the development of high-quality tablet press and tablet coating systems. Hüttlin, based in Germany, specializes in process equipment for the drying, granulation and coating of fine powders and pellets.
The Hüttlin "Unilab" fluid bed system is designed for batch sizes ranging from 0.2 to six kilograms. With its transparent glass cylinder, it is designed for process control and visibility. It is equipped as a mobile unit with operating panel, as well as process air equipment and circuit cabinet with integrated PLC (programmable logic controller) for separate installation.
The three-component spray nozzle ensures an optimum mixture and homogenous coating. The patented process gas distributor blade Diskjet prevents adhesion of the product and ensures reliable and reproducible processes. These processes can, in turn, be transferred to production equipment using the NexStep scale-up software.
Optimized stock for minimized expenses
Bosch's Interphex display is rounded out by additional product and service components, highlighting its status as a full-range provider. In addition to a track & trace solution and other aftermarket services, Bosch presents its new stock optimization concept for improved on-site spare parts availability. Bosch Packaging Services has developed a solution for a robust, long-term stock-management strategy. In keeping with the individual manufacturers' requirements and spare parts profile, Bosch identifies areas for optimization. The detailed analysis, based on the latest software technology, provides a quick and easy overview of existing and required stock, helps reduce capital investment and can ultimately lead to higher production efficiency and significant cost savings.
Bosch's innovations, products and services are on show at Interphex, May 1-3, 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, booth 2227.
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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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