Complete Filling, Capping, and Tray Loading System for Micro Vials to Run at Interphex 2015

ESS Technologies Inc. will be running its automated system for filling, capping, and tray loading micro vials at Booth 3154 at Interphex 2015 April 21-23 in New York City. The system operates at a rate of up to 60 vials per minute or 120 per minute (dual pitch) thanks to an ESS Model MB 25 Mini Monoblock Filler/Capper coupled with an ESS TaskMate Robotic Tray Loading System.

ESS reports that the MB 25 offers a range of filling options for liquids, powders, and creams. The mini Monoblock also handles a wide variety of closure types, including screw-on caps, push-on caps, and stoppers.

Micro vials can be manually fed to the MB 25, or an automatic micro vial feeding system can be installed. A two-stage servo driven capping system first picks and places a cap and applies a slight amount of pre-torque to seat it. The starwheel then indexes the micro vial to the final torque station where a pre-programmed amount of torque is applied. A pick-and-place system discharges the micro vials onto a conveyor. The MB 25 can be ordered with an optional net weigh filling system to ensure the precise filling of small amounts of liquid.

"No-bottle, no-fill, no-cap" sensors prevent filling in the case of a missed micro vial.

Micro vials are then conveyed to an ESS TaskMate Robotic Tray Loading System, which integrates a FANUC M-1iA robot fitted with ESS-designed end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to pick filled and capped micro vials. Custom vacuum-style EOAT handles two vials at a time. The high speed robotic system allows both the Monoblock Filler/Capper and the tray loader to run at the desired production speed.

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