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.
For more details, visit www.esstechnologies.com