Filling and Capping Machine suits pharmaceutical applications.

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With production rates of up to 120 pieces/min, ARF 1010/1020 offers pharmaceutically safe filling and closing of ampules and injection bottles. Unit includes 2 gassing stations, 2-position filling station, and digital flowmeter for reproduction of flame regulation to close ampules. Pivoting motion of removal grippers is towards back of machine, minimizing disturbance of laminar flow over opened ampule during melting. Optionally, unit can fill ampules and injection bottles in combination.



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Bosch Presents New Development ARF 1010/1020 for Filling of Ampoules and Injection Bottles in Combination



o Circular filling and capping machine with an indexing motion for opened and closed ampoules

o Filling of ampoules and injection bottles in combination available

o Designed for small batch industrial production with production rates up to 120 pieces per minute

At the Interpack 2011 Bosch Packaging Technology presents a compact machine for the pharmaceutically safe filling and closing of opened and closed ampoules. Optional, Bosch offers the filling of ampoules and injection bottles in combination. "The ARF 10x0 is the optimal solution for the small batch industrial production of ampoules, and can additionally be made a combination machine for the processing of injection bottles," explained product manager Klaus Schreiber. "The new design is characterized by its compact design, with very good accessibility and especially with a laminar flow friendly design of the working stations."

The ARF 10x0 for the filling and closing of opened ampoules; consists of 2 gassing stations (pre-filling and post-filling gassing), a two position filling station with servo controlled rotary valve piston pumps, and a digital flowmeter for the easy and thorough reproduction of the flame regulation for the closing of the ampoules. The ignition of the flame takes place automatically and can be easily activated from the machine's operator interface. The machine is loaded with ampoules or injection bottles via an inclined loading station. The containers are then singularized by a scroll conveyer loaded into the transport starwheel, which runs with an indexing motion. The starwheel gently transports the containers, in a low particle and laminar friendly way through the working stations.

The ampoules in the transport starweel at the closing station are taken by a special holder and rotated for closing. "This process takes place without a rigid bottom or side guides, which guarantees an almost frictionless rotation of the ampoules. This process is on one hand gentler on the packaging materials and the other hand reduces the particle generation," Klaus Schreiber pointed out. Another step towards higher pharmaceutical safety is the pivoting motion of the removal grippers towards the back of the machine. In this way the laminar flow over the opened ampoule during the closing (melting) is not disturbed. Also the central flame exhaust as well as the disposal shaft for the ampoule tips are arranged such that the laminar flow is affected as little a possible.

The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of packaging technology. In 16 countries worldwide it develops and produces complete systems in packaging and process technology for the pharmaceutical, confectionery and food industries. Customized system solutions complete the service package. Bosch Packaging Technology's sales and service teams operate worldwide. More information at www.boschpackaging.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, some 283,500 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 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 some four billion euros for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a "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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