New Filling System Handles Vial Sizes From 2R to 100H

Press Release Summary:

The Flexicon FPC60 is a new fill/finish system from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group. It has the ability to handle vial sizes between 2R and 100H at a throughput of up to 45 vials per minute.  The system features a horizontally mounted pump head that allows for one-handed interaction and menu-driven auto-adjust settings that require minimal intervention.  The FPC60 also has a data management system that is SQL server-based and accessible from any web device.

Original Press Release:

Uniquely Configurable Flexicon FPC60 Fill/Finish System Offers Production Flexibility

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has unveiled the new Flexicon FPC60 highly accurate peristaltic fill/finish system. A wide variety of modules are available for the system, allowing users to create their own bespoke filling solution to suit small-batch applications. The modules include vial infeed, filling, stoppering, capping, auto-reject, gas purging and product outfeed.

Capable of handling vial sizes between 2R and 100H the FPC60’s unique servo-driven auto adjustment allows for minimal tools and quicker set-up between batches. Moreover, when supplied with in-line check weighing, the FPC60 offers unique dynamic prime, no-intervention initial calibration and dynamic recalibration, meaning every vial, from first to last, is confirmed to be within specification. With the addition of dynamic prime, users will benefit from no loss of valuable product.


High speed, low downtime

With throughput of up to 45 vials per minute, and options for automatic segregation of rejects, speed is optimised and downtime kept to an absolute minimum. What’s more, highly accurate filling is assured from less than 0.2ml up to 100ml.

Designed for users seeking production flexibility, the entire FPC60 fluid path has been developed for single-use, making cleaning validation extremely simple, and facilitating fast changeover between liquid types. Further aiding ease-of-use, the new horizontally mounted pumphead allows simple, one-handed interaction, while operation requires minimal intervention with menu-driven, auto-adjust settings providing users with clear value in time and consistency between operators.


Advanced data management

Major functionality includes highly advanced data management and retrieval. Using a secure internet-based tool, the FPC60 allows remote operation from outside a cleanroom or distant location. With each batch recorded in full compliance with 21 CFR Part 11, this capability makes the FPC60 ideal for contract filling and development applications. The advanced data management system is SQL server-based and fully accessible from any web device.

Further advanced features of the FPC60 include the option for independent validation of force used during the capping process. If the capping force is less or more than specified, the vial is automatically placed in the reject station for further inspection.

The FPC60 is built to fit a small footprint with machine guarding as standard, while the integration of laminar airflow, restricted-access barrier systems or isolators is also available.

Flexicon has an excellent record in working to short and reliable delivery times, and providing seamless FAT and IQ/OQ tests, all of which helps to avoid costly project delays.

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