Toploader packages delicate pharmaceutical products.

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Suited for packaging vials, syringes, and ampoules, Toploader features double axis robot that loads trays from front and back of machine. Transportation unit fixes trays with vacuum suction applied from underside of tray, enabling processing of different formats without modification. Camera system or barcode verification control content of packaging at every stage, while ejection appliances separate damaged or defective products and catch them in drawers below tray transport system.

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New Compact Toploader from Sigpack Systems

Features Innovative Tray Transport

100% process control via code verification and camera systems

Simplified line clearance through Balcony design

Tray transport with vacuum technology offers high format flexibility

Sigpack Systems, a Bosch Packaging Technology company, has developed a new toploader for the packaging of delicate pharmaceutical products such as vials, syringes and ampoules. The compact design of the toploader is based on the rotation principal allowed by the assembly of the units (U-form). The space-saving double axis robot loads the trays during the packaging process from both the front and back of the machine. This allows op­timized process efficiency, reduces machine footprint, and leads to a reduction in overall operation costs.

Removing fixed tray holding appliances greatly increases production effi­ciency. The transportation unit's innovative technology fixes the trays with vacuum suction applied from the underside of the tray and enables the processing of different formats without the need for laborious modification and the associated downtime. The content of the packaging is controlled at every single stage of the process through using either a camera system or barcode verification. This guarantees total control over content and packaging. Ejection appliances separate damaged or defective products immediately and catch them in drawers below the tray transport system. The balcony design of the system facilitates this drawer system and speeds up traceability during line clearance when separating products. This feature is particularly important in the case of toxic or expensive pharmaceuticals.

The toploader is able to place a range of product like syringes, vials, ampoules, and package inserts into a single packaging unit. The gripper technology of the double axis delta robot works to place even delicate products into the carrier with the precision fragile operations require. The quick coupler of the coded gripper on the robotic arms enables a rapid and simple adjustment to other products and formats. Modular expansion of the equipment such as additional process or robotic line components can be accomplished quickly and cost effectively.

"The toploader fully complies with the demanding security requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. The overall concept is consistent with the rotation principle's space saving design, offering high flexibility of packaging formats, supporting quick line clearance" says Renee Kummer product manager.

About Bosch Packaging Technology

Bosch Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers for holistic systems for packaging and process technol­ogy. In 15 countries worldwide the company develops, produces and distributes modules and systems for the pharmaceutical, confectionery, and cosmetics industries, as well as other food and non-food industries. In 2008, 4,650 associates achieved a turnover of approximately 700 million euros. Learn more at

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, some 282,000 associates generated sales of roughly 45 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2008. 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. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3 billion euros for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 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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