Bosch launches new filling and closing machine
10 October 2017
Bosch Packaging Technology has launched AFG 5000, a latest addition to its AFG series of filling and closing machines.
The company will be showcasing the AFG 5000 in Crailsheim from September 18 through 29, 2017.
The AFG 5000 filling and closing machine for pharmaceutical powders in glass vials is based on a single machine platform and can accurately fill both large and small amounts of powder.
Customers can choose between one filling point for an output of 160 containers per minute to three filling points for up to 480 vials per minute.
The vacuum-compressed-air filling system delivers high output even with small filling amounts. Customers can choose between statistical or 100% in-process control of dosing weights.
Apart from vertical design, the AFG 5000 has separate compact filling station and the intake and output, which reduces the space that must be cooled and cleaned with sterile, dry air.
Optional air-treatment system is another space-saving feature, which can be installed outside the sterile area.
All components can be easily disassembled for cleaning and sterilization, making the AFG 5000 easy to use and offering substantial savings in space and cost.
The AFG 5000 can be combined with upstream cleaning machines, sterilizing tunnels and downstream capping equipment, resulting in safe and reliable filling processes for pharmaceutical powders.
The new vertical transport system in the AFG 5000 has been designed to prevent idle time or bottlenecks.
The vials are transferred quickly and safely to the respective workstation by rotating carrier systems, also known as shuttles. The shuttles return to the infeed for the next transport run after the vials are sealed and taken out of the system.
Bosch Packaging Technology product manager Dieter Bandtel said: “During development, our main focus was on flexibility. To optimize efficiency, we have developed a new, flexible transport system for the AFG 5000.”
“While the vials are continuously fed into the machine, the transport system adjusts the speed of the following processes to precisely match the rhythm of the individual workstations,” Bandtel added.