For the first time, MULTIVAC is now able to offer its own solution for the automatic infeed of pre-filled syringes, and this solution can be integrated seamlessly into a packaging line.
The R 081 is characterised by its process reliability, cleanroom suitability, ease of operation and high level of flexibility. Thanks to its length of approx. 3 metres, it is very compact in its dimensions and therefore also ideal for use in environments with limited space. Its main area of use is packaging sterile medical products in small batch sizes or for test markets.
With a maximum output of 15 cycles per minute, the R 081 is able to run rigid and flexible films as well as Tyvek® and paper-based packaging materials with a total web thickness of up to 400 μm.
It can be equipped with evacuation and gas flushing systems, and can therefore also be used for producing vacuum packs or packs with modified atmosphere and controlled residual oxygen content.
A new feature is the servo-driven 4-post lifting units, which provide a high level of closing force and ensure sealing pressure is distributed evenly. They guarantee a consistently high level of sealing quality and therefore increase the pack security. Thanks to MULTIVAC’s proven slide-in technology for dies, changing the forming and sealing dies is simple, fast and reproducible.
The R 081 is available in different machine widths, enabling the formats to be laid out flexibly. In the case of cut-off lengths between 100 and 200 mm, a maximum forming depth of 60 mm is possible, while a maximum forming depth of 80 mm can be produced with cut-off lengths between 210 and 300 mm.
The equipment options include various printing, labelling and monitoring systems, as well as validation, calibration and solutions for discharging the finished packs.
The system is suitable for pre-filled glass and plastic syringes with or without hollow needles. With a handling speed of up to 300 syringes per minute, the system ensures syringes are fed to the thermoforming packaging machine in a controlled and reliable process. The system is designed for syringes with a diameter of 6.5 to 25 mm and a length of 70 to 150 mm.
The delicate products are held hanging vertically by their flanges as they are transported to the actual loading system by means of a product infeed conveyor. The syringes arrive on transport rails at a star wheel, where they are separated and orientated. The vertical syringes are then aligned horizontally. The star wheel transfers the syringes to a servo-driven trapezoidal belt. There they are taken up by a pick-and-place robot and deposited in the formed pack cavities of the thermoforming packaging machine.
The infeed system guarantees a controlled infeed process and offers a high degree of flexibility with the option of easy and fast conversion between various syringe and carrier formats. The star wheel and trapezoidal belt can be replaced in a short time without the use of tools – this reduces downtimes, thus increasing the efficiency of the entire system. Control is user-friendly and safe via the HMI of the thermoforming packaging machine.