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Achema 2012 Bosch showcases new rod insertion and labeling machine for syringes Integrated backstop increases safety

  • Improved handling and precise labeling
  • Flexible line integration and upgrade of existing machines
  • Extensive syringe handling and processing equipment portfolio
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  • May 23, 2012
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At Achema 2012 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Bosch Packaging Technology presents the new rod insertion and labeling machine RIL 3060B at its booth (C70, C72) in hall 3.1. Bosch has further developed its well-proven RIL series. The new RIL 3060B model offers very fast handling and is equipped with an integrated backstop assembly that significantly increases the safe usage of syringes for end-consumers. The syringes are delivered to the rod insertion and labeling machine from the filling line and a plunger is inserted. This is performed by gently inserting the rod into the plunger without moving it. With the new integrated backstop assembly, an additional backstop can be automatically attached to the syringe flange. Backstops are used to protect the plunger from being pulled out of the barrel, for instance during retraction, and to improve syringe handling during administration. The backstop assembly station substantially improves the handling of syringes and ensures increased safety for the end-user.

Addition to well-proven RIL series
The RIL series consists of integrated systems for the insertion of plunger rods into syringes and precise application of labels. Like all RIL machines, the new RIL 3060B complies with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and guarantees high process safety while requiring only minimal configuration. A segmentation wheel allows a continuous flow of syringes and achieves increased production capacity. Total torque control enables precise screwing of the rods into the plungers, ensuring the product’s sterility during the entire handling process. The plunger rod is gently guided into the plunger by a pressure-controlled air cylinder. Horizontal syringe transport ensures very gentle product handling. No adjustments are required for format changeovers.

The system also detects the presence of preprinted labels which are precisely attached to the syringes. Syringes that are labeled correctly continue down the line for further handling, while syringes with incompletely or possibly incorrectly printed labels are rejected. For comprehensive quality assurance, the rod inserter and labeler features a number of controls, including checks on proper rod placement and tip-cap presence. The RIL 3060B offers many further options, such as a general reject or dedicated reject stations to classify and trace different fault types. Further options include locking doors, integrated in-process control, and additional format sets for an even higher handling flexibility. Label dispensers with conventional printers or laser printing facilities can also be included for online coding of labels. To avoid unnecessary waste, a defective label detection and rejection system can optionally be installed.

The new feature further enhances Bosch’s extensive portfolio for the handling and processing of syringes. All processes of the new system are performed on the same machine. The new integrated backstop assembly only requires the addition of a small bowl feeder to the existing layout. Even though a further step is added to the process, the line speed is not slowed down. On the contrary: the new RIL 3060B handles up to 300 syringes per minute with six mounting stations. It can process a range of syringe formats from 0.5 up to 20 milliliters, with a maximum length of 150 millimeters. All existing RIL 300 machines can be retrofitted with the new backstop assembly station which can also be flexibly integrated into existing filling and packaging lines.

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,200 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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