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Vacuum sterilizer ADV for porous loads and liquid products Universally applicable solution by Bosch

  • Vacuum and steam/air mixture on one machine
  • Flexible recipe editors for individually adjustable parameters
  • Designed for application in pharmaceutical and biotechnical industry, as well as in research institutes and laboratories
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  • August 06, 2012
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The sterilizer ADV of Bosch Packaging Technology is suited for vacuum sterilization of porous loads, as well as for sterilization of liquids according to the steam/air mixture process. The combination of both processes on one machine offers high flexibility and underlines the competence of Bosch in product and equipment sterilization.

Up to 99.9 percent availability
Schoeller-Bleckmann Medizintechnik (SBM), located in Ternitz, Austria, is a subsidiary of Bosch Packaging Technology and draws on over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. The autoclave sterilization portfolio includes standard modules as well as customized solutions for the pharmaceutical sterilization of products and equipment. “Our systems achieve an availability of up to 99.9 percent for the sterilization of single-use contact lenses,” explained Alfred Kaliwoda, General Manager of SBM. “With the sterilizer ADV, we combine our core competencies in an especially flexible and versatile machine which ensures high availability and process security.”

The steam/air mixture process is used for the sterilization of liquids in open, semi-closed and closed containers. It is characterized by dry removal of the containers from the sterilizer. During the sterilization process, the steam/air mixture is circulated inside the chamber by ventilators, and a homogenous temperature distribution is achieved. Internal heat exchangers circulate sterile air for cooling. During the entire process, counter-pressure is maintained in the chamber to prevent damages to the product. At the end of the cycle, dry removal of the load is possible.

The vacuum process is especially suited for sterilizing machine parts, filters, rubber stoppers and equipment. Rigid and porous loads, as well as machine cavities can be sterilized using the steam/vacuum process. Pre-vacuum steps ensure the elimination of air from the chamber. Heating and sterilizing is achieved by saturated steam. Depending on the load, this step is followed either by a drying vacuum or jacket cooling.

Universally applicable combination
The sterilizer, type ADV, unites equipment sterilization via vacuum process with product sterilization via steam/air mixture process. The combination of these two processes offers highest flexibility: the sterilizer can be used for almost any product and is also suited for the development of new products. Flexible recipe editors enable quick and individual adjusting of parameters. The ADV has been developed for research institutes and laboratories, as well as for the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries. It sterilizes goods packed in blisters, machine parts, contact lenses, blood bag systems and nested glass syringes, ampoules and vials, and glass or plastic bottles. “With this combination as standard solution, we have consequently expanded the market position of Bosch in pharmaceutical sterilization,” emphasized Alfred Kaliwoda.

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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