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Achema 2015 2,600 capsules per minute: the new GKF capsule filling machine from Bosch New development according to customer requirements

  • High output of up to 156,000 capsules per hour
  • Fast process and product adaptations thanks to highly flexible machine platform
  • User-friendly handling at highest hygiene standards
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Frankfurt/Main, Germany – At this year’s Achema, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, launches the new capsule filling machine GKF 2600. This high-performance machine doses powders, pellet, tablets and liquids, as well as combinations precisely and reliably. An output of up to 2,600 capsules per minute can be achieved. “The newly developed GKF 2600 combines proven and new technologies at higher outputs,” Karl-Heinz Kappes, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology, underlines. “The machine is equipped with new filling technologies for different products, an optimized drive concept, significantly enhanced sensor technology for process control, as well as a demand-oriented containment concept.” Due to its extended machine platform and very good accessibility, the capsule filling machine can be adapted to fill different products in a very short time. Thanks to these characteristics, add-on modules can also be integrated quickly and easily.

New development with numerous expansion possibilities
The development of the new capsule filling machine is consistently based on the demands of the pharmaceutical industry and profits from the long-term experience of Bosch in capsule filling operations. “With its standard functions, the GKF 2600 fulfills the industry requirements regarding precise and reliable capsule filling. This includes, for instance, an automatic anti troubleshooting (ASB) function, as well as user-friendly handling with improved accessibility of the filling stations,” says Kappes. The optimized containment with more tightly sealed doors further ensures that the highest hygiene standards are maintained during production.

Apart from the standard functions, numerous options are available, such as the new capsule checkweigher KKE 2600 with enhanced product control. Additionally, the GKF 2600 can be upgraded with a feedback loop, which automatically regulates overfilling and underfilling of capsules via tendency control of the KKE. An inspection unit can further be integrated into the capsule filling machine. It conducts weight and quality inspections with x-ray technology and an x-ray sensor. “Reliable micro-dosing of powders is crucial, especially for highly effective products that require an exact medication,” Kappes explains. “The micro-dosing wheel of the GKF 2600 precisely processes products in a filling range of two to 30 milligrams.” Depending on customer requirements and product characteristics, the capsule filling machine can be upgraded for different containment requirements. “The combination of highly developed standard functions and versatile add-on possibilities makes the GKF 2600 a future-proof solution for a broader product spectrum,” Kappes concludes.

Bosch’s technologies are on display at Achema in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, from June 15 to 19, hall 3.1, booth C71.

Karl-Heinz Kappes
phone: +49 711 811-57255

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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