Medical devices and sensitive products place the highest demands on pack quality and secure packaging processes. Since the trend in the medical sector towards greater product individualisation, complexity and variety continues unabated, leading increasingly to ever smaller batch sizes, Multivac will be presenting at Medtec Live 2020 a number of flexible solutions for packing small product series reliably and efficiently. Another focus at the trade fair will be identification and inspection systems, which make a major contribution to higher levels of product and patient safety.
From its traysealer range Multivac will be showing the semi-automatic T 260 traysealer, which was specially developed for the high demands of the medical devices industry. The features of this compact machine are its precise temperature control and distribution, as well as its highly controlled sealing pressure, and it therefore offers the maximum level of pack quality, reproducibility and process reliability.
Other exhibits include the C 300 TC chamber machine, which enables sterile products to be packed very securely in pre-made pouches. All models of the TC series are equipped with a temperature-controlled and permanently heated sealing bar, which means that the processes can be calibrated and validated. The user-friendly machine control offers a wide range of software options, such as for example the reading of production data.
Another trade fair highlight will be the presentation of an identification and inspection system, which makes a significant contribution to meeting the statutory requirements for patient safety. The UDI regulations (Unique Device Identification) require medical products to be marked and identified uniquely. The MDR (Medical Device Regulation) also redefines the role of the manufacturer or distributor, who is now responsible for the integrity of the medical product up to the point of use.
The R 245 thermoforming packaging machine, which is capable of being freely configured, will be used to demonstrate the product marking and the visual inspection of the print image. This highly flexible machine model can be used to securely pack a wide range of batch sizes in many different formats and packaging materials. It can also be equipped very easily with other system components, such as for example automated handling modules.
All the machines to be shown at the trade fair are cleanroom-compatible, and they meet all the statutory requirements as well as the GMP, GAMP5 and ISO guidelines.
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Fully automatic labelling of shock absorbers
The RSA Series Labelling System has been designed to identify suspension springs with the appropriate load class based on an individual load measurement result. The system receives the measurement results from the upstream system. The system is available as single or double cycle variant (depending on the required throughput).
The variable data are printed with the respective data by a label printing dispenser (with double cycle variant of 2 label printing dispensers) before application. The currently printed label is always applied. The labels can be printed in one or more colours.
Simple linear axes, single- or twin-robot systems are used as handling systems. Since the labels are normally wider than the distance between the threads, the label is preformed as a U before it is applied to reach the labelling position before it is placed around the thread and finally fixed as a flag label. At the outlet of the line, the data is captured by an inspection system and compared with the original measurement results.
1 billionth alu-free pack
Uptake grows for low-carbon aluminium-free solution
SIG’s Combibloc Eco Plus, the world’s first and only aluminium-free aseptic carton, has hit the major milestone of 1 billion packs filled. With the launch of Combibloc Eco Plus, SIG disrupted the market by eliminating the need for an aluminium foil barrier layer in aseptic beverage cartons for the first time, significantly reducing environmental impact. Strong and growing demand for this solution is supporting SIG’s ambition to go Way Beyond Good by helping to create a sustainable food supply system that puts more into the environment and society than it takes out. The 1 billionth pack was filled by DMK Group, Germany’s largest dairy cooperative. As an early adopter of Combibloc Eco Plus, DMK Group has played a decisive role in the success story of this low-carbon aseptic packaging solution for the dairy market.
Delivering for the environment
Aseptic beverage cartons already offer a significantly lower environmental footprint than alternative types of packaging due to their high proportion of renewable materials, light weight and efficient design. Combibloc Eco Plus cuts environmental impact even further by using an innovative composite structure to protect the contents without the need for aluminium foil. The pack is made up of 82% renewable paperboard – sourced from FSC-certified sustainable sources. The result is a 28 % lower carbon footprint than a conventional SIG carton in the same format, as shown by an independent lifecycle assessment by the independent Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU). SIG is the only company offering an aseptic carton pack without aluminium. Combibloc Eco Plus showcases the company’s commitment to sustainable innovation as it drives progress towards its Way Beyond Good ambition. The innovative aluminium-free structure also forms the basis for Signature Pack 100, the world’s first pack aseptic pack linked to 100% renewable materials.
Broad market appeal
Climate change has become a mainstream topic for consumers and SIG’s low-carbon Combibloc Eco Plus solution is helping customers meet growing demand for more sustainable packaging. Both sustainable and economic, Combibloc Eco Plus appeals across all categories from premium organic to price entry commodity, brands and private labels alike. Combibloc Eco Plus can be filled on standard beverage filling machines from SIG with a simple change to the filling parameters.
„Combibloc Eco Plus works for customers and for the planet,” said Frederic Faber, Marketing Account Manager D-A-CH at SIG. “It combines environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness like no other aseptic carton pack available on the market. This unique combination has made Combibloc Eco Plus appealing to SIG customers across a broad market spread, from premium brands to private labels“.