Blister Packaging Machines Reduce Changeover Time

June 17, 2015

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The Noack 900 Series of blister machines from Romaco have high levels of automation with servo and automated controls to ensure operator-independent precision. The Noack 930 model can produce up to 480 blisters per minute in a maximum of four rows within a forming area of 155x180 mm, and the Noack 960 model can produce up to 700 blisters per minute with up to six rows, with a maximum forming area of 225x180 mm. Both are capable of a forming depth of up to 12 mm. Both blister machines can be supplied with either platen or rotary sealing. The machines have a balcony structure that ensures cGMP compliance, as well as integrated track-and-trace and containment solutions.

The machines’ ergonomic design incorporates plug-and-play devices for convenient handling and easy assembly as well as reduced format sets, resulting in quick product changes and lower purchasing costs. The 900 Series’ tooling’s lightweight construction allows quicker release of format parts. QuickFeed is an interchangeable feeding system allowing product changeovers to be completed in seconds. With a second feeding unit installed, the ensuing batch can be produced seamlessly while, in parallel, the first unit can be cleaned and retooled.

Using Romaco’s QuickChange design, complete changeovers can be carried out in less than 30 minutes. The automatic station control system, QuickAdjust, provides continuous adjustment of sealing, coding perforation, and cutting for short run-in times and consistent processes. QuickTransfer uses a servo-driven blister transfer whereby blisters are fed directly to the cartoner’s bucket chain. This feature also incorporates a servo-controlled de-stacking independent of specific blister formats, as well as in-process control without interrupting production. QuickClean reduces cleaning times through improved access and surfaces without edges and corners designed to eliminate entrapment of product. QuickAdmin improves reproducible processes using a huma-machine interface with intuitive visualization and navigation, while QuickControl assures maximum production safety along with track and trace, audit trail, and batch records.