PharmTech's monthly newsletter, Equipment and Processing Report, reviews the Editor's Picks for the September 2012 edition from Uhlmann Packaging Systems and GE Healthcare.
Uhlmann Packaging Systems
Integrated blister and carton module features simplified changeover
Uhlmann Packaging Systems’ Blister Express Center 500 (BEC 500) is a double-lane, integrated blister and carton module that can process up to 500 blisters and 500 cartons per minute, which makes it ideal for packaging medium-sized batches of standard, solid-dose products. The flexible machine is available with rotary or platen sealing and can produce complex shapes, rigid aluminum pockets, calendar packs, and other nontraditional packages. Between runs, the machine features a newly simplified changeover process that allows a single person to completely reset the entire line in just 30 minutes without the use of tools. Uhlmann’s new SmartControl operating system offers step-by-step guidance through the entire format changeover.
Modular, prefabricated bioprocessing facility reduces construction time and capital investment compared to traditional facilities
GE Healthcare’s KUBio modular, 1200-m2 bioprocessing facility is prefabricated and delivered with a complete, ready-to-use production line that is based on GE Healthcare’s Ready-to-Process single-use technologies. The total planning, delivery, and construction time of the facility is 14–18 months, which is significantly less than the 24–36 months needed for traditional construction. Capital investment is also significantly reduced.