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High Capacity Sterile Filling Line High Capacity Sterile Filling Line Is a Masterpiece of Sophistication

Editor: Doris Neukirchen

A new isolator for sterile filling combines cleaning, sterilizing, filling & closing, monitoring and precision-counting magazining functions in one.

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Two dosing methods are available for the twelve-position filling station: valveless rotary piston pumps and a time/pressure dosing system in duplicate. (Pictures: Bausch+Ströbel)
Two dosing methods are available for the twelve-position filling station: valveless rotary piston pumps and a time/pressure dosing system in duplicate. (Pictures: Bausch+Ströbel)

What has to happen to achieve a top-class sterile filling process? Two things need to coincide: a discerning customer and engineers who know how to turn the customer’s vision into reality. And it happened four years ago at Bausch+Ströbel in Ilshofen/Germany, when an American pharmaceuticals company decided to place an order for a high capacity sterile filling line.

Now the line stands ready for delivery in the assembly area of the machine hall at Ilshofen and the engineers at Bausch+Ströbel and Skan, who built the isolator, are clearly very proud of their achievement. And with good reason, as not only does the machine contain a particularly high proportion of specially fabricated features but the pharmaceuticals customer is also particularly demanding when it comes to safety.

“In 20 years, we haven’t come across a customer who has subjected a line to such rigorous pre-testing,” comments Harald Reber, the Technical Sales Project Manager at Bausch+Ströbel. Even before the start of production, scheduled for the end of 2012, the tests alone consumed primary packing material to the value of € 2 million. And the next step is for engineers to travel from the USA to Ilshofen for some six months’ training on the line. This will involve conducting test runs on the line under authentic operational conditions and production runs with the actual product — an option which the customer believes to be very important, emphasizes Head of Construction, Werner Wieland.

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