While the pharmaceutical sector has progressed successfully in aseptic processing, it still struggles a lot when it comes to contamination issues. There is room for improvement in the sector. Like many other pharmaceutical sectors, aseptic processing has been transformed for some time now by several disruptive technologies. In this article, we will know about Robotic Innovation in the Aseptic Processing.
Having in mind several goals such as lowering costs, maintaining compliance and straightforward processes, the industry vendors are always looking for innovating solutions that will encompass the latest capabilities and trends.
One such vendor is Steriline from Italy. It is an established European manufacturer that highly specializes in the manufacture of aseptic processing products. The firm supplies its machines to pharmaceutical companies in the entire world. The company was formed in 1989 and had been looking to be the leader in the manufacture of aseptic processing products worldwide. Steriline aims at meeting the demands of consistent quality, improved efficiency, and safety for pharmaceutical products.
The company started by manufacturing depyrogenation tunnels and washing machines and later produced filling, capping machines, and isolators. Later on, the company started manufacturing robotic applications to make pharmaceutical processes even easier. The company engages the customers to ensure that the specific needs of every customer are addressed. Pharmaceutical could be mastering the aseptic processing, but updates and tweaks to the operations and equipment will tremendously improve the process.
Robots have been phenomenal in the department of packaging, but they are also becoming common in the filling process. Robotic Innovation is becoming more available since they have a lot of flexibility. They save time in changing the parts involved every minute or hour. With robots, change is done on only one parameter, and the entire production process changes.
Steriline has been at the forefront in manufacturing robots such as the Robotic Vial Filling machine. The industry has a growing need for the flexible manufacturing process, which drove the company to produce these robots.
Some analysts say that robots have both cons and pros. However, by critically analyzing the situation in a cost-benefit analysis, robotics prevents product waste, reduce downtime, and decrease waste in an organization. For example, with a vial that is not stoppered correctly, the robot will repeatedly try to complete the process.
Supposing it was in the traditional machine, the vial would have automatically been rejected and the entire content discarded. That would be a loss to the company, and they would also have to dispose of that waste, which would cost them money. By using a robotic, the vial goes back in a second cycle to be stoppered properly.
Future manufacturing processes of pharmaceuticals will include new technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and IoT. They are easily linked to the production process to improve efficiency, compliance, and the machines’ safety.
Robotics by Steriline
Steriline has been manufacturing robotics to assist in aseptic processing. These machines are quite efficient and time-saving as they perform the works faster with minimal waste produced.
Robotic Tray Loader
It is a machine-controlled tray loader that has a load capacity of 36 pieces every hour. The machine has a frame positioning that arranges the vials and transfers them to the tray via a SCARA robot. There is a quick changeover with this robot as it also has an electronic adjustment for the different vial sizes you may have. The loader will help a lot in the pharmaceutical sector in many companies.
Robotic External Decontamination Machine
It is an external vial washing machine built with high-pressure fluids used to wash the vials. The robotic has a washing capacity of around 3 vial pieces for every hour in the high-pressure fluids. The vials are transported using the SCARA Denso robot. This machine has a detergent agent washing available for cleaning the vials.
Robotic Tub Decontamination System
This decontamination system uses a robot to decontaminate tubs in the pharmaceutical industry. The robotic has the capacity to handle two tubs every minute. It is ideal for trays and also all the types of tubs you could be having. An ISO8 environment is ideal with this decontamination system whereby the tubs are decontaminated before they even get to the de-liner station.
Robotic Nest Filling Machine
It is a nest filling apparatus that is capable of filling 18 pieces per hour. The robotic has a minimum downtime, which means it is very effective and efficient. With the robotic, you can work with cRABS, oRABS, and isolators. It has automatic tub handling that uses a STAUBLI robot.
This robot also has a readily available combo line, encompassing nested syringes, cartridges, and vials. With the nest filling robot, you also get a manual or semi-automatic de-bagger station.
Aseptic processing has been taking shape in recent years, but robotic innovations have majorly been the biggest boost. With more updates and tweaks, the pharmaceutical industry will get better and better. These robotics from Steriline have proved to be more effective and complaint. They can work at a faster rate with minimal supervision and no losses due to wasted containers.