Bosch introduces new vial filling and closing machine


The MLF 8088 handles 400 vials a minute

Bosch Packaging Technology’s latest filling and closing machine, the MLF 5088, offers an output of 400 vials a minute with integrated 100% in-process control (IPC).

This newly developed member of the MLF series is able to fill and close injection bottles in a processing range of 2 to 100ml. The machine is suitable for processing pharmaceuticals in aqueous and low-viscosity solutions.

All vials are weighed before and after the filling station. By comparing both measurements, the absolute filling weight is determined. The machine automatically adjusts the volume in case of deviating quantities.

A new patent pending method places the containers very gently on the IPC scales. Due to the new slim design, the MLF 5088 is accessible from the front even with a closed barrier. Pumps, for instance, can be safely and easily inserted at the filling stations.

Another innovation is the MLF 5088’s container carrying and flow-friendly vial transport system, which is used in a 100% IPC machine for the first time. The vials are transported through the machine with format cells, which guarantees a safe handling of the containers.

The MLF 5088 features a combined filling station with eight dosing heads, which enables the machine to work either with piston, peristaltic or rolling diaphragm pumps, or a time-pressure filling system, thus covering up to 99% of all filling systems in use for pharmaceutical machines. A combination with different barrier systems is also possible.

The MLF 5088 is the first machine of its series that is equipped with a continuously working stoppering station.

‘We traditionally use these for our FLC filling and closing machines. The experience of more than 200 machines showed us that this kind of stoppering is particularly reliable and safe,’ said Dieter Bandtel, Product Manager at Bosch Packaging Technology.

The transfer from intermittent to continuous transport is accomplished with the help of a segment wheel.

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The MLF 5088 can be combined with an upstream washing machine and sterilisation tunnel and a downstream capping machine.