Telstar launches automatic vial format change system

12-Jul-2022

The new systems has been designed for freeze-drying loading and unloading processes

Telstar has launched its newly created automatic vial format change system for freeze-drying loading and unloading processes.

The Smart Format is a complete solution that does not require any type of manual intervention when format change is needed and allows for the reduction of manual operations inside the aseptic area.

Under the name Smart Format, the new system allows for the transportation of vials using a mobile platform that is configured to fit a wide range of vial sizes during the freeze-drying loading & unloading process. Smart Format also facilitates the reduction of manual operations inside the aseptic area, while contributing to removing risks of cross-contamination in the pharmaceutical manufacturing process.

The invention is designed to adjust the conveyor width to the vial size in an automatic manner

Multiple formats that must be manually changed can now be replaced by one unique solution designed to automatically adapt to the vial diameter without the need to disrupt the isolation process, while assuring the sterility level without repeating cleaning or decontamination processes of the transport system for each different format.

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The invention is designed to adjust the conveyor width to the vial size in an automatic manner, during its movement on the loading/unloading conveyor. This system is made up of different modules that interact and connect various blocks of transition, straight sections, and corners that can be combined in any possible way to form a complete loading and unloading line. With a setting range between 2R and 100R, the Smart Format system acts with precision. Based on a mechanism that transforms the rotary movement into a linear motion, actuators and the guiding system are mounted below the conveyor structure. It is an easily cleanable and sterilisable system, without bellows.

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Designed to preserve the integrity of the product under aseptic conditions, the new Smart Format responds to the new standards of good manufacturing practices on sterile medicines production demanded by the last version of the EU GMP Annex 1.

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