Volume reducing case sealer wins Innovation prize

Raupack has recently taken on the Agency for Opitz Maschinentechnik who in 2016 won an innovation award for their Volume Reducing Case Sealer, the Vario 558. This volume reducing case sealing machine will close cases of differing footprint and heights on the fly.

Raupack has recently taken on the Agency for Opitz Maschinentechnik who in 2016 won an innovation award for their Volume Reducing Case Sealer, the Vario 558.

The growth of internet orders has seen a growth in the dispatch of packages of unpredictable dimensions making flexibility the new manta. The resulting required flexibility has often meant that automation is cost prohibitive. This is because automatic case sealers need to be able to handle packages of different footprints and heights. Further, for dispatch operations to minimise costs dead space inside the box needs to be eliminated so that costly backfill products are no longer needed and shipping costs are reduced. The environmental and financial benefits of these material reductions are self-evident. The Opitz volume reducing box sealer provides is a machine that pays: both to the customer and the environment.

The Vario 588 meets the challenges set by Logistic and dispatch operations for both flexibility and presentation:

Flexible Case Sealing – One size fits all!

One size fits all now applies to the Vario 588. This volume reducing case sealing machine will close cases of differing footprint and height on the fly. This makes it ideal for dispatch operations where the case sizes are constantly varying.

The vario 558 volume reducing case closer is used in industries from Electronic components to Clothing
The vario 558 volume reducing case closer is used in industries from Electronic components to Clothing

Good looking packages

The Vario 588 Case sealer automatically measures the height of the contents of the case and cuts the box down to just above the level of the contents. The taping mechanism moves locate the tape line over the flap edge. The result is a case that looks professional. The ability to cut down the case height allows the dispatch operation to reduce the number of case sizes that need to be stocked.

Good Looking Cases. The taper moves to cover the flap edge
Good Looking Cases. The taper moves to cover the flap edge

Self-adhesive or Gummed Tape

Opitz has a history in gummed tape application. A gummed tape bonds natively to the cases fibres and forms a seal suitable for air freight. The finish is attractive, can be printed and recycled. The Vario 588 volume reducing box closing machine can be supplied with either Gummed tape or self-adhesive tape.

Flexibility is part of Opitz Maschinentechnik’s DNA.  Their machine range can be adapted to suit the size of the box as required. Other products from Opitz include the GO 795 family of case erectors. These can be fitted with multiple magazines to allow different size cases to be erected on the fly making them the natural partner of the Vario 588 box volume reducer.

Rohrer Develops RS570 Small Scale Sterile Blister Sealing Machine

Rohrer has recently built the RS570 small scale sterile blister sealing machine to package High Potency drugs. The RS570 small scale sterile blister sealing machine is designed for manual blister sealing in containment. Unlike its sister the R560 the RS570 is designed fully cGMP for sterile packing applications. Containment solution with Glove ports allow the operator to place seal products on small batch runs.

Rohrer has recently built the RS570 small scale sterile blister sealing machine to package High Potency drugs. The RS570  small scale sterile blister sealing machine is designed for manual blister sealing in containment. Unlike its sister the R560 the RS570 is designed fully cGMP for sterile packing applications. Containment solution with Glove ports allow the operator to place seal products on small batch runs.

Rohrer RS570 Sterile Blister Sealing Machine
Rohrer RS570 Sterile Blister Sealing Machine

The R560 or R760 machines can be used to form the blister trays. The Formed trays and products to be filled are placed manually into the containment. The operator then fills the trays and seals them inside the RS570. In order to operate the sealing head the operator has to press buttons with both hands. This ensures that he cannot trap himself in the sealing station.

Rohrer RS570 Sterile Blister Machine Sealing Station
Rohrer RS570 Sterile Blister Machine Sealing Station

Once the blister trays have been filled and sealed inside the containment the products can be removed from the RS570. The R560 that formed the trays can be re-tooled with a Punch Perforation tool and used to punch the Sealed Blister Trays.

The RS570 has been used to fill powders, liquid and tablets.

The sealing area of the RS570 matches the 184 x 119 mm of the R560 and R760 machines.

The Choice is yours – containment customised to your requirements

The containment for the RS570 small scale sterile blister sealing machine depend on the specific requirements of the products and process. For single products where cleaning is limited a Flexible containment as shown above is relatively cost effective. The Skin of the containment act as a disposable skin that would need to be replaced to run a different product.
A fixed containment would allow for cleaning.
Glove ports are standard for any containment solution. However options such as sleuths, RTP and the full range of containment accessories are available. The image below shows the RS570 with fixed containment, glove ports, sleuths and RTP:

Rohrer RS570 small scale blister sealing machine with fixed containment
Rohrer RS570 small scale blister sealing machine with fixed containment

 

Sterile Blister Sealing for Small Batches

The RS570 is the missing relative of the Rohrer Family of Machinery. It fills the Gap between the recently launched R950HP fully automatic Blister Machine in High containment and the update of the small scale “Table Top”  R550 to the R560 blister machine.

R550 as the R560
Rohrer R560 Table Top Blister Machine Sliding Table

The R560 can be used to manufacture small blister batches. The Tooling is manually changed to allow forming, sealing and punching to take place on the same machine. It’s the ideal companion for small batches. Tooling available includes nitrogen purge tooling and one step sealing punching tools.

Small but Powerfull

The Rs570 is fitted with all the standard controls of a machine. All functions are controlled via a HMI (Human-Machine-Interface), basically a touch-screen computer which also ensures monitoring of all process parameters. Data logging can be integrated as well. The RS570 meets the requirements of CFR21 part 11 and Annex 11.

Upscaling

The RS570 can be semi-automated to allow some automation of the blister handling functions in the Blister station. The scope of any automation can be tailored to your specific requirements.