Fedegari’s Appearance at Conference Lab Conversion Industry 4.0

Fedegari Global Plants Director, Marco Gonnella was interviewed while taking part at the roundtable ‘MANUFACTURING 4.0’ promoted by Conference Lab, last November 12th in Milan.

The participants at Conference Lab discussed the results of the Industry 4.0 plan. Among the topics covered, also the relationship between automation and people.

Conference Lab Interview

“On the one hand, we are introducing new machinery in compliance with 4.0 industry aimed at collecting data and using data analysis to improve production and efficiency. On the other hand, Fedegari is reconverting the plant, which is a historic factory since our company has 60 years of tradition. For this reason it is important to deal with targeted retrofitting, so that the integration of the new machines within the plant operations can be done at 360 degrees”, explained Gonnella.

Does investing in new machinery and automation mean reducing jobs?

‘Clearly, companies must commit themselves to progressively eliminate all those tasks that are unsustainable when considering the quality of staff working life. On the other hand, it is necessary to face a requalification of personnel, where activities of low added value could very easily be replaced by automation phenomena. Personnel, if properly trained, can certainly find space within the company’, concludes the manager.

Revamp your old Quality Control equipment

Your old machinery can be upgraded with the latest generation technology to increase machine life and achieve higher performance in terms of productivity, include remote access & increase autonomy of maintenance; all of this with no downtime?  

Bonfiglioli Engineering, the worldwide leader in quality control solutions, continuously supports its clients to update their equipment with the most advanced solutions available in the field: UPGRADE III.

UPGRADE III is the substitution of all obsolete or phased out parts of the machine, for both hardware & software, with new latest generation material that is readily available in the market, including microprocessor, PLC, UPGRADE III Invertor and electrical board.

UPGRADE III offers many new features designed to improve functionality, accessibility, and reporting. Here are the reasons why you should upgrade your machinery: 

LONGER MACHINE LIFE 

REDUCED COSTS 

NO DOWNTIME 

AUTONOMY IN MAINTENANCE 

REMOTE ACCESS 

INDUSTRY 4.0 SYSTEM COMPLIANCY 

Customized maintenance contracts complete with worldwide dedicated technical services are also available to meet the specific customer’s requirements.  

Discover the solution most suitable for you! 

Contact us to receive your personal quotation:

Call 800-829-5741

Or email our product specialists

LF of America – Packaging Machine Manufacturers

Depending on your product or the size of your operation, incorporating automatic packaging machines in-house can present numerous benefits. Packaging machine manufacturers provide this such opportunity to business owners looking to take full control of their production.

There are, however, a number of packaging machine manufacturers that produce and supply packaging equipment intended for a diverse variety of industries. In order to get the most from your investment, it’s best to learn some information about what sets different packaging machines apart.

Packaging Machine Types

Packaging machine types vary depending on the type of materials you are handling. You will need to find packaging machine manufacturers that offer the type of equipment capable of managing your product consistency (liquids, solids, gels, powders, etc.) as well as the containers themselves.

The different types of packaging equipment options also include sub-categories, such as bottle equipment, automatic capping machines, and labeling machines. In addition, there are packaging machines for plastic containers, pharmaceutical packaging machinery, blister packaging, unit dose packaging, and many other options.

Automatic Packaging Machines For Liquids

LF of America specializes in providing innovative contract packaging solutions for a growing variety of different purposes. We are proud to be leaders among packaging machine manufacturers in the USA.

Our available packaging machine units are capable of everything from small to medium batches to full-size production. They offer companies with items such as cosmetics, OTC pharmaceuticals, diagnostic products, CBD oils, or even veterinary and animal care medications the opportunity to gain full independence over their production.

Shown below, our Pentafill A25 fills up to 25 vials per minute for containers ranging in size from 0.33 – 1 ml. For packaging plastic containers ranging in size from 2 – 10 ml, it is capable of filling as many as 23 vials per minute.

Our Bellow Bottle Machine units are automatic capping and filling machines also capable of various production levels. They are designed to handle filling liquids, gels, creams, serums, and powder. Altogether, these units can cap and fill up to 25 containers per minute. Learn more about the Bellow Bottle Machine in the video posted below.

Many savvy business owners and production managers are beginning to understand the overall value of investing in their own packing equipment. Packaging machine manufacturers like ourselves make that possibility a reality.

If you would like to know more about any of our units or are interested in learning the cost of purchasing your own packaging machine, contact us today 800-829-5741.

Testing the Seal Integrity of Pouches and Eye Drop Bottles

It has been determined that release torque testing is not an appropriate way to test the seal integrity (tightness) of pouch caps or eye drop bottles. The problem with release torque testing is that these caps have integrated tamper evident bands and the tamper evident bridge break torque cannot be reliably and easily distinguished from the thread break torque of the cap.

Due to this design, there is a major concern with using the release torque as an indication of seal integrity. It can be difficult to differentiate between the thread break and the bridge break peaks. Also, it is possible to rotate the cap on the bottle neck to a point where the TEB is properly engaged but the threads are not tight, and the bottle is not sealed.

If the TEB break torque of a loose cap falls in the acceptable removal torque range of a normal cap, it is impossible to differentiate between the release torque result of a tight cap and the TEB bridge break torque of a loose cap.

To overcome this issue, Mesa has implemented a new test method, one that tightens the closure and measures the rotation of the cap from the cycle start until the application setpoint is measured, instead of measuring removal. The more the cap is rotating, the looser the cap.

Using the Torqo 1600, you may use the “close measure mode” to replace the release torque test for seal integrity testing. The close measure mode is designed to measure the torque which is applied to a cap.

The system will rotate the cap in the clockwise (closing) direction until the cap begins to rotate. The point at which the cap begins to rotate will be considered the application torque and will be displayed on the screen.

Another cool aspect of the newest generation of Mesa’s Torque testers is the interchangeable tooling, that allows the end user to perform torque tests on multiple different types of packaging.

If you want to discuss your torque requirements and needs give us a call at 800-829-5741 and our project specialists will be happy to assist.

Vetromeccanica’s TableTop system – Conveyor of Peerless flexibility

Vetromeccanica is well known and widely respected for their Table Top conveyance systems. Their TableTop conveyor system offers a versatile design, which makes it a popular conveyor system suited for a wide range of high-speed production environments. Their TableTop conveyor systems are built to work almost anywhere in your production line.

Known for their quick deliver time, fast and easy install and cheap operational fees, Vetro’s Table top systems provide the biggest bang for the buck.

The flat top plates are stronger than modular belting and transport items through production more efficiently and safely.

TableTop conveyors have excellent flexibility for production line layouts, being suitable for curves or changes in elevation, thus streamlining factory operations.

The flexibility often stands out when a production line needs a versatile solution that can serve your transporting, merging, diverting or accumulation problems.

Key Features of the standard Bench Top / Table Top conveyance models:

  • Low friction values
  • High resistance to wear
  • Low noise level
  • Wide chain applications
  • Stronger chain configurations
  • Easily integrate with existing systems
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Clean
  • Small Foot Print

Get in touch with our office now and schedule a call or a meeting help us better understand your conveyance needs, so we can estimate your project challenges up to the tiniest detail.

Fedegari Tech Center Tour – ISPE 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo

The facility tour of Fedegari Tech Center (Sellersville, PA) took place during ISPE 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, on November 7th, in Philadelphia.

During this ISPE meeting, over 20 visitors gained the exclusive opportunity to extend their knowledge with our experts discussing the main challenges on how to improve pharma manufacturing with the latest technologies and robotized solutions.

‘Fedegari Tech Center is equipped with various process machines for hands-on training and tests, simulating the same activities pharma industries carry on at their sites’, explains Jeffrey Siterlet, Managing Director of Fedegari Technologies.

Fedegari 10.000 square-foot facility in Sellersville (PA), currently under expansion, has recently been equipped with a machine prototype. The system is intended to wash, sterilize and dry aluminum kegs to be filled with sterile powder. All the activities are carried inside a gloveless robotized isolator downstream of the process machine.

The prototype has been presented by Fedegari experts and Pierre Winnepenninckx from No Deviation Pte Ltd (Singapore), who explained how to introduce such disruptive solutions for contamination control in regulated manufacturing environments.

Pierre Winnepenninckx‘s key note entitled ‘Dare to reduce the risk’ was aimed to discuss the impact of innovative robotized solutions for clean and sterile processes in terms of risk reduction.

“We must put the patient in the center of everything we. By understanding our pharma process we are able to identify and control the risk to fully implement a risk based approach – explained Winnepenninckx.  The more manual the process is the higher the risk“, he concluded.

ISPE 2018

Over 2.000 attendees from more than 28 countries gathered in Philadelphia for the 2018 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo. The four-day conference focused on the promise of new developments that ISPE members are helping the pharmaceutical industry tackle. The theme this year was “Vision to Reality”.

Learn more at the event website

Equipment available at Fedegari Tech Center

‘Our Tech Center is available for pharma professionals and operators who need technical support, training and knowledge sharing on process expertise and cycle development. According to specific needs – such as the load to be treated – our experts study together the most effective cycle. We perform tests to deliver a tailor made solution for the many bio-/pharma manufacturing challenges’, concludes Siterlet.

Process equipment available at Fedegari Tech Center:

FCDV   Chemical bio-decontamination unit (hydrogen peroxide)

FOAF   Steam sterilizer / Steam-air sterilizer (moist-heat)

FOWS   Washer-sterilizer 

FOW   Super-heated water sterilizer

LF of America Exhibiting on the Interphex 2019

The importance of networking among companies operating in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors has never been more important. As the technologies, products, and devices continue to advance in cutting-edge ways, finding innovative pharma contract packaging solutions is more integral to ongoing growth and success than ever before.

Once a year, all of the premier pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device management companies and manufacturers meet with other industry professionals to share their latest advancements with one another. Running now for over 40 years, the annual INTERPHEX event brings together over 11,000 of the world’s leading professionals along with over 650 prominent suppliers for a weekend of learning and hands-on experience.

LF of America is proud to be included among all of these chief innovators continuously trailblazing the way for improvements in quality and cost-efficiency.

We invite you to come and join us to view some of our most recent advancements in biotech and pharma contract packaging equipment in addition to our already impressive offerings.

Call us now at 800-829-5741 and request a meeting or a demo of the exhibited machinery and packaging solutions.

Mesa Labs Acquires Leading Continuous Monitoring Hardware Business

Point Six is the leading hardware provider in the continuous monitoring space, which will be integrated into Mesa’s Cold Chain Monitoring Division. The acquisition is expected to increase division revenues by approximately 20 percent and to be accretive to our diluted net income per share in the first twelve months following the acquisition.

“We are excited to have Point Six join the Mesa family. Point Six has been providing wireless sensors of world class quality and reliability for over 30 years. Customers value Point Six for their technology and innovation,” said Gary Owens, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mesa has been a long-term partner of Point Six and we are excited by the combination of Mesa’s market leading ViewPoint Continuous Monitoring architecture with the robust wireless sensors of Point Six. Together Point Six and Mesa provide the most robust, scalable, and easy to use Continuous Monitoring solution to support the most demanding of applications. We believe that the true winner of this combination ultimately is the customer. This is another example of how we continue to live The Mesa Way!, our customer focused lean operating system.”

“We are excited to be joining Mesa Labs and the opportunity it brings to help realize our shared vision for innovation in the Continuous Monitoring space,” said Dan Piroli, Senior Vice President at Point Six. “We are certain that our customers will benefit from this combination as the two companies will endeavor to offer a best in class solution. This joining of forces results in a collection of talents and resources that provides significant potential, not only for current customers, but future customers as well.”

Mesa is a global technology innovator committed to solving some of the most critical quality control and analytical challenges in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, industrial safety, environmental and food and beverage industries. Mesa offers products and services through four divisions (Sterilization and Disinfection Control, Instruments, Cold Chain Monitoring and Cold Chain Packaging) which help its customers ensure product integrity, increase patient and worker safety, and design innovative solutions that improve the quality of life throughout the world.
Forward Looking Statements

Please contact our representatives to learn more about the extended Mesa Product Line.

The most versatile testing solution available

The SAIL is Bonfiglioli’s new automated inspection laboratory for different container types, sizes, and content bringing together CCIT, AVI and HGA technologies is an all-in-one machine that is suitable for in-process control, clinical trials, and laboratory use.

HIGHLIGHTS

 SAIL modular structure provides adequate flexibility upon all 3 of testing technologies:

– AVI (Automatic Visual Inspection)/ SAVI a collection of images is acquired using high resolution matrix cameras under designed illumination conditions.

– CCIT (Container Closure Integrity Testing) non-destructive integrity testing in packages by Vacuum Decay Method.

– HGA (Headspace Gas Analysis) inspection process is based on the Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) method which accurately quantifies gaseous concentration levels.

• All in one Industry 4.0 based
   laboratory
• Ergonomic workstation
• Scientific and objective inspection
• 100% traceability
• Time & cost saving

SAIL modular structure provides adequate flexibility for all 3 testing technologies:

– AVI (Automatic Visual Inspection) /SAVI

– CCIT (Container Closure Integrity Testing)

– HGA (Headspace Gas Analysis)

The testing methods conform to current pharmaceutical regulations, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11USP General Chapter <790>ASTM F2338-09USP General Chapter <1207>EU Annex 15 and GMP requirements.

Contact our offices today to learn more about the SAIL.

CLEANING GUIDELINES VALVE ASSEMBLES AND SYRINGES

Regularly scheduled preventive maintenance minimizes downtime and assures trouble-free operation!M

Cozzoli’s exclusive sliding valve assemblies and precision honed syringes are mated for life and operate as matched sets on liquid fillers.

Each set is engraved with matching serial numbers that correspond accordingly. It’s important never to mix up or interchange designated serial numbers with other valves and syringes, as damage and poor operational permanence will result.

DISASSEMBLE AND ASSEMBLE

When disassembling, always withdraw the piston in a straight, horizontal line in reference to the valve or the syringe body.

Reverse this procedure to assemble.

Never use force, as it will cause the components to jam.

BEFORE USING

Before the initial use of valve assemblies and syringes, clean and rinse with a solution of soap and water, then flush thoroughly with clean water.

Place them on a lint-free cloth or paper.

Do not allow components to come in contact with contaminants or other metal parts after cleaning.

AFTER USING

Product should not be allowed to dry in the valves and syringes since it could cause them to score or seize.

Always disassemble them and clean properly with an appropriate solution that will remove product.

A bristle brush with a plastic center may be used. Blow dry components thoroughly to ensure that they are free of foreign particles and watermarks. When autoclaving, be sure that the piston is removed from the valve or syringe body.

WHILE IN OPERATION

Valves and syringes should never run dry while in operation. Either product or water must be present.

HANDLE WITH CARE

Proper valve and syringe handling is essential. Dropping, hammering on or restraining them in a vise may damage and render them inoperable.

PRIOR TO INSTALLATION

Check action of valve and piston within syringe cylinder to ensure smooth performance prior to installing on filler.

STORAGE

Between uses, valves and syringes to be stored wrapped in a lint-free cloth or paper.

This is necessary to avoid contamination and contact with other metal components.

Contact our offices to learn more about Cozzoli Machine Company and their comprehensive product line.

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