Advancing Personal Care Filling

Cozzoli specializes in providing complete filling and capping solutions for all cosmetic, health, beauty aids, and personal care packaging applications.

From automatic fillers with a speed of 200 bpm or a small tabletop unit for lower production, Cozzoli has a range of fillers to fit your needs.

Choose from a variety of personal care filling methods to meet your production goals.

Cozzoli offers inline or rotary filling with piston, peristaltic pump, diaphragm pump or time pressure technology. Our machines handle a broad range of container shapes and fill viscosities from aqueous to heavy creams.

Choose continuous or intermittent motion, stand-alone or monoblock configuration. Every Cozzoli filler provides unmatched ease of container handling and change-over.

These fillers perform with outstanding accuracies of +/- 0.5% or better of fill volumes.

To find more about the Cozzoli cosmetic and personal care solutions please head over to the products section or call our corporate office.

Turn-key integrated solution Case Study

Case Study: when one of the biggest European tuna can producers was losing cans to uneven heat distribution in processing, Fedegari developed a turn-key integrated solution that resulted in 0 rejected cans.

The challenge

Overcoming undesirable temperature fluctuations and overheating, guaranteeing homogeneous heat distribution throughout the load. · Developing a fully integrated solution for treating different tuna can formats, increasing productivity and, consequently, reducing operating costs.

The context

The nutritional quality of the products as well as microbiological and sensory quality are essential factors in the food industry. The thermal processing of canned food is the most important step in the canning procedure1 . Currently, a large quantity of canned goods is rejected during production and has to be destroyed or reprocessed due to inefficient performances of sterilization. This increases the energy consumption and other significant food processing costs. 1 Ibrahim M. Ismail, Alaa Fahmy, Ahmed Azab, Magdy Abadir, and Seif-Eddeen K. Fateen. “Optimizing the sterilization process of canned food using temperature distribution studies”IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science (IOSR-JAVS). For example, overcooking may cause a weight reduction of the product which obligates the manufacturer to complete the cans with additional product in order to comply with the weight indicated on the labelling. Such practices are costly. Sterilization plays a vital role in the food industry as the final product is intended for human consumption. It also represents a critical process since it may influence the quality and safety of the food. In this context, only optimal processing conditions through the proper application of the F-value approach in sterilization allows to optimize the balance between food safety and quality requirements. It assures an appropriate and homogeneous thermal treatment, thus avoiding over- or undercooking, and consequently maintaining the highest standards for uniformity of texture, flavor, and retention of nutrients.

The solution

Process knowledge applied in the development of a fully integrated solution for food preservation and throughput maximization. Fedegari superheated water sterilizers – FOW series (Fig.1) were chosen for improving process performance and throughput. The choice focused on the simplest, most robust and cost-effective solution for sterilizing at a wide range of temperatures with the shortest process time. Fedegari designed an unique, but completely integrated and accurate system. The key for an outstanding performance is the effective control of temperature and F-value which guarantees the highest uniformity to the sterilization process. Control efficiency eliminates errors and rejected loads while operating cost-effectively. The goal was to guarantee the microbiological target along with thermometric performance, through a new process design capable of offering competitive advantage over conventional alternatives. Besides, an additional concern was raised regarding the packaging quality.

The results

Fedegari has supported the customer, one of the biggest European tuna can producers, with in-depth knowledge in sterilization processes, developing a turn-key integrated solution focused on throughput maximization. The customer has increased its productivity at the end of every cycle and the number of rejected cans has been reduced to zero.

FVA/A1 – VERTICAL LAB STERILIZER

The FVA/A1 Vertical Lab Sterilizer combines design with Excellent performances and simplicity of use.

The automatic vertical sterilizer FVA/A1 has been specifically designed and developed to meet the most demanding application requirements in many different sectors, from universities to quality control laboratories in pharma, food or cosmetics industrial sectors.

FVA/A1 autoclave is the perfect solution for highly specialized fields and challenging customers worldwide that demand exclusive, reproducible and validated processes. These sterilizers have been designed with ergonomic features for easy handling and daily use.

The basic version of FVA/A1 can be used for standard processes and is easy to configure, thanks to its conceptual design and modular construction with exclusive optional kits. Please, click on the link “recommended kit” to check out all possible configurations referred to FVA/A1 series.

DESIGN & TECHNICAL FEATURES

FVA/A1 autoclaves are available with three different chamber volumes: 75 liters (FVA2/A1), 140 liters (FVA3/A1) and 188 liters (FVA3/A1 Plus).

FVA/A1 lab sterilizers are equipped with AISI 316L stainless steel chamber and lid with automatic independent operation and control. The access to the technical area is assured by a wide front door with a special safety lock for easy maintenance.

The exclusive horizontal swiveling lid has a patented seal with a compressed air system for perfect airtight, safety and easy maintenance.

An internal heat exchanger, made of AISI 316L stainless steel and a fan for the rapid cooling system can be integrated in the lid. An internal heat exchanger, made of AISI 316L stainless steel and a fan for rapid cooling system can be integrated in the lid. The DCS Plus 10 process controller allows fully programmability: 30 cycles easy to customize in a multi-user environment and an interface for remote monitoring via Ethernet protocol.

The DCS Plus 10 process controller allows fully programmability: 30 cycles easy to customize in a multi-user environment and an interface for remote monitoring via Ethernet protocol. The operating software is fully validated and documented.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Satisfies the most rigid requirements of safety and quality according to international standards.
  • New materials providing chemical inert insulation and both thermal and acoustic: smoother, quieter and safer operations.
  • Energy-saving system.
  • Functional and attractive design.
  • High level of programming and control versatility.
  • Innovative and unique modular design.
  • Ideal positioning of operator panel and printer.
  • Optimized loading height from floor.

Want to know more about our sterilizer product selection, please give us a call and we’ll schedule an introductory conference.

The Newman CTE350 Labelling Machine

A fully automatic labelling system which applies self-adhesive tamper-evident labels (security labels) to erected cartons.

The CTE350 is a fully automatic labelling system which applies self-adhesive tamper-evident and hologram labels (security labels) to erected cartons. Designed primarily for the pharmaceutical industry where line space is at a premium, the compact design permits easy integration into existing packing lines.

The CTE350 incorporates full Newman ‘validation-friendly’ specification.

At the infeed, cartons are separated, held under a top belt and transported past two stepper motor-driven label stations. Labels are dispensed on to the overhanging vertical faces of the carton and applied with a roller.

Airplane and reverse tuck formats can be accommodated. Cartons proceed to the sensing station where sensors detect label presence prior to wipe down. 

Both labels must be present for a carton to be accepted; if not, it is ejected into a secure reject area.

Features

  • Compact
  • GMP Design
  • Stainless steel finish
  • In Process Control
  • Stepper motor drive for label web
  • “Positive accept” security system
  • Automatic critical device checking
  • Reject verification
  • Product and reject counter package
  • All adjustments scaled for repeatability
  • No change parts
  • Validation Documentation Package

For more information and pricing please contact us 800-829-5741.

Filling and Packaging Line for Flavoring

Recently, Cozzoli was approached by this customer who was looking to fill gallon-sized containers of liquid flavoring. This was to be a complete line that would incorporate filling, capping, labeling and case packing. Because of the high alcohol content of what was being filled, the filling and capping sections needed to also be explosion-proof.

With the required speed of 20 containers per minute and the containers being clear, it was decided that a 10-head In-Line Fill-To-Level and our Versacapper were the best machines for this application. By using a fill-to-level machine, the liquid in each container would appear to be visually identical. If a volumetric filler was used instead, the volume of each container would be accurate, but due to slight variations in the containers, the visual levels of the liquid could appear higher or lower.

After being capped, the containers would then be moved to another room, via conveyor, where they will be labeled and eventually packed into boxes.

For the labeling and case packing sections of this line, we reached out to our partners at ID Technology and EpsonThe challenge for these areas was that the customer wanted the labels to be print-on-demand. Rather than having the labels feed off of a role, which is the typical application, they needed to be fed directly from the printer to the labeler.

The biggest challenge of integrating the printer with the labeler is that the printer backs up about 12” every time it begins to print. To combat this issue, we used a loose-loop system that uses sensors to monitor the status of the printer and labels.

3 sensors were added into the loose-loop system. The lowest sensor monitors the loose loop to stop the printer when enough labels have been printed.  The middle sensor tells the printer to produce more labels.  The top sensor signals out-of-labels and stops the applicator until more are available. By using this loose-loop system we successfully integrated the printer with the labeler.

Finally, after labeling, the containers are then moved to a table where they are manually packed into boxes and fed through a case packer, which automatically closes, tapes and applies a label to the box.

For more information on how we can help with your complete filling line applications, contact our offices at 800-829-5741

Still time to Revamp Your old Bonfiglioli Engineering Machine

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: 800-829-5741

How does Vetromeccanica’s Vacuum Conveying Work?

Vacuum Conveying is the process of moving bulk dry materials, such as powders, from place to place within a factory using suction. The material is transferred in a network of tubing from the pickup point or source to the customers’ process. Most Vacuum Conveying System transfer product based on a timed interval to the vacuum receiver. At the end of the timed sequence, the discharge valve can open and the material conveyed can discharge into the process. 

There are two types of vacuum conveying. Dilute phase conveying and Dense phase conveying. 

  • Dilute Phase Conveying the material is entrained in the air stream and the is an almost equal part of air and product. This method is excellent for conveying almost any type of powder-like sugar or flour. 
  • Dense Phase Vacuum Conveying the material is transferred in slugs within the convey tubing. The material moves slower then dilute phase conveying and is an excellent choice for a friable product or a blend of powders. 

Vetrommecanica’s conveying systems differ from others because they increase the real plant efficiency. They are a major player in more than 70 Countries thanks to the care and attentiveness to details, capability to offer a 360° all-rounded service, and to their extremely skilled customer-care department.

Learn more about the conveyance solutions we are currently offering by giving us a call at 800-829-5741

Onion Skin Ampoule Filling and Sealing

A manufacturer of drug and explosive detection equipment for law enforcement, hazmat teams and educational systems.

Cozzoli were approached about a need for filling onion skin style ampoules. These ampoules would be part of a mobile detection system, where after swabbing a potentially contaminated area, the swab is inserted into the pouch and the ampoules are crushed. The chemical inside of the ampoule mixes with the swab and will detect if any drug or explosive residue is present.

This application would require the ampoule to be filled with a small and very precise amount of liquid, then flame sealed.

This was a perfect application for our FPS series ampoule filling and sealing MonoBlock. The application required the filling of 6.70mm x 60mm onion skin tubes with .10 mL -.40 mL of liquid. This would have to be done at a production rate of 45 -50 ampoules per minute. Due to these requirements, the FPS1-OS-SS was chosen for the job.

Our FPS series monoblock fills and seals a variety of ampoule shapes and sizes, at speeds of 15-120 ampoules per minute and a fill accuracy of +/- .5%.

With the fill volume requirements being so small, a peristaltic pump was added in order to feed the liquid into the machine. A peristaltic pump is typically used for very precise filling applications, as well as applications where the liquid is clean/sterile and cannot come into contact with any exposed pump components.

For more information on how we can help with your ampoule filling applications, contact us at 800-829-5741

Fedegari: Advancing aseptic processing

While pharma has made tremendous strides in aseptic processing, the industry still struggles with contamination issues — indicating there is more work to be done. Like all segments of the pharma industry, aseptic manufacturing continues to be transformed by disruptive technologies. With the goals of maintaining compliance, lowering costs, and streamlining processes always at the top of mind for drugmakers, industry vendors are innovating solutions that incorporate the latest trends and capabilities.

“Firms are striving to reduce costs and improve process flexibility, while fundamentally eliminating some of the potential contamination challenges,” says Ben Wylie, senior product manager at ChargePoint Technology.

Pharma may be close to mastering aseptic manufacturing, but innovative tweaks and updates to equipment and operations are helping improve the process even more.

Robots have been a game-changer in the packaging department of facilities, and are now transforming the filling process as well.

“Robotics are progressively more available in aseptic processing due to the flexibility they allow — saving time for the operator who would otherwise need to change parts to fill very different kind of vials, syringes and cartridges,” says Federico Fumagalli, chief commercial officer at Steriline. “With robotics machines, they just have to change a single parameter on the robot to change the whole production process.”

Steriline’s Robotic Vial Filling Machine was designed specifically to address the industry’s growing need for flexibility. According to the company, the machine can be equipped with one or two Stäubli vaporized H2O2 resistant anthropomorphic robotic arms (depending on output requirements), which transport the vials within the machine.

Although Fumagalli says there are pros and cons to using robotics, a cost-benefit analysis favors robots because they can reduce downtime, prevent product loss and decrease waste.

“In case a vial is not correctly stoppered, the robot can repeat the stoppering cycle to complete the process,” he says. “On a traditional machine the vial would be rejected — the content discarded — losing a potential earning, and the company would have to dispose of the waste, incurring further costs. Using a robotic system, the vial could go backwards and be stoppered during a second cycle, without any waste.”

Fedegari Technologies has also been developing ways to combo advanced solutions, including robotics, into one piece of machinery.

“The manufacturing processes of the future will streamline new technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence and IoT, into an increasingly closed and connected production process,” says Jeffrey Siterlet, managing director of Fedegari Technologies in North America. “By linking components, isolating the process and centralizing control, tomorrow’s manufacturing process will facilitate efficiency, safety and compliance while eliminating risk.”

The company’s new washer sterilizer, for example, offers sterilization, washing and bio-decontamination in one solution. The gloveless sealed isolator hosts a GMP robotic arm that can be adapted for different batch sizes and simplifies cleaning requirements needed to enter a controlled-contamination environment.

Single-use solutions continue to play a dominating role in pharma manufacturing innovations and provide a wide variety of benefits.

“As single-use and disposable products become more widely utilized, the manufacturing process becomes more efficient through quicker changeovers and set-up times and drug manufacturers can react more rapidly to product and customer demands,” says Wylie.

ChargePoint recently added two products to its single-use portfolio including the ChargePoint Single Use Passive (SUP) and ChargeBag PE-S with new HiPure ULP7 PE film. Together, the two products are intended to form a high performance, single-use package for the contained and sterile transfer of powders between manufacturing process steps or even facilities.

The company says that the ChargePoint SUP is a disposable version of the passive mating half of the ChargePoint SBV (Split Butterfly Valve) technology, which forms a complete hybrid system to ensure users can take advantage of the benefits of disposable technology.

“Technologies such as SBVs are increasingly replacing traditional open transfer techniques, enabling contained and efficient materials transfers,” Wylie says.

Importantly, single-use innovations are also happening for the final stage of the manufacturing process: Transport.

“As the trend of biologics being manufactured in one location and going through the final fill process in another grows, the need for materials that can withstand manipulation at temperatures down to -86 degrees C continues to accelerate,” says Alex Kakad, product marketing manager for AdvantaPure.

AdvantaSil Ultra Low Temperature Silicone Tubing is designed to remain flexible (as opposed to cracking and leaking fluids) at temperatures as low as -112°C. According to the company, its tubing and molded closure assemblies have glass transition temperatures below -100 °C, allowing for a comfortable safety factor for these demanding applications. This, AdvantaPure says, makes the tubing an optimal choice for applications related to bulk drug storage and transport.

From the first stages of aseptic processing until products exit the factory doors, technology trends are continuing to transform sterile pharma operations.

For further information on products that incorporate this technology please contact our corporate offices and/or sales representatives.

SC50T Screw Cap/Aluminum Sealing Machine

The Cozzoli Screw Capper Model SC50T will cap sizes up to 95mm in diameter. The adjustable torque slip-clutch configuration rotates, giving uniformly tightened caps and preventing cap damage with gentle cap handling.

Configured as an aluminum Sealing machine, the SC50T features a selective two-speed drive to a rotating and reciprocating spindle, with a maximum up-down stroke of 2” or 50.8mm.

The Aluminum Sealer provides uniform roller-sealing of container crimp caps up to 43mm in diameter. In either configuration the SC50T is ideal for clean room lab use or small production facility.

An automatic version of this machine can be mounted on a fully integrated Cozzoli packaging line.

Screw cap configuration: With the cap in position, the operator places the container against a “V” plate. The reciprocating spindles then automatically descends to screw on the cap. Torqueing time can be adjusted from .15 to 10 seconds, thereby accommodating most capping speeds.

Aluminum Seal Configuration: With the cap in position, the operator places the container against a “V” plate. The crimping head that consists of 3 blades and 3 rollers then automatically descends to seal the cap; Crimping time can also be adjusted from .15 seconds to 10 seconds.

For pricing and more details call our corporate office at 800-829-5741.

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