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Assembling and packaging machine for syringes

Hubert Peters

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  • Label:Handling, processing, assembling, serialisation
  • Client:A contract manufacturer for the syringe industry
  • Problem:Professionalize the assembly and packaging of syringes for medium amounts
  • Objective:Develop a fully automated assembly and packaging machine with a small footprint for low production volumes

Based on our platform: the LAP-C

GTE Engineering has developed and realized a double machine for this project. The primary machine prints and assembles a double syringe. The second machine places the syringe in a blister and seals a Tyvek lid onto the blister. We used our standard LAP-C platform for the development of these machines. This gives us the advantage of creating machines with small footprints and maximum flexibility. By using docking stations, the machine is still easily accessible. This particular machine can be interesting for production of low and medium amounts.

What are the process steps?

First, the two varying cylinders of the syringe are placed into the machine via two vibratory bowl feeders. The size display and logos are printed onto the two cylinders digitally. Next, the first visual check will take place, to check the printing. The rubber plungers and plunger rod are assembled and then inserted into the cylinders, using a Mecademic robot. The rubber plungers and plunger rods are supplied via vibratory fillers. Both syringes are combined, after which another visual inspection takes place. Here, presence of all components and the specified depth are checked. After assembly, the syringe is transported to the packaging machine via a conveyor belt. In the second machine, the pre-formed blisters are separated, after which an additional part and the syringe are added to the blister. Another check is done to confirm presence of all articles. The Tyvek lid is printed with variable data and placed onto the blister. After placing the lid, this is checked for correct placement and the blister is sealed.

Cycle time

The cycle time for this machine is set at approximately 10 seconds per blister. The packing station can function at a speed of 7 seconds per product. For other projects, multiple blisters can be placed into one mold, allowing for production numbers of 40 to 50 products per minute.

Options

The assembly or packing station are available separately and can be custom-made to fit your process. Do you have a product that needs packaging or assembly? Please feel free to contact us. GTE-engineering is experienced in packaging blisters, pouches and boxes. GTE-engineering also has plenty experience in assembling all kinds of medical devices.

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