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LAP-L blister fill and seal machine
LAP-L blister fill and seal machine
Blister separating and placing
Blister separating and placing
Blister separating and placing
Vials positioning and placing
Vial positioning and placing
Vials positioning and placing
Vials positioning and placing
Medical products positioned with Anyfeeder and Scara robot
Medical products positioned with Anyfeeder and Scara robot
Medical products positioned with Anyfeeder and Scara robot
Swabs separating and placing
Swabs separating and placing
Lids seperating and placing
Double lid check
Sealing lids by electric drive
Sealing lids by electric drive
Swab and sealing station
Seal quality and contamination vision check
Seal quality and contamination vision check
Eject / reject blisters
Eject blisters not sealed
Anyfeeder and easy exchangeable gripper
HMI screen LAP-L
Vision screen product presence

LAP-L blister fill and seal machine

Tom Brouwers

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  • Label:Handling, processing, assembling, serialisation
  • Client:Big international medical company
  • Problem:Professionalize the packaging of products in a blisters for high and medium amounts
  • Objective:Develop a flexible fully automated packaging machine with a small footprint

Lean Automation Platform – Linear

GTE developed a new linear and modular platform, the LAP-L. This platform forms the basis for the LAP-L blister fill and seal machine.

We developed the LAP-L Blister fill and seal machine for a customer who automatically wanted to fill and seal two different blisters with each their own configurations. The machine had to be flexible and quickly adjustable to various configurations. And the customer asked for the smallest possible footprint within the available space in a cleanroom.

The machine had to be equipped for the following processes:

  • Insertion and placing of preshaped blisters from a cartridge
  • Insertion and placing of vials from a tray
  • Insertion and placing of needles in (various) soft and hard packaging from bulk
  • Insertion and placing of filled syringes from bulk
  • Insertion and placing of swabs, packed in pouches, from a cartridge
  • Insertion and placing of lids from a cartridge
  • Sealing the blister
  • Various vision checks:
    • Product presence
    • Lid orientation
    • Contamination of blister
    • Seal quality
  • Ejection and rejection

The linear blister filling and sealing machine is built modularly and equipped with docking stations. This allows for easy access to the machine for maintenance and line clearance.

The needle and syringe supply is flexible thanks to the Anyfeeders supply system, which is equipped with a camera and robot. A bulk of products is put into the Anyfeeder. By shaking, the feeder places the products in position. The camera then checks which products are properly placed, after which a SCARA robot picks up those products and places them into the blister.

Should you want to process another product, all you need to do is select a different recipe on the HMI (human machine interface) to make the robot gripper change its setting. 

LAP-L Blister Fill and Seal Machine Specifications:

  • Modular system; the machine design doesn’t have to start from scratch
  • Flexible; short change over time
  • Able to package in various configurations
  • New product? Simply change the gripper. Different blister? Only the molds, gripper and seal format parts need to be changed
  • Thanks to docking stations, the machine is easily accessible
  • Medium and high production volumes (1.300 – 1.500 blisters per hour)
  • Electric sealing
  • Fully automated filling and sealing
  • Siemens controls
  • Vision checks with Cognex cameras

Measurements:

8,4x0,9x2,5m (docking stations not included)
The machine can be lowered for transport, making it possible to pass through under two meters.

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