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Fillers & Dispensers

Article-Fillers & Dispensers

Originally Published MPMN May 2005


Fillers & Dispensers

Vial filler

An automated vial filler and sealer can produce filled containers of liquid at a rate of 80 units per minute. Liquid fill volumes vary from 1 to 100 µl and can be adjusted. Different styles of containers, closures, seals, and pumps may be outfitted for total flexibility. Closed-loop sensing of product and component status ensures a reliable output. An operator interface displays settings, error messages, and the requisite counters to ensure efficient operation. Quickpouch, Ronkonkoma, NY

Custom dispensing

A system integrates filling, tipping, capping, sealing, labeling, and robotic offload into boxes. With all of these functions in one machine, significant reductions in floor space are realized. The machine dispenses reagents and compounds in fill ranges from 5 to 480 ml with accuracy ±0.1%. Zero porosity pumps provide controlled programmable fills with no shedding. Rapid change out features make it suitable for use in a Class 100 environment. All fluid-handling devices are quickly removable for autoclaving. AMS Filling Systems Inc., Honey Brook, PA

Solvent dispenser

A solvent dispenser is equipped with a vapor conveyor system to ensure a complete removal of solvent vapors from the working area. The DS2/ls also has a level sensor that gives indication of the solvent quantity in the dispenser reservoir by means of an LED signaling system. While working, the green LED remains on if there is enough solvent in the dispenser. When the solvent goes below a preset level of 20 cm3, the green LED turns off and a red LED turns on. The special shape of the unit's dispensing bushes allows them to dispense solvent on the internal or external surface of tubing, conical surfaces, soft and rigid drip chambers, needles and various types of connectors, and components made of medical polymers such as PVC, ABS, polypropylene, and polycarbonate. TechnoMed Inc., Wallace NC

Epoxy-dispensing robot

A complete solution for two-part meter-mixing applications is available. The system offers an integrated control head that accommodates most standard two-part meter-mixing cartridges and tubes. The robotic system is self-contained and features an integrated digital valve controller working in real time with the robotic motions. Enhancements such as preprogrammed dots and fills are provided, as well as diagnostics and a production-history display. Applications include potting, gasketing, and sealing. Dispense Works Inc., McHenry, IL

Fluid-dispensing system

A dispensing system applies consistent amounts of adhesives, cyanoacrylates, silicones, and other assembly fluids used in medical device production. The compact Ulta 1400 has a microprocessor-controlled timer that enables operators to automatically apply the correct amount of adhesive on every part. This eliminates the waste, mess, and quality problems associated with inconsistent fluid application. Dispense time can be adjusted in increments as small as 0.001 seconds for extremely precise control over the amount of material applied. The operator places the dispense tip in position and taps an electric foot pedal to deposit an identical amount of material on every part. An adjustable vacuum control prevents dripping between shots. EFD Inc., East Providence, RI

Liquid-filling system

A single-head filling unit uses a preassembled sterile disposable filling module. The Acerta DS1 dispensing system is designed for final sterile injectables and diagnostics. The system is suitable for cytotoxic and gene-therapy products. The single-use module eliminates autoclaving, steam-in-place, and clean-in-place procedures and reduces validation efforts. The equipment can be configured easily for manual filling, as well as integrated into existing or new filling lines. It can perform up to 40 fills per minute, and dispenses from 0.2 to 10 ml consistently within ±0.5%, even at small volumes. Millipore Corp., Billerica, MA

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