Sustainable tableting techs

The one-stop solutions supplier Romaco will take advantage of Achema 2022 to show sustainable processing, tableting and packaging technologies for use in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, food, cosmetics and chemical industries. The highlight at the upcoming exhibition will be the new Macofar E aseptic liquid filling line, which trade visitors will have a chance to see there for the first time.

Under the motto “Together towards a sustainable future”, Romaco will demonstrate its various approaches for more sustainable production and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions: amongst other things, the innovative process control achieved with these technologies means significantly shorter processing times, so that energy and material can be economised in a targeted manner. Space-saving design results in machines and lines with a lower carbon footprint. And thanks to safe processing of eco-friendly packaging materials, for instance for the production of paper blisters, the packaging process as a whole can be made more sustainable. In addition, all of the manufacturer’s machines can be supplied in a carbon-neutral version and be equipped with an energy monitor for sustainability reporting.

At the trade fair, Romaco will be presenting a large selection from its portfolio, including the Ventilus Pilot fluid bed processor by Romaco Innojet, the KTP 1X and KTP 590X tablet presses by Romaco Kilian and the TP R Optima coating pan by Romaco Tecpharm. Romaco Noack’s Unity 300 blister packaging line and the new Macofar E aseptic liquid filling line will likewise be exhibited – impressive confirmation of the engineering specialist’s line competence.

The newest aseptic liquid filling line

The Macofar E series is Romaco’s cost-efficient turnkey solution for aseptic filling of injectables into vials. The integrated lines each consist of a rotary washer, a depyrogenation tunnel, a liquid filling and stoppering machine plus a final capping machine. Romaco Promatic cartoners can also be seamlessly connected downstream if required. The ability to choose from various standard configurations cuts the delivery time from order receipt to ten months at most. The technology meets all the requirements of the revised Annex 1 of the EU GMP Guidelines on the manufacture of sterile medicinal products. All in all, the Macofar E achieves a maximum output of 24,000 vials per hour. Depending on customer needs, the line can be equipped with oRABS, cRABS or isolation technology. The filling machine’s weighing system moreover ensures one hundred percent weight control of the vials, including automatic adjustment of the filling volume. Thanks to an inertisation system, the residual oxygen particles in the vials amount to less than three percent, which attests to a high level of process safety during filling with either peristaltic or volumetric pumps. To minimise product loss, each batch is fully processed, for instance by completely draining the liquid tank and piping. The Macofar E aseptic liquid filling line can optionally be shipped with an energy monitor that measures the machine’s energy consumption and detects carbon dioxide emissions to facilitate sustainability reporting.

Blister packaging line 

The integrated Unity 300 blister packaging line from Romaco Noack is designed for the low to medium speed segment and meets all the requirements for more climate-friendly pharmaceutical production. For the first time, a sustainability monitor with smart standby functions has been implemented to oversee the power and air consumption of the single-track blister line and reduce the base load of the machine without any negative impact on overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). At less than eight metres long, the monobloc is comparatively short, so that carbon dioxide emissions are much lower, especially in the cleanroom for the primary packaging. The space-saving design is due, amongst other things, to a swing-out IPC magazine, which ensures convenient access to the die-cutter behind it in case of format changes. And there is also the option of repositioning the forming foil reel inside the machine. An extremely compact, energy efficient indexing wheel transfers the blisters from the rotary sealing machine to the continuous motion cartoner. All in all, the Unity 300 achieves a maximum output of 300 blisters and, depending on the cartoner, either 200 or 300 cartons per minute. The blister line is fitted with one hundred percent recycled acrylic glass panes and is additionally available in a carbon-neutral version on request. Romaco Noack’s quality promise for the Unity 300 is underlined with a three-year warranty on all spare parts, and the manufacturer also guarantees to take back the machine free of charge at the end of its service life in the interests of a circular economy.

Tablet coater

The TP R Optima perforated coating pan from Romaco Tecpharm genuinely processes any batch size from 10 to 100 percent with one and the same drum and achieves optimum coating results, no matter how small the filling volume. Its wide range of applications is the outcome of the full automation of the tablet coater with its GMP-compliant in-wall design. An extendable spray arm with movable spray nozzles ensures not only the correct spray distance but also the ideal spray angle. Both the batch volume and the tablet bed inclination, which varies according to the turning speed of the pan drum, are measured continuously using sonar technology. The patented spray system is thus capable of aligning the nozzle distance and angle automatically throughout the entire process. Furthermore, air exhaust flaps that can be opened steplessly allow exact adjustment of the air path inside the drum. This precise flow control provides loss-free application of the coating suspension and efficient drying of the tablet bed. Apart from shorter processing times, this simultaneously reduces energy consumption and cuts coating liquid usage by up to 60 percent. In short, the TP R Optima supports sustainable production of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Last but not least, Romaco Tecpharm’s smart coating technology includes a system for detecting and accurately identifying blocked spray nozzles.

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