Gerresheimer optimizes cold-end operations at pharma glass production plants with state-of-the-art packing robots

  Manufacturing technology

Every year Gerresheimer’s customers order several hundreds of millions of glass pharmaceutical packaging products manufactured at the company’s plants in Essen and Lohr.

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Gerresheimer optimizes cold-end operations at pharma glass production plants with state-of-the-art packing robots
Packing robots were recently introduced to improve the efficiency and reliability of packing operations before the pharmaceutical glass products are delivered to customers.
“Innovative automated processes are safeguarding the future of our plants and improving the quality of our products,” commented Dr. Jürgen Unruh, General Manager at Gerresheimer Essen. He added that the installation of packing robots at the Essen facility serves as an example for the other production plants in the Gerresheimer Group.
Pharmaceutical packaging products, such as the glass bottles manufactured by Gerresheimer, have to satisfy stringent requirements and be low in germs and particles. The extremely high temperatures in the glass moulding process initially kill all the germs. To prevent re-contamination, the bottles go straight from the annealing oven to the clean room, where various mechanical and optical inspection systems are used to identify and sort out defective bottles. After the final inspection, the bottles in the clean room are shrink wrapped in the required pack size with safe pack technology to ensure that they are hermetically sealed in a germ-free environment.
The shrink wrapped packs then have to be packaged and palletized to prevent transportation damage. In the past, production plant personnel working in shifts loaded the transport pallets. This kind of work involves a great deal of effort and concentration because it takes place at high speeds. Gerresheimer decided to auto...
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