Bosch Packaging Technology

May 18, 2007
Tabletop Vial Filler Suited for Clinical Trials

Bosch Pharmaceutical USA, a Bosch Packaging Technology company, recently augmented its portfolio of vial filling solutions with the FLT1020, a new system designed for increased efficiency in clinical trials. The new filler is an alternative to larger vial filling systems, specifically designed for the clinical trials phase. Based on production technology, the FLT1020 minimizes packaging and processing variables when shifting into the full-scale production stage.

"Pharmaceutical firms moving from clinical trials to the production phase need to be able to predict how a drug will handle on the filling line," says Jeff Jackson, product manager for Bosch Packaging. "The FLT1020 addresses the demands of pharmaceutical manufacturers that require a scaled down unit that replicates the conditions of mass production. A smaller system enables firms to anticipate potential variables, streamline validation procedures, and thus minimize the risks associated with scale up."

The FLT1020 system offers a flexible vial processing range (diameter 16mm-52mm, height 25mm-95mm, neck finish 13mm-20mm) and variable tray size options (8-15' width, 12-18' length). It requires no size parts for the different vial diameters. Featuring a maximum throughput of 30 vials per minute, the FLT1020 combines speed and flexibility customized to the needs of users, reducing the timeframes of clinical trials and speeding time to market.

The linear, tabletop design of the FLT1020 allows for a smaller footprint and mobility during the clinical phase of drug development. A compact, mobile system significantly reduces total cost of ownership. According to Bosch, the FLT1020 is the only small-scale filling system that offers integrated capping and a linear "v-cleat" transport eliminating the need for vial size parts and improving machine access, while reducing overall width.

With an emphasis on versatility, the system is compatible with a variety of dosing systems used on high-speed production filling lines, including rolling diaphragm pumps, piston pumps, peristaltic pumps, and the Accerta by Millipore. The FLT1020 can be located under a laminar flow hood and incorporates a number of optional accessories, including compatibility with feeding systems, isolators, and tray-on and tray-off stations. The FLT1020 also features a touch-screen control panel with intuitive programming and controls.