Achema 2015: Good start to the Trade Fair for Bausch+Ströbel

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On Monday, 15th June, many visitors were welcomed by the B+S exhibition team at the Achema in Frankfurt. "The number of visitors even exceeded the first day of the last Achema in 2012," the managing director, Markus Ströbel, said at the end of the first day. Apart from customers, many of whom spoke to the B+S experts about very specific enquiries or current projects, a delegation from the Schwäbisch Hall District Council was also greeted at the stand. Managing director Siegfried Bullinger and Thorsten Bullinger, head of the legal and financial affairs department, welcomed the head of the District Council, Gerhard Bauer, local politicians and industry representatives and showed them the new developments exhibited on an area of about 680 square meters. The attractive B+S exhibition stand is part of the joint presentation by the cooperation Excellence United, which includes the exhibitors Glatt, Fette, Harro Höfliger and Uhlmann.

The new "little ones" from Bausch+Ströbel are making their first public appearance. Bausch+Ströbel has built small, semi-automatic machines for small-batch production – mostly in laboratories – right from the start. Their special feature is that they employ the same filling and sealing technologies as high-speed machines. Now, Bausch+Ströbel has completely revised these "little ones". The most interesting novelty: They have been designed to meet all requirements for use in an isolator. All components are resistant to VHP sterilization; they are not affected by vaporized hydrogen peroxide at all. In addition, the new models have become more convenient for the operators: they can easily be operated via a touch screen.

Moreover, their isolator-friendly design makes them an ideal supplement to the versatile VarioSys production system, which is also presented at the Achema. In practice, the principle offered by this new system is really straightforward: A special isolator, designed for production under the conditions of clean room class A, can be combined with various production modules. The production module in use can easily be pulled out of the isolator like a work bench so that another module can take its place.

The newly founded Bausch+Ströbel Academy is presenting its range of training courses at the Achema for the first time. The field of drug processing has become more and more complex – and strict quality requirements make excellently trained staff mandatory. Now, Bausch+Ströbel can offer its customers a wide range of basic and advanced training courses, including topics such as line availability and how to increase the OEE. The scope of training courses is tailored to the individual customers’ needs by assembling individual modules. Moreover, the Academy is responsible for keeping the Bausch+Ströbel staff permanently updated about new developments.

With the virtual reality center, Bausch+Ströbel can even offer training on equipment which is not operable yet. 3D technology enables training already in the planning phase on models of the final machines. But this is only one possible application. The virtual reality system can be employed throughout a project: from the first presentations of possible design solutions through to more detailed project planning, design review, operator training and even planning of modifications on already existing lines. At the Achema, we are presenting a virtual machine mock-up.

Another exhibit is the KCP5060, a filling and closing machine specially developed for small-batch production. The vials, syringes or cartridges to be filled and sealed on this machine are transported between the work stations by special clean room robots.

A wide range of additional exhibits provide an overview of the whole scope offered by Bausch+Ströbel.