NJM Introduces Dara HSL-PP/4 High-Speed Aseptic Filling and Closing Machine for Vials

Jun 27, 2018

MONTREAL, JUNE 27, 2018 – NJM, a ProMach product brand, introduces the Dara HSL-PP/4, a high-speed aseptic filling and closing machine for vials, at Healthcare Packaging Expo Booth #W-703. Running up to 200 vials per minute using four heads at each station, this system offers 100 percent in-process weight control, low maintenance, simple changeovers and extreme flexibility.

“The HSL-PP/4 is part of Dara’s fastest vial-filling family. It’s a great achievement for Dara and offers the best technology available today,” said Thomas Kessler, Regional Sales Manager at NJM. “This top-of-the-line equipment is ideal for pharma and biopharma manufacturers and contract packers, especially those looking to maximize throughput on high-capacity, high-changeover lines.”

Featuring fully servo-driven automation, the intermittent-motion Dara HSL-PP/4 fills injectable liquids and powders into glass and plastic vials with volumes from 0.1 to 250 ml for liquids and 2 to 1500 mg for powders. It can be equipped with stainless steel or ceramic rotary piston pumps to achieve +/- 0.5 percent accuracy or with peristaltic pumps to achieve +/- 1 percent accuracy. New product changeovers can be completed in 15 minutes with no tools required.

To meet the needs of each application, the HSL-PP/4 is capable of filling in a variety of ways – with nozzles lowered to the bottom of the containers, half way up or from above. The stopper can be fully or lyo-depth inserted, followed by aluminum or flip-off cap application. Optional vacuum-assisted stopper insertion reduces the oxygen in the headspace. The closing station features a servo-driven tangential rolling head to minimize particulate generation and maximize sealing results. No bottle / no fill / no stopper safety sensors limit errors.

To achieve 100 percent in-process weight control, the HSL-PP/4 features eight checkweighing cells to detect fill levels as well as inspection systems for missing stoppers and raised stoppers. A vacuum starwheel reject device achieves positive container handling, ensuring out-of-tolerance vials are accurately removed at top operating speed and no good products are rejected.

For sterile or clean room applications, the HSL-PP/4 can be equipped with a laminar air flow (LAF), open or closed restricted access barrier system (oRABS/cRABS) or a high containment isolator system. Optional clean-in-place (CIP), sterilization-in-place (SIP) or gas flushing are also available. Optional particle monitoring systems further support final product quality.

Ancillary equipment from Dara, such as automatic or manual denesting units, adapts this machine for ready-to-fill vials. Trays can be manually fed to the HSL-PP/4, or the system can be integrated with an upstream washer and depyrogenation tunnel for continuous automated feeding. An integrated rotary table single files vials for presentation to the filling heads. Bags of stoppers are loaded into a vibratory hopper/circular feeder that delivers stoppers to a pick-and-place station that inserts the stoppers. Filled and closed vials are directed to output trays for manual unloading, or they can be integrated with downstream equipment.

Fully servo-driven, the HSL-PP/4 provides repeatable performance, low maintenance, simple troubleshooting, fast changeovers and easy adaptability to future applications and new package formats such as adding new vial sizes. An Allen-Bradley PLC controls machine functions and a Beckhoff PC-based 12-inch (30 cm) color touchscreen presents a large and intuitive user interface. All production parameters can be programed into the PC, including dosing volumes, dosing speeds, kinematics of the filling system, adjustment of automatic feeders and output.

The HSL-PP/4 is equipped with data recording software to export the production data in compliance with 21 CFR Part 11. Designed in compliance with cGMP, the HSL-PP/4 features 304 stainless steel frame and electro-polished 316 stainless steel for direct/indirect product contact parts that meet FDA approval for use with pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products.

Dara’s HSL family includes their highest speed aseptic filling and closing machines. These extremely flexible solutions can be designed and built to run vials and/or syringes, as well as ready-to-use containers, ophthalmic bottles or large-format parenterals. The fastest HSL system, the HSL-PP/8, features eight heads at each station to run up to 400 packages per minute.

NJM offers a “total solution” approach that includes full IQ / OQ validation support and turnkey line integration services to seamlessly combine best-in-class technologies. NJM’s world-class aftersales support includes standard and extended warranties, preventative maintenance programs and onsite installation, training and ongoing service.


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About NJM Packaging

The world’s proven, trusted, single-source provider of automated packaging machinery for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and personal care products, NJM offers both stand-alone solutions and integrated systems for packagers of solid dose and liquid pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, vitamins, and food supplements. As part of the ProMach Pharma business line, NJM helps our customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about NJM at www.NJMPackaging.com and more about ProMach at ProMachBuilt.com.

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