May 25-27, 2010
NEC Birmingham, UK

Hall  5  - Stand 5731

At Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition 2010 the IMA Group exhibited innovative machines and complete lines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Our staff  illustrated the innovative features of our solutions on show as well as our wide range of machines and complete lines to meet all your requirements.  

On show, the new KILIAN S250 Smart which has been developed to enhance the concept of flexibility and automation of the proven S250 tablet press, well known for its robustness and reliability. The new version combines established technology with the latest controls and an interchangeable turret. The upper machine head can be lifted to ease turret removal and allow access to the inner part of the press. This operation shortens the cleaning time and improves machine flexibility: the turret can be removed simply and quickly and can be swung out and positioned on a trolley. The machine has a very compact design and is operated via a modern touch screen control. The S250 Smart is available in three versions: Traditional, Classic and Prime. The machine reaches a maximum production speed of 300,000 tablets/hour.

IMA SAFE SWIFTPACK exhibited the SWIFTPHARM multi channel electronic counter for tablets and capsules. The machine takes electronic counting and bottle filling to higher levels of speed and accuracy and delivers twice the output of existing multi-track counters for a given footprint. The SWIFTPHARM has been designed to meet the highest standards of cGMP without the need for product contact change parts. The machine is 21CFR part 11 compliant creating an electronic record as an audit trail. Changeover is simple and fast without the use of tools and can be performed in less than 15 minutes excluding cleaning. Machine utilisation in production is therefore far higher than competitive machines. Production output for the machine is 100 bottles/minute. A twin version of the machine, delivers twice the performance. The new SWIFTPHARM counters offer a unique combination of speed, accuracy and control.

IMA SAFE CO.MA.DI.S. exhibited the C960, a compact and innovative tube filling machine suitable to fill and seal – by hot air technology - plastic and laminate tubes. The machine is distinguished by the quick change of parts in contact with product and easy changeover. The ‘quintessence’ of reliability, ergonomics and ease of use, this model is evidence of the CO.MA.DI.S. incomparable capability in manufacturing effective tube fillers, with accurate finish and brilliant performance. In compact and simplified size, it reconfigures the contents of top class models, using many of their components: an excellent ‘entry level’ in advanced automatic machines. The C960 reaches a mechanical speed of 60 tubes/minute

Finally, on show from IMA SAFE LINE, a compact solution composed of the CP18 side-loading case-packer and the MINIFLEX palletizer, to complete change over operations by setting the case on top of a pallet. This is a very flexible and economic solution for low/medium speed production lines. In more detail, the CP18 is an automatic case-packing machine for the insertion of standard size single and collated boxes, pre-glued cases or trays. The machine is extremely accessible and compact thanks to its cantilever structure. The carton magazine is horizontal for ease of loading. During filling, a perfectly square case is guaranteed by the pickup and forced opening arms with suction cups. The carton can be sealed with adhesive tape and/or with hot-melt or vinyl glue. Change-over is performed in just a few minutes without tools and adjustments are made with digital displays. The CP18 reaches a production speed of 14 cartons/minute.


IMA FLAVOUR offers the widest range of machines for the packaging of tea and herbs in filter bags and of coffee in filter paper pods for both regular and espresso coffee.

IMA ACTIVE Division offers a complete range of machines for the process and production of solid dose products. Granulation equipment, manufactured both by IMA and ZANCHETTA, for wet granulation and drying for all types of production and layout requirements. Tablet press machines manufactured both by IMA and by KILIAN suitable for pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetic industries. Capsule filling machines with a wide assortment of filling and control systems. Coating systems with solid wall and perforated pans. Checkweighers for 100% control of tablets and capsules. Very flexible powder handling and washing systems manufactured by ZANCHETTA.

IMA LIFE offers machines for the washing and sterilising of pharmaceutical vials, filling and stoppering in aseptic environments, filling and closing of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, microdosing of  aseptic powders as well as industrial, pilot and laboratory freeze-dryers, which can be combined with the industry's widest range of automated loading and unloading system solutions. IMA LIFE also offers labellers, blowing machines, depackers and traying machines. Last year IMA LIFE acquired PHARMASIENA, an Italian company that specialises in the design and production of filling machines for ampoules and syringes in aseptic environments.

IMA SAFE is the only manufacturer to offer complete primary and secondary packaging line solutions to the pharmaceutical, toiletry, cosmetic and food industries. Blister machines have speed ranges from low to super high speed (1,300 blisters/minute). Low speed machines are also manufactured by the subsidiary IMA-PG India. Tablet counting machine production includes IMA SAFE NOVA (USA) and IMA SAFE SWIFTPACK (UK). Tube fillers are manufactured by IMA SAFE CO.MA.DI.S., while horizontal and vertical cartoners are manufactured by IMA SAFE. IMA SAFE LINE offers a complete range of end of line equipment which includes over-wrapping, shrink-wrapping, case packing and palletizing solutions. A new collaboration is also in place with UNIVERSAL PACK, one of the major experts in the field of stick-packing, shaped and heat-sealed on four sides.

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