At Pack Expo Chicago 2010 the IMA Group exhibited new machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Our staff illustrated the innovative features of our solutions on display, as well as our wide range of machines and complete lines to meet all your requirements.
IMA has recently acquired GIMA, an Italian packaging company with a long experience operating in food, confectionary, beverage, pharmaceutical and assembly. Its production includes: coffee capsule filling machines, chocolate wrapping machines, counting machines with integrated capping and cartoners, high speed overwrapper machines, carton tray forming machines, wallet machines, vertical cartoners and flip-top machines, CD-DVD packaging machines, moulding and assembly as well as demoulding solutions for the food and pharmaceutical markets.
IMA ACTIVE machines on display
The KILIAN SYNTHESIS 500 is a mid-size tablet press machine designed for easy operation and cleaning. All components have been designed with smooth surfaces and can be easily cleaned. The die table can be taken out without removing the punches, while the force feeder and the tablet discharge are hinged and can swing out for easy access and cleaning. Since the mechanical and the compression areas are completely separated and sealed off, there is no risk of product penetration into the lower compartment of the machine: this means no risks of cross contamination, less maintenance operations and 100% 'black spot' free tablets. With the state of the art quality control system 'ViCon' an automatic machine set up is possible. The SYNTHESIS 500 reaches a production speed of 360,000 tablets/hour.
IMA SAFE machines on display
UNILINE, a new and unique addition to the market, is a conveying filling and capping system that flexibly integrates the functions required to form a complete counting line: container loading, desiccant insertion, counting and filling, cotton insertion, capping, coding and rejection. With UNILINE, every container is unique and identifiable. Thanks to the innovative positive conveyor system, each container is positioned inside a dedicated housing, ensuring traceability at every stage of the packaging cycle, from loading to rejection. UNILINE is an all-new concept in packaging solid products into containers, generated by the experience of IMA SAFE LINE, IMA SAFE SWIFTPACK and IMA SAFE NOVA.
On display from IMA SAFE NOVA is the SL39, a new slat counter designed to meet customer's demands for quick and easy cleaning. The optional innovative replacement filling head drastically reduces the changeover time of the machine. Designed to use Lakso® or Merrill® and King slats, this counter is also available with the TruCount® 100% count verification system. All drive and mechanical components are fully enclosed for improved safety and elimination of product entrapment points. The SL39 can reach speeds of up to 400 bottles/minute, depending on product and bottle shape and size.
IMA SAFE CO.MA.DI.S. exhibited the CD Linear, a linear tube filling machine “in full line” with the qualities and features that have made the company famous around the world: machine accessibility, simple size changeover sequences, quick disassembly of product contact parts, user-friendly and effective control logics. A new machine, designed from the operator’s view point: all functions are visible, easily controlled and managed. Inspired by highly accurate logic controls that leave no room for error or uncertainty, it offers wholly reliable performances, gaining the operator’s trust from the outset and maintaining it over time. A modern tube filling machine in the broadest sense of the word: fast, safe and user-friendly. The CD Linear reaches an output of 200 tubes/minute.
On display from IMA SAFE was the FLEXA CSD, the new version of the continuous motion cartoning machine for the pharmaceutical industry. The whole range of Flexa cartoners includes 9 models. The fastest model can reach up to 190 cartons/minute. User-friendly, thanks to its ergonomical design and fast changeovers, FLEXA features touchscreen machine status monitoring system, easy access to size data and parameters. Servo driven applications makes FLEXA cartoners adaptable to pack a wide range of products in a safe operational sequence at optimal speed. Flexa CSD is a high performing, reliable, efficient and modular cartoner.
IMA SAFE LINE exhibited the MS280 PP, the new servo driven stretch-banding and shrink-wrapping machine. The MS280 PP is equipped with a Pick and Place electronic system suitable to handle both cartons and bottles. It features a balcony style design with quick changeover and is completely servomotor driven. The new electronic sealing system guarantees tight film wrap. The MS280 PP reaches speeds of up to 100 bundles/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 of vials, ampoules and syringes, 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.
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.