The Prexima Open House, which was held on 28 and 29 October 2015 in the magnificent setting of Palazzo di Varignana near Bologna and in the IMA’s plants in Ozzano dell’Emilia, ended with a resounding success for IMA Active division.
This two-day event was attended by more than 300 pharmaceutical customers from all over the world, mainly from EMEA, but also from the Far East (Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam), who expressed great interest in the new Prexima. These results reward IMA’s commitment to the high quality of products and new technology presented at the event.
Our guests had the chance to discover Prexima, the new series of tablet press machines manufactured by IMA Active division. Designed with Italian style and engineered to provide high-level performance, Prexima is equipped with the new XIMA HMI, recently awarded the A' Design Award 2015 for its ease of use and strategic role in improving operators' efficiency.
Based on the proven Comprima concept, Prexima ensures complete separation between processing and mechanical areas thanks to the use of purposely designed seals and protections. Along with this feature, the design also provides great accessibility: the processing area is fully accessible once the external doors are opened, while access to the machine basement is required only for maintenance. The Prexima’s compression support is based on three columns linked together by two strong cast iron structures. The compression rollers are incorporated within the two cast iron structures and supported on both sides. This exceptionally sturdy structure - an essential requirement for high quality tablets - guarantees both pre-compression and main compression forces up to 100 kN with maximum reliability. The removal of the turret is quick and easy thanks to a rotating arm completely housed in the upper mechanical compartment. The HMI guides the operator step by step during each phase of turret extraction.
The new Prexima was unveiled during the course of the evening which took place on 28 October at the Palazzo di Varignana. Andrea Semprini Cesari, IMA Active Vice-President, and Alberto Vacchi, IMA’s Chairman and CEO, introduced and unveiled the new Prexima. A dedicated video mapping enhanced the advantages of this new series of tablet press machines.
The programme of 29 October included technical presentations on IMA's latest pharmaceutical process innovations and visits to the Group's plants in Ozzano dell'Emilia, Bologna, where the guests were able to exchange opinions and information with our technicians: genuine added value to their daily experience in the production departments of pharmaceutical multinational corporations and companies.
IMA's commitment to technological innovation has always given it a strong competitive advantage: constant hefty investment in R&D (approximately 5% of consolidated revenues) underlies the Group’s expansion and its ability to create value. Suffice to say that the IMA Group owns 1,300 patents and applications for patent in the world; it has more than 500 designers involved in product innovation and has launched many new machine models over the last years.
Andrea Semprini Cesari, IMA Active Vice-President, states: “We have invested a lot in this new range of tablet press machines, by creating a department inside the IMA Active division specifically dedicated to this sector of solid dose processing. The so-called “Tablet Academy” has been created to consolidate the important investments made in the tableting sector and to better serve the needs of our customers all over the world. We are happy to announce that ten Prexima have already been sold in different countries. Everything that we have gained over years of experience and expertise in this field has been carefully channelled into this new range of tablet presses, confirming our ability to anticipate all future challenges and our firm commitment to developing new solutions that incorporate the most advanced technology. Our aim for the next three years - concluded Andrea Semprini Cesari - is to increase our market share in tablet press machines, while consolidating our wide range of products aimed at driving our customers’ productivity to a higher level of efficiency”.
The event was attended by Alberto Vacchi, IMA’s Chairman and CEO, who states: "We were delighted to be hosting numerous customers from all over the world in the elegant Palazzo di Varignana and at the Group's plants, emphasising the importance of our local territory. It was an opportunity to enhance the innovative capacity of our Group. IMA has grown thanks to acquisitions, but it has always remained deeply rooted to its territory. IMA looks out to the world with its brain, but its heart remains in Bologna - and this is a key value”.