Ideal entry into the top class of solid product packaging

The BEC 200 blister line offers pharmaceutical and nutraceutical producers entry into the top class of solid product packaging at an attractive entry price. The compact complete system comprising a feeder, blister machine and cartoner packs small batches of 2,000 to 50,000 packs with the highest quality and efficiency – at up to 200 blisters and 150 folding boxes per minute. With the scalable blister line, contract packers and manufacturers of dietary supplements or generics are future-proofed: should requirements increase, the output of the BEC 200 can be optionally increased to up to 300 blisters per minute. Gentle sheet sealing enables the packaging of unusual solid geometries, for example in large-format aluminum-aluminum blisters. Time-saving format changes in under 30 minutes and intuitive operation ensure maximum performance and reliability. In this way, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical producers are flexibly positioned and can also react effortlessly to dynamic market changes.

The benefits to you of the BEC 200 blister line

Future-Proof

Scalable blister line for packaging small batches from 2,000 to 50,000 packs

Flexible

Processing of all common solid formats and time-saving format changes for more flexibility in volatile markets

Economical

High quality and efficiency at an attractive entry-level price

Safe

Maximum performance and safety of the user-friendly, GMP-compliant complete system – even for inexperienced personnel

Gentle

Sheet sealing, also of large-format aluminum-aluminum blisters for unusual solid geometries

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Heating and forming station
The servo-regulated forming station has four guide posts that ensure uniform closing pressure. It processes the forming material to form blisters with a maximum forming depth of 12 mm (PVC) and 10 mm (aluminum). The heating station has three individually adjustable heating zones per heating plate. The heating plates open automatically when the machine stops.

Brush box feeder
For numerous product shapes and all thermoformable films

SimTap feeder
For all shapes of solid dose products, single- or multi-phase preparations, single- or multi-lane operation

Fill section
The pharmaceutically compliant Blister line BEC 200 has a clearly visible fill section. This facilitates fast line clearance.

Platen sealing station
User-friendly, servo-regulated station, easily accessible from the operating side for fast format changeovers

Embossing, perforating, and punching station
The embossing, perforating, and punching station ensures perfect blisters. The laser pocket control in the punch is responsible for absolutely accurate blister dimensions. Lightweight tools minimize resetting times.

Carton feeder
The design of the rotary carton feeder takes ergonomics into account. The carton blanks are easily loaded into the magazine.

Product loading
The servo-regulated product loader accurately inserts blisters and leaflets in the cartons.

Closing station
The cartoner module – here the closing station – is also designed for fast, tool-free format changeovers. An optional alternative is the integration of a station that permits a changeover from tuck-in to hot-melt closure. All marking and inspection systems for a Track & Trace application can be incorporated into the closing unit.

Uhlmann Blister line BEC 200 Great and small in one.

The compact, integrated system, comprising a blister and a cartoner module, efficiently packages small production volumes in customary Uhlmann quality. Equipped with platen sealing, the BEC 200 is also suitable for customized packaging solutions. Childproof, all-aluminum blisters are one example.

Solida Packaging
Line with BEC 200 + SimTap 4 + S 500 + ECP 12 including Track & Trace with serialization and aggregation

BEC 200 in detail

Technical data at a glance
Sealing principle platen sealing
Scope of application solid dose products
Mode of operation single-lane
Max. output 200 or 300* blisters/min.
Max. format area [index x width] 200 x 145 mm
Max. blister size 95 x 145 mm
Max. forming depth 12 mm
* Optional output upgrade  

 

Max. output 150 or 300 cartons/min.
Max. carton size [A x B x H] 100 x 100 x 150 mm or 100 x 105 x 150 mm
Max. no. of blisters 14
Max. blister stack height 95 mm or 100 mm
Types of closure  tuck-in and hot-melt

 

Questions & Answers about the BEC 200 blister line

Which products is the BEC 200 blister line particularly suitable for?
Its cost-effectiveness makes it suitable for all producers of nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals who require high packaging quality but still need to keep an eye on costs. A wide range of product shapes can be packaged on the BEC 200 in blisters and folding boxes. The short changeover time of the BEC 200 is a major advantage, especially for small batches and a correspondingly large number of format changes.

What is the output of the BEC 200 blister line?
With a top speed of up to 200 blisters and 150 folding boxes per minute, the BEC 200 packs tablets, capsules and other solid products.

Can the output of the BEC 200 blister line be increased?
As demand grows, the output of the BEC 200 blister line can be increased. The feeding technology can be adapted and individually adjusted. If production needs to be increased, the line can produce up to 300 blisters per minute after an optional performance upgrade.

How time-consuming is the training for the BEC 200 blister line?
Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical producers can operate the pharma-grade BEC 200 blister line without lengthy training thanks to its high level of user-friendliness:

  • The operating system guides even inexperienced personnel through format changeovers and provides support during operation.
  • The line is easy to clean, retool and operate.
  • The few, lightweight format parts enable quick format changes.
  • The rotary folding box feeder is designed for ergonomic operation thanks to the optimum working height.
  • An easily visible balcony design and smooth surfaces facilitate fast, GMP-compliant cleaning without a lengthy downtimes.
     

For high process reliability and particularly fast ramp-up, Uhlmann additionally offers customized training for operating and maintenance personnel.

Which operating system is the BEC 200 blister line equipped with?
The SmartControl operating system is a unique HMI (Human Machine Interface) with intuitive user guidance. The layout of the graphical user interface is clearly structured. This allows operators with little experience to quickly become familiar with the BEC 200.

How quickly can a format change be carried out on the BEC 200 blister line?
Due to the few, lightweight format parts, a format change on the BEC 200 is possible in less than 30 minutes. During this time, just one person can replace all format parts without tools. SmartControl, Uhlmann's intuitive operating system, guides operators through the entire format changeover.

Can using the BEC 200 blister line contribute to my sustainability goals?
The Blister Express Center (BEC) 200 is designed to process easily recyclable monomaterials such as polypropylene as well as films made from renewable raw materials, for example PLA, reliably and efficiently.

What are the advantages of the modular design of the BEC 200 blister line?
Thanks to the two-part design of the BEC 200, the line can be configured to make ideal use of the space available on site. For example, the blister and cartoning module can be divided by a pharmaceutical wall or set up in an L-shape. The blister machine and cartoner can also be combined with other modules.

Can the BEC 200 blister line be integrated into fully automated production processes/Production 4.0?
Like all Uhlmann components, the BEC 200 blister line can be integrated into existing or new IT environments. This applies to "Track & Trace" solutions from Uhlmann or other manufacturers as well as to the fully automated, digital processes of Production 4.0. The unique, open software platform Pexcite is particularly suitable for solving complex, digital requirements: manufacturer-independent and flexible, its diverse functions network machines and equipment along the entire pharmaceutical value chain.

Is the BEC 200 also available with roller sealing?
The BEC 200 is only available with plate sealing, which offers the following advantages:

  • Optimal results even with larger aluminum pockets or calendar packs
  • Suitable for special cover films as well as for peel and peel-push blisters
  • Horizontal foil gradient
  • Constant sealing time independent of the number of cycles
     

If roller sealing is more suitable for your products, we recommend our BEC 300 blister line.

Which solid formats can be packaged on the BEC 200 blister line?
Whether standard formats or special applications, gentle plate sealing enables packaging of a wide variety of solid formats on the Blister Express Center (BEC) 200, for example in large-format aluminum-aluminum or child-resistant blisters. With a maximum format range of 200 x 145 mm and a maximum folding box height of 170 mm, an enormous variety of folding box sizes or formats can be implemented. Drawing depths of 12 mm are possible with the forming film without performance restrictions.

Is a "Track & Trace" system available for the BEC 200?
The Uhlmann Track & Trace system can be easily integrated into any line. Sufficient space is available in the cartoner of the BEC 200 for camera and printing systems. In addition, Uhlmann offers corresponding software solutions for Track & Trace.

Which feeding systems for solid products can be integrated into the BEC 200 blister line?
The BEC 200 can be combined with all standard Uhlmann feeders: vibratory feeder, brush-in feeder or SimTap feeder. Equipping with multiple feeders is also possible. For this purpose, the filling section is extended accordingly. For special requirements, Uhlmann's team of experts will work with you to develop a customized solution.

Can the blister module of the BEC 200 also be linked to other cartoners?
Yes, linking with other Uhlmann cartoners is possible.

Does the BEC 200 have to be set up linearly or is an angle or interruption also possible for a pharmaceutical wall?
As far as installation in the production room is concerned, the BEC 200 is extremely flexible. The blister machine and cartoner can be set up in-line, offset or at an angle to each other. All BEC lines allow easy pharmaceutical wall separation. Contact us to see what options are available to fit the BEC 200 into the layout of your site.

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Our blister lines at a glance

  PERFORMANCE MINIMUM LENGTH BASE MODEL CHARGE SIZE MAX. FORMAT AREA
BLISTER MODULE [Feed x Width]
Max. 200 or 300 blisters/min.
Max. 150 / 300 folding boxes/min.
8.7 m 2,000-50,000 packages 200 x 145 mm
Max. 150 / 300 blisters/min.
Max. 150 / 300 folding boxes/min.
7.9 m < 70,000 packages 200 x 145 mm
Max. 400 blisters/min.
Max. 150 folding boxes/min.
8.4 m 30,000-150,000 packages 200 x 284 mm
Max. 500 blisters/min.
Max. 300 / 500 folding boxes/min.
9.8 m > 150,000 packages 200 x 284 mm
Max. 700 blisters/min.
Max. 300 / 500 folding boxes/min.
10.3 m > 150,000 packages 200 x 284 mm

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