High performance pharmaceutical packaging for small and medium batches

The BEC 300 is a compact complete system that networks a blister machine, cartoner and feeder over a length of 7.9 meters. A Powerful sert-up, it packs all common tablet and capsule formats at speeds of up to 300 blisters per minute. Guided, tool-free format changeovers guarantee changeover times of less than 30 minutes – for the flexible packaging of batches up to a size of around 70,000 folding boxes. Easy cleaning, intuitive operation and reliable technology result in maximum safety, stability and productivity. Together with Uhlmann's services and digital solutions, the result is a coordinated system that provides pharmaceutical and nutraceutical producers with optimum support for every market requirement.

The benefits to you of the BEC 300 blister line

Powerful

High-performance complete system for packaging small and medium batches of up to 70,000 packs

Flexible

Greater flexibility in dynamic markets thanks to processing of all common solid formats and fast format changes in less than 30 minutes

Safe

Maximum safety and performance thanks to reliable technology and simple, intuitive operation – even by inexperienced personnel

Fast

Short delivery times and rapid commissioning for unforeseen requirements

Digital

High level of efficiency thanks to seamless integration into fully-automated production environments

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Blister line BEC 300
 

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.

Vibratory feeder
The vibratory feeder quickly and efficiently feeds products of simple geometry in the running direction of the machine.

Fill section
The pharmaceutically compliant Blister line BEC 300 has a clearly visible fill section. This facilitates fast line clearance.

Rotary sealing
Various functions of the rotary sealing promote high blister quality and protect the products, e.g., automatic lifting in the case of a machine stop.

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.

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BEC 300 in detail

Technical data at a glance
Max. output 300 blisters/min.
Mode of operation single lane
Scope of application solid dose products
Sealing principle rotary sealing
Max. format area [index x width] 200 x 145 mm
Max. forming depth 12 mm
Max. reel diameter forming material 600 mm, lid material 300 mm
Processable forming materials laminated Al foils, PVC, PVC/PVDC, PVC/Aclar, PP
Processable lid materials hard Al, soft Al, paper/Al, Al with defined hardness, others on request

 

Max. output 150 or 300 cartons/min.
Scope of application blisters
Max. carton size [A x B x H] 115 x 100 x 150 mm (150 cartons/min.), 105 x 105 x 155 mm (300 cartons/min.)
Pitch 140 mm
Max. no. of blisters 14
Max. blister stack height 95 mm
Types of closure  tuck-in and hot-melt

 

Questions & Answers about the BEC 300 blister Line

How powerful is the BEC 300 blister line?
The Blister Express Center (BEC) 300 packs tablets, capsules and other solids at a maximum speed of up to 300 blisters and up to 150 (optionally 300) folding boxes per minute.

Do I need special training to operate the BEC 300 blister line?
The BEC 300 pharmaceutical-grade blister line focuses on user-friendliness meaning that it can also be operated by inexperienced personnel:

  • The system is easy to clean, retool and operate.
  • The few format parts are lightweight and allow quick changeover.
  • The operating system guides operators through format changeovers and provides support during operation.
  • The rotary folding box feeder is designed for ergonomic operation thanks to the optimum working height.
  • Smooth surfaces and the easily visible balcony design enable fast, GMP-compliant cleaning without lengthy downtimes.
     

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

How quickly can format changeovers be made on the BEC 300 blister line?
A format change can be performed on the BEC 300 within 30 minutes by one person. The short changeover time is made possible by a small number of lightweight format parts that can be replaced without tools. The SmartControl operating system guides even inexperienced operators step-by-step through the format changeover and supports them during the production phase.

Which operating system is the BEC 300 blister line equipped with?
The SmartControl operating system is a unique HMI (Human Machine Interface) with an exceptional graphical user interface. The intuitive user guidance and clearly structured layout also help operators with little experience to quickly familiarize themselves with the pharmaceutical-grade blister line.

Which formats can be packaged on the BEC 300 blister line?
The Blister Express Center (BEC) 300 can be used to package a wide range of solid formats:

  • With the forming film, draw depths of 12 mm for PVC blisters and 10 mm for aluminum blisters can be implmented without any performance restrictions.
  • Large tablets such as oblongs or capsules can be deposited in pockets up to 40 mm long. The BEC 200, the BEC 400, the BEC 500 and the BEC 700 with plate sealing are available for large-format solid products in aluminum/aluminum blisters.
  • Thanks to a maximum folding box height of 100 mm, a wide variety of folding box sizes or formats can be implemented.
  • The BEC 300 also packs larger blister stacks, for example a stack of 10 standard capsules including brochure, into a folding box.

What are the advantages of the modular design of the BEC 300 blister line?
The two-part design of the BEC 300 enables customer-specific machine configuration. For example, the line can be divided by a pharmaceutical wall or the blister module can be combined with other cartoners. L-shaped installation is also possible.

Is the BEC 300 blister line suitable for fully automated production processes/production 4.0?
Like all Uhlmann components, the BEC 300 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. For the solution of complex, digital requirements, Uhlmann offers the unique, open software platform Pexcite. With its diverse functions, it flexibly networks machines and equipment along the entire pharmaceutical value chain, regardless of manufacturer.

Is the BEC 300 blister line suitable as the basis for a containment line?
The BEC 300 is ideally suited as the basis of a containment blister line and can be expanded accordingly: 

  • Innovative Air Management Unit with different air pressure zones: negative pressure for personal protection, positive pressure for product protection – both are also possible.
  • All internal areas of the BEC 300 are easy to clean thanks to smooth, sloping surfaces. 
  • Few, small and light format parts can be easily fed in and out and enable efficient product changeovers.
     

You can get a first impression of the BEC 300 as a containment line in our Video.

How sustainable is the use of the BEC 300 blister line?
The pharmaceutical-grade BEC 300 blister line 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. When purchasing a BEC 300, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturers invest in a stable packaging line that will remain with them for decades, for example through comprehensive upgrades and further services from Uhlmann.

How flexible is the layout of the BEC 300? Is it possible to set up at right angles or interrupt for a pharmaceutical wall?
The BEC 300 is very flexible in terms of installation in the production room. The blister machine and the cartoner can be set up in a straight line, offset or at an angle to each other. The blister and artooning module can be separated by a pharmaceutical wall or can be set up in different rooms. We would be happy to check with you how you can optimally fit the BEC 300 into the layout of your site.

Can the BEC 300 be integrated into a “Track & Trace” system?
The cartoner of the BEC 300 offers enough space to integrate camera and printing systems. This makes it easy to equip the line with hardware for Track & Trace. Uhlmann also offers in-house developed software solutions for Track & Trace.

Which solid product feeders fit the BEC 300 blister line?
The BEC 300 blister line can be combined with all standard feeders from Uhlmann (vibratory feeder, brush-in feeder or SimTap feeder). It is also possible to equip the machine with several feeders. If your requirements cannot be met by any particular standard, Uhlmann's experts will support you with a customized feeder.

Can the blister module of the BEC 300 also be combined with other cartoners?
It is possible to link the blister module with other Uhlmann cartoners. We will be happy to advise you on this.

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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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