Maximum efficiency in pharmaceutical packaging

Feeder, blister machine and cartoner in one line: the Blister Express Center 500 – BEC 500 for short – is the all-rounder among Uhlmann's blister lines. At 9.8 meters in length, the two-lane line offers maximum efficiency for packaging solid products in blisters and folding boxes - with an output of up to 500 blisters and 300 or 500 folding boxes per minute. The tool-free format changeover in just 30 minutes provides a high degree of flexibility. Thanks to the lightweight format parts and step-by-step instructions via the SmartControl HMI, changeovers can be completed quickly even by inexperienced operators. The BEC 500 blister line reliably packs all common solid products and film types and is optimally suited for small, medium and large batches – a true all-rounder.

The benefits to you of the BEC 500 blister line

Powerful

The high-performance line processes up to 500 blisters and 300 or 500 folding boxes per minute

Flexible

Unmatched flexibility with packaging of all common solid products, guided format changeovers in just 30 minutes, and choice of roller or plate sealing

Safe

Maximum process reliability thanks to smart technology as well as intuitive operation and cleaning – even by inexperienced operators

Digital

Perfectly-networked complete system that can be easily integrated into new and existing IT systems

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Blister line BEC 500
 

Heating and forming station
 

SimTap feeder

Rotary sealing

Embossing, perforating, and punching station
 

Blister transfer

Leaflet folder
Good accessibility: the leaflet folder can be pulled forward and turned.

Format parts of the blister module for rotary sealing

Carton feeder

Leaflet and product loading

Closing station

Platen sealing station

Brush box feeder

Vibratory feeder

Uhlmann Blister line BEC 500
Integrated, flexible, efficient and easy to use: the double-lane Blister line BEC 500 guarantees top pharmaceutically compliant blister quality, outstanding process reliability, and highest productivity.

BEC 500 in detail

Technical data at a glance
Max. output 500 blisters/min.
Mode of operation 2-lanes
Scope of application solid dose products
Sealing principle platen or rotary sealing
Max. format area [index x width] 200 x 284 mm
Max. forming depth 12 mm (PVC), 11 mm (Al)
Max. reel diameter forming material 600 mm (800 mm*), lid material 300 mm (400 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 upon request
*optional extension  

 

Max. output 300 or 500 cartons/min.
Scope of application blisters
Max. carton size [A x B x H] 105 x 105 x 155 mm (300 cartons/min.), 80 x 90 x 155 mm (500 cartons/min.)
Pitch 5'' (300 cartons/min.), 4'' (500 cartons/min.)
Max. no. of blisters 14
Max. blister stack height 95 mm (300 cartons/min.), 85 mm (500 cartons/min.)
Types of closure  tuck-in and hot-melt

 

Questions & Answers about the BEC 500 blister Line

How easy is it to operate the BEC 500 blister line?
The BEC 500 blister line has been designed so that even inexperienced operators can run the line:

  • Smooth surfaces as well as the clear balcony design allow quick cleaning and easy access from the operator side.
  • Format changeovers can be performed without tools in just 30 minutes.
  • The SmartControl operating system guides operators step-by-step through format changeovers.
  • The optimum working height enables ergonomic working.
  • Operation, cleaning and changeover are therefore intuitive, user-friendly and simple!
     

For even greater process reliability, Uhlmann offers customized training for operating and maintenance personnel. Find out more now!

How powerful is the BEC 500 blister line?
The BEC 500 blister line reliably and quickly packs all common solid products in any batch size. This means that up to 500 blisters and 300 or 500 folding boxes can be packed per minute.

How quickly can format changeovers be made on the BEC 500 blister line?
A format change on the BEC 500 can be completed in just 30 minutes. The few format parts are lightweight and can be easily replaced by a single person and without tools. The SmartControl operating system guides even inexperienced personnel step-by-step through format changeovers.

Which operating system is the BEC 500 blister line equipped with?
The BEC 500 is equipped with the SmartControl operating system. The unique HMI (Human Machine Interface) scores with a graphical user interface and guides operators step-by-step through individual processes in pharmaceutical packaging. The clearly structured layout means that even inexperienced personnel can quickly start working on the BEC 500 blister line.

Which formats can be packaged on the BEC 500 blister line?
The BEC 500 blister line can reliably package all common solid products and film types:

  • For PVC blisters, the drawing depth is up to 12 mm, for aluminum blisters up to 11mm.
  • The maximum folding box sizes are (A x W x H) 105 x 105 x 155 mm at 300 folding boxes per minute and 80 x 90 x 155 mm at 500 folding boxes per minute. Therefore, a large variety of formats are provided for.
  • The maximum number of blisters is 14 pieces per folding box.
  • The BEC 500 achieves a speed of up to 300 folding boxes per minute at a maximum stack height of 95 mm, and up to 500 folding boxes per minute at a stack height of 85 mm.
     

What are the advantages of the modular design of the BEC 500 blister line?
The modular design consisting of feeder, blister module and cartoner module allows for customer-specific machine configurations. The Blister Express Center (BEC) 500 can be expanded at any time or combined with another cartoner – in other words, a true all-rounder.

Is the BEC 500 blister line suitable for fully automated production processes/Production 4.0?
Like all Uhlmann components, the BEC 500 blister line can be easily integrated into new or existing IT environments. Thus, integration into the "Track & Trace" solutions from Uhlmann or other manufacturers is just as possible as into the fully automated digital processes of a Production 4.0. The Pexcite open software platform is available to pharmaceutical manufacturers for solving complex digital requirements. Pexcite has a wide range of functions and flexibly networks machines and equipment along the entire pharmaceutical value chain, regardless of manufacturer.

Can a "Track & Trace" system be integrated into the BEC 500?
Track & Trace can be integrated into the BEC 500 – either by Uhlmann or a third-party supplier. There is sufficient space in the cartoner for installing hardware such as camera and printing systems. The hardware can be supplemented by our in-house developed software solutions for Track & Trace – for a seamless system from a single source.

The BEC 500 is available with roller or plate sealing. When is which sealing principle suitable?
Rotary roller sealing can basically be used for all film types and efficiently and reliably seals standard blisters with round tablets or capsules, for example. It is also suitable for aluminum blisters with a pocket length of up to 29 mm. It has a cooled feed roller, which allows film shrinkage to be minimized – for optimum sealing results that are gentle on the product. An optional cover film preheater allows peel-push films to be processed.
Intermittent plate sealing with a horizontal film run delivers optimum results even with larger aluminum pockets or calendar packs. It is also suitable for special cover films and for peel and peel-push blisters. In this case, sealing takes place with a constant sealing time regardless of the number of cycles. The sealing tool is precisely positioned by means of a laser control of the pockets.

Does the BEC 500 have to be set up continuously and in a straight line?
The blister machine and cartoner of the BEC 500 can be fitted extremely flexibly into the layout of your site – either linearly, offset laterally or at an angle. Installation in two rooms or separated by a pharmaceutical wall is also possible.

Which solid feed systems can be installed in the BEC 500?
The BEC 500 can be equipped with all Uhlmann solid feeders: vibratory feeder, brush-in feeder or SimTap. It is also possible to install multiple feeders. For special requirements, we can work with you to find a customized feeding solution.

Can the BEC 500 blister machine be combined with other cartoners?
Thanks to its modular design, it can be linked to other Uhlmann cartoners at any time.

Is the BEC 500 blister line sustainable?
Yes. On the Blister Express Center (BEC) 500, easily recyclable monomaterials such as polypropylene as well as films made from renewable raw materials, for example PLA, can be processed reliably and efficiently. By purchasing a BEC 500, pharmaceutical manufacturers invest in a reliable line that will achieve high productivity over many years thanks to regular upgrades and modernization by Uhlmann and are therefore ideally positioned to meet the demands of the future!

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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 up to 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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