In the pharmaceutical industry, tubs with nests are a common secondary packaging for handling glass packaging, for example, syringes, vials, ampoules and cartridges.
Although the processing of liquid pharmaceutical products is usually already automated (e.g., filling, labelling, inspection), the insertion of tubs with nests into systems is often still manually. STERISYS has recognized this fact and offers its solutions for automated tub and nest handling.
Regardless of whether we can use our standard system modules or need to develop customized solutions for you from scratch: We are the right partner!
Our strength lies in the experience of our customers, which we have gained over the years. Based on this experience and your specific requirements, system layouts and production processes, we develop the optimal solution for you regarding the automated handling of glass or plastic packaging.
We provide you with assistance from the very beginning: From the development of a concept with dynamic and informative 3D layout visualization to the production, on-site installation and commissioning of the system – everything from a single source.
Our solutions can be seamlessly integrated in your existing manufacturing and logistics processes and, depending on your requirements, they can be linked to the customer’s ERP systems to provide a complete level of automation and ensure product tracking.
Our existing standard system modules ensure the flexible handling of different tub and nest formats that you may use.
We can provide individual solutions for your secondary packaging format:
- tub with a cover
- tub without a cover
- tub with intermediate layer for pallets (e.g., plastic panels)
- tubs and nests in special sizes
You also decide which processes to automate:
- Depalletizing: removal of a tub from boxes, pallets or shelf trolleys
- Palletizing: placement of a tub into boxes, pallets or shelf trolleys
- Nest handling: removal of a nest from the tube and its (re)insertion into the tube
- Denesting: removal of syringes from nests
- Nesting: placement of syringes into nests
Transporting of pharmaceutical containers requires a high degree of precision. Therefore, conveyor systems, such as conveyor belts, staplers or buffer systems (stackers), are designed and constructed according to your requirements (e.g., no contact with the product) and the standardized hygiene requirements.
We can also integrate additional equipment, for example a barcode scanner, into the process to ensure a seamless product tracking.
In order for the robot to properly remove tubs from the pallet, tubs need to be correctly positioned. If covers and pallet divider sheets are not used during transportation, often the correct placement cannot be guaranteed, as, for example, the tubs can easily overlap and thus make it more difficult for robots to remove them.
To minimize this risk, the integrated camera vision system developed by STERISYS detects the exact object position and adjusts the position of the robot gripper accordingly. This ensures the safe removal of tubs or the insertion of nests into tubs.