Fakuma exhibit: IML application for medical technology

Using centrifuge tubes with labels as an example, ARBURG will be unveiling an innovative IML application with added value for the pharmaceutical industry and medical technology at Fakuma 2023 (Hall A3, Stand 3101). Renowned partners Kebo (mould), MCC/Verstraete (label), Beck (automation) and Intravis (camera inspection) are participating in the innovative IML joint project involving an electric ALLROUNDER 520 A in clean room design.

High-performance electric machine for medical technology

The exhibit, an electric ALLROUNDER 520 A "Ultimate", is designed for fast and demanding processes such as thin-wall applications. The high-performance machine in clean room design meets the requirements of class ISO 7. An 8-cavity mould from KEBO is used to produce 15 millilitre tubes made of PP. A label applicator head from Beck is used to apply the labels, while optical control is carried out via a camera system from Intravis. The servo-electric drives of the injection moulding machine ensure precise and reproducible mould positioning. With the exhibit, attention was also paid to a low carbon footprint, energy efficiency and a compact production cell.

Functional integration using IML labels

IML labels enable functional integration in a single step with no need for printing associated with rejects, for example, or further downstream work steps. As a result, the production process is fast, space-saving, cost-efficient and without any additional hygiene risk. Individual codes can be used to track data on processes, quality and patients, for example, with 100 per cent traceability for each individual part. The monitoring of temperature profiles or information on recycling and warehouse management can also be implemented with these labels.

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