After investment release, packaging projects become increasingly complex, while the implementation periods become shorter and shorter. Therefore, competent advice with technical know-how by the sales service is of decisive importance in the run-up to the project. Dr. Klaus-Peter Ruf, owner and managing director of Transnova Ruf, realised this early on as one of the most important factors for success.
Bayer-Schering Pharma, Berlin, placed a turnkey order for the delivery of a packaging and palletising plant for active agents in glass bottles with Transnova-RUF. The special aspect of this order was that the relatively complex requirement had to be resolved with a concept which offers a quick and simple format changeover, in addition to the general GMP requirements.
"The cosmetics industry is growing worldwide. And perfumes are making a decisive contribution to this growth - provided subsequent delivery is correct. One important producer of cosmetics observed bottlenecks at one of its South American factories because of significantly increased filling volumes in the process of depalletising and inserting the empty flacons upstream of filling. These volumes could no longer be handled by manual operations and needed to be automated urgently. The cosmetics manufacturer contacted Transnova-RUF Verpackungs- und Palettiertechnik GmbH based in Ansbach asking for the development and construction of a robot-supported depalletising and inserting system. The task for the specialists for final packaging and palletising systems was to develop a system by which the glass or plastics flacons could depalletised from the empty container pallets and introduced into the downstream filling and sealing machine with the help of workpiece carriers. In this context, 40 different flacon types ranging from round to oval and polygonal have to be processed."