Tekni-Plex introduces new Pentafill L + Fill bench-top vial filling/sealing machine
Tekni-Plex is debuting a new bench-top vial filling and sealing machine ideal for lab research and small quantity start-up production.
Called the Pentafill® L + Fill, the machine now adds filling capability to the Pentafill L unit which only seals the vials. The new machine accommodates five-unit strips of 0.33-, 0.6-, 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-ml plastic (PE, LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, PP and EVOH barrier) vials.
To execute a fill/seal, an operator loads the five-unit strips into a holder, which is then manually inserted into the machine. The vials are filled and sealed automatically, followed by manual removal of the holder.
“Up until now, pharmaceutical companies and labs had to manually fill small-scale production vials before inserting them into the machine for sealing. This resulted in fills that were frequently imprecise and therefore not ideal for lab research or therapeutic use. To help eliminate that issue, our customers asked us to create a unit that would provide precision fills, each and every time,” said Melissa Green, global senior director marketing and strategy, Tekni-Plex Healthcare Packaging.
The Pentafill L + Fill allows the user to mimic the results of a full-scale production machine via a compact, bench-top unit. The machine includes a heating head, cold-molding pliers and a sealer. It features interchangeable holders for different vial capacities and simple external controls to execute the fill/seal. The Pentafill L + Fill is available in the United States from Tekni-Plex’s LF of America business, and in Europe from its Lameplast operations.
“The demand for this type of capability continues to increase as pharmaceutical manufacturers look for alternatives to expensive, hard-to-source glass vials. Additionally, new unit dose applications continue to be developed making the Pentafill L + Fill an ideal unit for lab studies and small-scale production,” said Green.
About the Tekni-Plex healthcare packaging businesses
The Tekni-Plex healthcare packaging businesses (Tekni-Plex Flexibles, Tekni-Films, Lameplast, LF of America and Beyers Plastics) produce flexible packaging for the medical device and pharmaceutical markets via nine manufacturing plants in North America and Europe. For medical devices, Tekni-Plex offers a broad portfolio of sterilizable packaging substrates including thermoformable medical tray films, coated and uncoated Tyvek®, heat- and cold-seal coated paper and films, medical-grade laminates, die-cut lids, labels and cleanroom bags. For pharmaceutical applications, Tekni-Plex offers blister films and foil, film and paper laminates, unit- and multi-dose containers.
About Tekni-Plex, Inc.
Tekni-Plex is a globally-integrated company focused on developing and manufacturing products for a wide variety of end markets, including medical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, personal care, household and industrial. Tekni-Plex is headquartered in Wayne, PA, and operates manufacturing sites across ten countries worldwide to meet the needs of its global customers. For more information visit www.tekni-plex.com.