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Glenvale Packaging systems and expertise gain wider recognition with delivery of key advantages to manufacturing chemist in Slovenia

Glenvale Packaging systems and expertise gain wider recognition with delivery of key advantages to manufacturing chemist in Slovenia

The reputation for providing high quality filling and packaging equipment from leading suppliers, alongside a dedicated comprehensive service, which has been steadily developed by UK-based Glenvale Packaging, is now making inroads into Europe. The company reports a highly successful installation for a specialist manufacturing chemist in Slovenia, which is enhancing the efficiency of its capsule filling and bottling operations, enabling it to keep pace with increasing market demand.

Lekarna Ljubljana sl produces a wide range of products – from tablets and capsules to powders – for sale over the counter through 39 of its own outlets as well as via other pharmacy chains and independent outlets. Recent success has called for production processes to match increased demand, which has led directly to its work with Glenvale Packaging. This has centred on the installation of a Schaefer Technologies capsule-filling machine that now operates in conjunction with a MultiPharma CPE 6 electronic counting unit already on site.

The direct result of the investment, says the company, has seen potential bottlenecks between production and filling removed, alongside more efficient use of space and better deployment of staff. The filling work previously undertaken by two people in two days, it reports, can now be handled by just one staff member in little more than two hours.

“Prior to the installation, Lekarna had operated with two MultiPharma MC 100 capsule filling installations, which accommodated original demand levels,” comments Garry Coleman, Partner at Glenvale Packaging. “While these units are still used by the company for other duties, the new STI 10 unit from Schaefer Technologies is now providing a highly accurate production throughput from a single self-contained, semi-automatic facility, which can operate at a much faster rate.” He points out that this process then links directly with the MultiPharma CPE 6 unit which loads between 30 and 180 capsules into a container, depending upon product type and volume requirements.

Importantly, the Schaefer STI 10 system, which is operated via a simple, user-friendly control system, requires a footprint of just 3.34 sq. metres – meeting a key requirement at the Lekarna site. Up to 420 capsules per operation are rectified, filled and then pneumatically closed via a process that is designed to eliminate the risk of contamination and which also allows the operator to change capsule size and fill requirements very quickly when needed.

“Previously, we could fill up to 2,000 capsules each hour, but this has now increased to approximately 15,000, which fully meets our sales volume requirements,” comments Marko Znidarsic, Deputy Director of Lekarna Ljubljana. If required, the Schaefer unit can handle up to 25,000 capsules per hour.

The project is an excellent demonstration of Glenvale Packaging’s growing success, both in its home market and further afield. Its sourcing and supply of a range of stand-alone packaging equipment is enhanced by the close attention the company pays to customer support – not least installation and commissioning.

“Our training procedures also meant that only two days were needed to ensure Lekarna operators on site were fully skilled, with the company then able to take full advantage immediately of the benefits offered by the equipment design,” says Garry Coleman. He adds that Lekarna is initially focusing on the processing of two key products with others then being included in the new process line.

“Clearly this a highly specialist operation and one which has to meet demanding standards from both an efficiency and a regulatory point of view. We believe that our ability to work closely with each customer to tailor solutions to their exact needs is fundamental, and that this is fully demonstrated by our work with Lekarna Ljubljana in Slovenia,” he concludes.

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