Product novelty 14. September 2023

ALLROUNDER 520 A: Highly innovative 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. While in-mould labelling (IML) is standard for packaging products, this process is still rarely used in the medical industry. Renowned partners KEBO (tooling), MCC/Verstraete (label), Beck (automation) and Intravis (camera inspection) are involved in the innovative joint IML project.

The electric ALLROUNDER 520 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-ml tubes from 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.

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% traceability for each individual part. The monitoring of temperature profiles or information on recycling and warehouse management can also be implemented with these labels.