Installing a cleanroom for medical moulding operations requires significant resources, which may be difficult to justify for niche applications. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s new injection moulding system
circumvents that expense by incorporating an ISO Class 7 cleanroom into its self-contained design. The all-electric activeCell comes with a platen-mounted six-axis robot, laminar airflow cabinets in the mould-space area and integral packaging equipment. As installed by company technicians, the system complies with GAMP and US FDA requirements as well as DQ, IQ and OQ documentation.
Available in 100-, 160-, 220- and 280-t formats, the activeCell system is “designed to address current market requirements for a low-investment alternative with complete flexibility at a fraction of the cost of a full cleanroom,” says Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK Managing Director Nigel Flowers.
The compact fully guarded cell combines technologies from Sumitomo Demag’s UK-based technology partners Motoman (robotics), AVT (packaging) and Max Petek (laminar flow hood). The system maintains its ISO Class 7 environment by means of laminar air-flow systems that flood the mould surface and part-handling areas with HEPA filtered air.
Once parts are moulded, a six-axis robot transfers them to the conveyor, chute or packaging system, as required. The robot can also perform secondary operations such as assembly and palletising. A fully integrated packing system bags multiple products under controlled conditions before they exit the machine.
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