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Feeding and handling in the battle against Covid-19

316L stainless steel bowl feeder with a medical grade electropolishing finish

High-grade 316L Stainless Steel

FDA Approved

Quick Release bowl vial stopper

Quick Changeover

Bowl feeder coated with Teflon

Multi-lane System Design

Also see: RNA Automated Feeding System for COVID-19 testing

The battle against Covid-19 has delivered not just a vaccine at record speed but also a huge demand for supplement-vaccine products like syringes, needles and glass vials. RNA serve the pharmaceuticals and medical device industries by providing automated feeding and handling systems to meet increased demand related to Covid-19 vaccine production.

Given the nature of the pandemic, the supplement-vaccine products must be produced very quickly, and most importantly, be manufactured without any outside contamination to be safe and effective.

Bowl feeder systems are common but important feeding equipment when it comes to filling and packaging systems in the Covid-19 vaccine production, for example, syringes, needles and glass vials. Not only must bowl feeders be built to precise and clean specifications, they also need to meet the guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

RNA have recently completed vibratory bowl feeders for feeding syringes plungers and glass syringes which are used for Covid-19 vaccination. The machines were designed and developed with GAMP Pharmaceutical standards.

RNA bowl feeder feeds 2 variant of glass syringes

RNA bowl feeder feeds 2 variant of glass syringes, with a white FDA approved polyurethane coating and interchangeable tooling

Pharmaceutical feeder applications are among the most heavily regulated. High-grade 316L Stainless steel is used for all parts of the bowl with continuous seam welded and electro polish finish suitable for handling pharmaceutical products including syringes, needles and glass vials. This ensures the bowl surface is smooth, pit free and resistant to dust collection.

A multi-lane system design can provide a consistent feed at a higher output rate to accommodate high demand.

Multi-lane bowl feeder coated with a Teflon coating

Bowl feeder coated with a smooth Teflon coating; the system comes with 3 single lane linear out-feeds 6 lines at exit from linears

When feeding of dimensional and quantity variations is required, flexible feed system comprised of pharmaceutical bowl feeder, vision and robotics can offer higher performance and efficiency. Flexible feed system can be easily reconfigured to accommodate production changes and is particularly suited for handling and feeding medical products of complex geometries such as syringe plungers.

The use of vision and robotics ensures the quality, reliability and speed of the manufacture, assembly and packaging, helping diagnostics manufacturers accelerate and enhance the production process of the COVID-19 supplement-vaccine products.

RNA also supplied feeding systems for handling plastic vials, swabs and test tubes which are used for the Covid-19 test kits and antibody test kits.
See: RNA Automated Feeding System for COVID-19 testing

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