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MG AMERICA TO INTRODUCE THREE NEW MACHINES, INCLUDING NEXT-GENERATION PLANETA CAPSULE FILLER, AT INTERPHEX

04/04/2016

(NEW YORK, NY; April 4, 2016) – International Pharmaceutical Expo (INTERPHEX), the premier event dedicated to pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovation, technology and knowledge from development through commercialization, sponsored by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), today announced that MG America, leading supplier of processing and packaging equipment, will showcase a variety of premium equipment at INTERPHEX, Booth #2221, April 26-28. Headlined by the company’s next-generation PLANETA 200 Capsule Filler, the lineup also includes a high-throughput Checkweigher from Anritsu, and an automatic Tablet and Capsule Inspector from Antares Vision.

“We are delighted that MG America has chosen INTERPHEX to launch three new machines and provide a first-look at the next evolution of capsule fillers and packaging technologies,” said Ed Several, Senior Vice President, INTERPHEX. “Thank you to MG America for being a long-standing supporter of INTERPHEX and for helping us to realize our goal of being the industry event where all of the cutting-edge technology is showcased.”

The PLANETA 200 Capsule Filler is the latest evolution in a line of well-established continuous motion machines. The PLANETA 200 produces up to 200.000 capsules per hour, but its primary advantage is its premium flexibility: its modular design results in a highly configurable platform suitable for a wide array of production requirements, including an ability to fit several dosing units simultaneously, enabling one capsule to be filled with differing products. Dosing units ascribe to a “no capsule, no dosage” concept, ensuring superior machine cleaning as well as reduction of both product waste and its exposure to the greater processing environment.

The PLANETA 200 also is scalable. It can, for example, initially be configured for medium speeds, the upgraded later for maximum speeds, reaching different performances depending on the number and type of dosing units installed. Its weight control system also can be upgraded post-installation; this includes facets as simple as statistical control of capsule gross weight up to the highly advanced MultiNETT system, which allows in-process net weight checks of each capsule and, in the case of same-capsule dosing combinations each dosed product. Finally, PLANETA 200 can be equipped with isolators satisfying different containment levels, as well as various washing systems ranging from Wet-In-Place to Wash/Clean-In-Place automatic systems (WiP/CiP).

The Anritsu KWS Capsule Checkweigher achieves high throughput of up to 230,000 capsules per hour with an accuracy of +/-0.5mg, meeting the industry’s most stringent requirements. The machine’s exceptional production capabilities deliver exemplary accuracy at high speeds, and feature impressive flexibility concerning the various product shapes and sizes it can handle. Its enhanced handling technology eliminates the bouncing of empty capsules and prevents them from potential market entry.

The checkweigher’s small footprint and 15” color touchscreen interface helps provide easy operation, and its Ethernet connectivity enables real time remote data collection. It meets GMP standard and validation requirements with 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, and an inclined chassis eliminates blind spots – further preventing dropped capsules from going missing or mixing with other products. The checkweigher is designed to be easy and quick to clean, and parts changeover is tool-free. An overload protection load cell prevents breakdowns after accidental overload during changeover and cleaning.

The Antares Vision TCI Tablet & Capsule Inspector is a fully automatic standalone machine designed to inspect pharmaceutical capsules and tablets. Versatile, smart and efficient, the TCI combines high production throughput (up to 300.0000 units/hour) with great accuracy in inspection (precision up to 100μm).

Comprehensiveness is the TCI’s trademark: A double-drum system manipulates products while six cameras and three analyzers acquire images of the entire surface of the products. The collected images are analyzed in real time, and the products are eventually sorted and conveyed towards the appropriate path: conform, reject, or re-check. The precise optical detector for sorting verification ensures fail-safe, reliable operation.

Defects identified on tablets and capsules include damaged edges, color deviation, dots, dirt, uneven surfaces, cracks, dents, chips, holes, drill, joints, coating defects, low imprint and poor embossing quality. Products found to be defective are automatically rejected by an air blow into a dedicated stainless steel reject container.

The Antares Vision TCI is controlled via a user-friendly graphical interface on a 19” touch-screen monitor, providing intuitive operation for inspection functions, new formats creation by wizard setup, and receipts recall. Ergonomic design with a small number of parts allows very fast changeover as well as easy cleaning and maintenance operations.

To register for INTERPHEX 2016, visit www.INTERPHEX.com/register.

About MG America MG America, a subsidiary of MG2, Bologna Italy, is a leading supplier of an innovative family of precision-crafted processing and packaging machinery that includes capsule fillers, material handling, aseptic equipment, primary packaging equipment, secondary packaging equipment, checkweighing/weight control systems, tablet & capsule inspection, and line integration solutions. From sales, field service and spare parts to machine trials and local service/support representation, MG America offers a true "Partnership for Success." MG America is located at 31 Kulick Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004. For more information, call (973) 808-8185 or (toll-free) 866-962-3090, or visit www.mgamerica.com.

About INTERPHEX INTERPHEX (International Pharmaceutical Expo), is a premier pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device development and manufacturing event and sponsored by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA). Dedicated to Innovation, Technologies and Knowledge, the show focuses on the entire product development life cycle, offering solutions to cost effectively develop and manufacture products. Held in New York, it brings over 10,000 global industry professionals together with 600+ suppliers through a unique combination of our no cost technical conference, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, partnering opportunities, and networking events. INTERPHEX offers annual national and international industry events and educational opportunities around the world. Follow INTERPHEX on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. IPX Blog continues the learning beyond the show floor. For more information, visit www.INTERPHEX.com

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