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BAG OPENING AND TUB/TRAY OPENING
Fully robotic opening of sterile primary package

By embracing new robotic technologies adopted throughout all production operations, from outer/inner bag opening to the downstream handling process, IMA LIFE solutions enable a very smooth production process, reducing cross-contamination risks.

By embracing new robotic technologies adopted throughout all production operations, from outer/inner bag opening to the downstream handling process, IMA LIFE solutions enable a very smooth production process, reducing cross-contamination risks.

Robots do it better, it’s a clean-cut fact.

The primary package feeding area is usually surrounded by an open RABS (in the case of the outer bag opening module) or a closed RABS (in the case of the inner bag opening module), separating the nearby isolated processing area.

After a pincer device performs pick-up, the overwrapped tub/tray is automatically transferred to the cutting station, where the overbag is opened by a robotic cutting arm.

In case the primary package is supplied in a double-bag configuration (inner + outer bag solution), a double-cutting station is installed. The cut is made while keeping the bag flaps in a closed and fixed position.

After cutting, the package is instantly transferred by an internal transfer port to the isolated, processing area where the tub/tray will be definitively opened at the de-lidding station.

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BAG OPENING AND TUB/TRAY OPENING Highlights

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Fully automated, robotized bag opening and tub/tray de-lidding process
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Handling of single or double bagged package
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Single-use materials (inner and outer bag, Tyvek TM lid and liner) disposed of within the system
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Improved protection: surrounding area where bag is opened is confined beneath Restricted Barrier Systems
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Full Annex 1 compliance: bag flaps are opened and the tub/tray de-lidding takes place only once the tub is physically transferred to the isolated area
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Suitable for medium-high production levels
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State-of-the-art robotized production process from upstream primary package handling up to in-line downstream handling
To preserve the sterility of the tub, the bag flaps are opened by the suction cups only once the tub is physically transferred to the isolated area. If required, after unwrapping, the tub can be moved to the decontamination unit. The whole tub-opening unit is fully robotized;.
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BAG OPENING AND TUB/TRAY OPENING Gallery

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Outer bag loading
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Outer bag opening
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Inner bag forming
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Inner bag disposal
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Inner bag docking
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Inner bag docking detail
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Bag disposal
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Tub delidding
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Liner disposal
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