Sunday 18 August 2013

Aseptic blow-fill-seal

Blow-Fill-Seal technology refers to the manufacturing technique used to produce small, (0.1mL) and large volume, (500mL +) liquid filled containers. The basic concept of blow fill seal (BFS) is that a container is formed, filled, and sealed in a continuous process without human intervention, in a sterile enclosed area inside a machine. Thus this technology can be used to Aseptically Manufacture sterile pharmaceutical liquid dosage forms.

The process is multi-stepped, firstly pharmaceutical-grade plastic resin is vertically heat extruded through a circular throat, to form a hanging tube called the Parison. This extruded tube is then enclosed within a two-part mould, and the tube is cut above the mould. The mould is transferred to the filling zone, or sterile filling space where filling needles mandrels are lowered and used to inflate the plastic to form the container within the mould. Following the formation of the container, the mandrel is used to fill the container with liquid, following filling the mandrels are retracted and a secondary top mould seals the container. All actions take place inside a sterile shrouded chamber inside the machine. The product is then discharged to a non-sterile area for labelling, packaging and distribution.

In relation to the technology, Chuck Reed has written a white paper on the technology. In the paper some of the environmental advantages of the technology are discussed.

The paper can be accessed here.

Posted by Tim Sandle

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