Bosch filling and closing lines for vials

Serum Institute offering affordable vaccines

Bosch’s FLC 3005 is a filling and closing machine for vials

Founded in 1966 by Cyrus Poonawalla the Serum Institute of India (SII) provides affordable vaccines to more than 140 countries including India. In its efforts to automate its facilities to control costs, the company has installed five lines from Bosch Packaging Technology at the Serum Bio-pharma Park situated in Pune. The company handles vials on an FLC, an FLP and an FLM filling and closing line; ampoules and vials are filled and sealed on an ALF combi line, while freeze-dried vials are capped on a stand-alone VRK vial capper. An additional FXS 2020 fills and closes pre-sterilized syringes.

SII is the first company in Asia to be certified by the World Health Organization (WHO). The institute supplies its products to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). India’s leading biotech company today produces billions of different vaccine doses annually under modern, Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP)-compliant conditions. “Such a modern facility must be equipped with highly reliable and state-of-the-art machines,” says SD Ravetkar, executive director, SII.

Serum Institute values its cooperation with Bosch. SD Ravetkar says, “Often it’s the small things that make a big difference. For instance, easy documentation and validation processes make life easier for our machine operators. With every project, the lines are adapted even better to our requirements.”

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