IWK TL Series assures safe, reliable product handling while incorporating novel transport system, station flexibility for shifting needs, and quick changeover for minimized downtime.IWK TL Series assures safe, reliable product handling while incorporating novel transport system, station flexibility for shifting needs, and quick changeover for minimized downtime.
Parsippany, NJ – IWK Packaging Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of premium cartoning and tube filling equipment for the pharmaceuticals and health & beauty sectors, has introduced a modular, high-speed top-load cartoning line to meet dramatically increased demands for packaging pre-filled syringes, vials and other delicate pharma containers. The company’s IWK TL Series arrives amid continued efforts to produce billions of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses, and offers a slew of benefits not typically found in conventional top-load cartoning equipment.
Most importantly, the IWK TL Series assures safe, reliable product handling designed to virtually eliminate glass-to-glass contact. The machine builds upon IWK’s reputation for cGMP-guaranteed, floorspace-conscious equipment with quick tool-free changeover, exemplary cleanability and easy line clearance.
Among other notable highlights, the IWK TL Series incorporates an intelligent transport system that is not typically found in top-load units. Instead of requiring a fixed distance between carton holders, customers get an individually adaptable setup; this allows for a variable number of items per function, simplifying operation significantly. Secure carton holding is assured throughout via mechanical hold and, since the system does not use vacuum belts or conveyors, risk of breakage-caused contamination is mitigated. Features such as these are derived from the company’s embrace of emerging technologies to bring advanced capabilities to customers in the horizontal-load cartoning space.
Another key facet of the IWK TL Series is its unsurpassed modularity – a crucial element as many pharma manufactures continue experiencing evolving production needs. The series’ monoblock design allows for mixing and matching various stations per product-specific needs, including product feeding, carton erection and divider insertion units prior to transport to end-of-line closure, reject and discharge modules. Marking can be performed via inkjet or laser printing, and quality control features include code reading and presence verification for both products and inserts.
The IWK TL Series can form and fill carton from 90-180mm in length, 50-150mm in width and 15-80mm in height, based on carton flats from 150-500mm long and 150-400mm wide. Depending on box size and insert parameters, the machine can produce up to 120 completed cartons per minute – considered top-speed in a sector that has experienced surging demand.
“The new IWK TL Series of top-loaders is a product of IWK’s 75-year roots in the cartoning machinery industry – the longest legacy of any major company,” said Bernie Conlon, Managing Director of IWK Packaging Systems, Inc. “That experience allows us to adapt quickly to evolving industry needs, including the current demand for premium top-loading machinery for high-leverage, delicate pharmaceuticals containers like pre-filled syringes and glass vials.”
The IWK TL Series also helps IWK synergize with fellow subsidiaries under parent company ATS Automation. In particular, IWK sister company ATS Life Sciences manufactures a variety of medical devices and diagnostics items for which top-load cartoning is required.
About IWK Packaging Systems, Inc.
For over 125 years, IWK Packaging Systems has designed and engineered cutting-edge tube filling and cartoning machines for a wide variety of industries, predominantly the pharma and health & beauty sectors. Leaning on modern technology while standing on the shoulders of prior successes, the company’s equipment is known for offering outstanding performance and unsurpassed reliability.
IWK’s main objective is to keep its customers’ operations running with maximum productivity. To help ensure this, more than 15% of the company’s workforce is dedicated to pre-sales engineering concepts and aftersales service. IWK currently supports more than 10,000 packaging systems around the world with rapid response times and 24/7 service availability. For more information,