Jens Gemmecker





HOF’s loading and unloading systems: meeting the most recent state of technology.

The high performance and reliability of our systems are determining factors in all manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic systems. Besides standardized and special formats, special packaging such as dual-chamber carpules or dual-chamber syringes can be transported. At the same time, we offer an automatic loading and unloading of bulk freezer-dryers.

HOF has a correct innovative answer to all new requirements in the pharmaceutical area.
In the past, recent developments for loading and unloading systems were continually implemented, which will be explained below.

Reliability, a rapid detection of individual objects, and hygienic design are among the determining factors for the sensor technology of our machines. The latest sensor technology from stainless steel in corresponding design are our conditions for high functionality and ensures optimal cleaning and sterilization results. Furthermore, the production safety will be increased. For a potential sensor replacement, it is not necessary to teach again the positions.

With regard to the hygienic design, all machine parts were checked in classified area, so that possible high radii, the material selection and an easy disassembly have an important effect on the results in the cleaning processes.

In the future, changeover times for changing the vial sizes will be considerably reduced by means of a simplified functional design of the format parts. The format parts will be easily replaced using glove ports within a cRABS or isolator. Format parts with bottle neck guidance are implemented at particular points to increase the reliability of the production safety.

The control engineering of loading and unloading systems will prospectively use the new developments of Siemens with the scope of TIA Portal (Totally Integrated Automation Portal). In this way, the flexibility will be increased and up-to-date appropriate technical solutions are ensured.

An intuitive guidance via touchscreen, fix function keys or a combination of both - the new implemented and in the meantime standardized operating panels offer the users an optimal solution. Widescreen displays ensure an optimal overview of all plant conditions.

HOF’s loading and unloading systems dispose of modern information and communication techniques in the course of the digital revolution “Industry 4.0”. Many custom-specific requirements are fulfilled, such as evaluations of the machine, from easy motion counters through constant controls of motor speeds and moments, up to the automatic maintenance recommendation, by means of a trend program.

“It is our goal to push new developments to make every individual project as successful as possible – of course, hand in hand with our customers. Innovative and promising solutions are often already defined during the tendering stage, and are then implemented in the according system.”

Jens Gemmecker, Sales Management