Enhanced performance in the production of pharmaceuticals

Performance, operator safety and maximum product quality – that is what you expect from a robot-assisted automation solution. What sets Stäubli apart is our technical expertise, paired with regulatory background.

Our many years of collaboration with machine manufacturers and OEMs has given us expertise in every process in drug manufacturing as well as its optimization potential, whether in handling primary packaging such as syringes and infusion bags or secondary packaging such as folding boxes and cartons. We implement both simple and complex solutions for loading and unloading your machines and systems to give you a decisive edge in quality and efficiency.


Success stories - Applications

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Robots automate production of novel drugs (BATG)

In pharmaceuticals, the transition from laboratory to production scale is always a challenge. Scaling is particularly complex for cell and gene therapies (CGT). In a system platform for sterile filling of CGT drugs, two Stäubli TX2-60 Stericlean robots perform flexible handling of different dosing formats.

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Stericlean robots for highly flexible pharmaceutical packaging (OPTIMA)

OPTIMA pharma has implemented a MultiUse packaging system for pharmaceuticals enabling impressive flexibility. The machine of the future with its three Stericlean robots can process various pharmaceutical formats and different containers.

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How do drug delivery devices get their coatings? (Keller / Kindeva)

Osteoporosis patients can use a small transdermal patch to inject a bone-building biological substance directly under their skin. A six-axis Stäubli TX2-40 Stericlean robot plays a central role in coating the microneedles with the active ingredient – all under aseptic conditions.

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The use of Stericlean robots in vaccine production (Chengda Biotech)

Stäubli robots play a central role in the production of vaccines. The large six-axis TX200 Stericlean robots are used to shake and tilt so-called “cell factories” (culture chambers) in a programmed sequence of movements, thereby stimulating the reproduction of the active substances they contain.

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Stericlean robot for aseptic filling and closing (AST)

In automatic filling and closing of ready-to-use syringes and cartridges, the trend is towards ever smaller batches. A new filling and closing machine in which a Stäubli Stericlean robot operates in an aseptic environment provides the necessary degree of flexibility.

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Three robots and 36,000 syringes per hour (Ward Automation)

The reliable inspection, labelling and packaging of 36,000 syringes per hour places high demands on automation. Stäubli robots master this task under hygienic conditions.

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Robot-assisted filling of hyaluronic gel (Zellwag Pharmtech)

On an innovative filling and sealing line developed by Zellwag Pharmtech, a Stäubli cleanroom robot is responsible for vial handling. On the control side, the six-axis robot can be easily integrated into the Siemens PLC via the uniVAL plc interface, guaranteeing maximum operating and programming convenience.

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Fully automated inspection and filling of syringes (Ciseo)

The Belgian company Ciseo S.A. has planned a fully automated system for handling syringes. Strictly speaking, it consists of two systems: one individually handles 600 syringes per minute and feeds them to the testing station, the other groups the tested syringes with high precision into 100 or 160 trays.

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High-volume production of single cell cultures (TAP Biosystems)

The fully automated process takes cell culture processing from the lab to the mass production line. The key is the Stäubli TX60 Cleanroom robot which is equipped to handle large production volumes and ensure consistency batch after batch.

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Filling and closing syringes (Bausch Switzerland S.A.)

Bausch Switzerland S.A. has developed an exclusive and innovative solution for filling and closing syringes that incorporates Stäubli TX60 Cleanroom robot to put out a whopping 4,000 syringes per hour.

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Stericlean trio in a germ-free environment (Steriline)

Until recently, the use of robots on liquid filling lines for vials was considered non-viable. But Stäubli’s Stericlean range of robots has opened up new scope for plant design, as evidenced by the innovative solution of an Italian equipment manufacturer.

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Aseptic drug manufacturing (AAP)

Drug makers must abide by the highest safety standards. With the TX Stericlean series, Stäubli has developed the first robot worldwide able to operate in aseptic production areas (Advanced Aseptic Processing).

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Automatic packaging of IV bags (Bayer Shering Pharma)

Bayer Shering Pharma uses two robotic arms from Stäubli to automatically fill and package its IV bags. The RX160 and TX200 robots provide continuous production in a cleanroom environment.

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Drug inspection (Seidenader)

A new testing technology has ushered in a new chapter in the inspection of pharmaceutical products. The innovative robotic cell uses a Stäubli TX40 compact robotic arm to facilitate automatic inspection of small batches.

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Filling infusion bags (Kiefel)

Manufacturing and filling infusion bags requires unlimited flexibility, maximum output and cleanroom compliance. Thanks to the speed and precision of the Stäubli TX60 6-axis robot, Kiefel can produce 7,200 bags per hour.

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Filling and closing for small batches (Bausch & Ströbel)

Thanks to the Stäubli Stericlean robots that convey vials to individual workstations, small-batch filling and closing operations are a lot more efficient with over 1,000 containers processed per hour. 

Aseptic filling with a TX60 Stericlean

Aseptic filling of pharmaceutical drugs (Aseptic)

One lab uses a line of robots to perform aseptic filling of primary stability batches, clinical batches and injectable pharmaceutical products. The Stäubli TX60 Stericlean robot it uses makes it possible to fill up to 600 vials an hour.

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Mixing granules in a cleanroom

The Stäubli TX90L robotic arm at the heart of an autonomous production cell operates the processing units (dosing, stamping, and pressing), handles containers and mixes granules to ensure quality and reduce cycle times.

Wet chemical treatments for cleanrooms with a TX90 Cleanroom
Wet chemical treatments for cleanrooms

Stäubli robots are ideally suited for cleanroom production processes involving wet chemical treatments, including cleaning, rinsing, electroplating, conditioning and electropolishing.