B+K is setting new standards

14. March 2017

Demand for high-purity packaging for the pharmaceuticals and medical technology industries has been increasing for a number of years.

Bischof + Klein is responding to this trend by investing in a completely new coex extrusion line, thus doubling its extrusion capacities for CleanFlex® clean room films.

The existing ISO class 5 clean room according to DIN EN ISO 14644 is being extended by a further 460 m² to a total of three levels for this new line. A new extruder tower with an overall height of 18 metres is being integrated into the existing hall specifically for the new machine. Waldemar Ufelmann, head of the CleanFlex® extrusion department, is delighted with the new line: "The new extruder uses the latest technology which is currently available on the market. It meets each and every requirement." The intention is to manufacture both existing product solutions as well as new developments, which have not yet been produced under clean room conditions, on the new machine.

The extension is taking place away from the current clean room extrusion facilities, resulting in two spatially separated extrusion areas. This is also of importance to risk management, as production can switch to another extrusion area in the event of malfunctions, thereby ensuring supply security.

Planning and construction were undertaken using of state-of-the-art clean room construction on the basis of current standards such as DIN EN ISO 14644. Bischof + Klein is implementing cutting-edge online monitoring technology to monitor the clean room parameters, in order to achieve maximum possible process safety and meet customers' increasing requirements. In the future, glass elements in the new area will enable auditors and visitors to take a look into the production department and gain an impression for themselves. Mike Beßmann, B+K CleanFlex® production manager, is already looking forward to the start of production. Following successful initial qualification of the new clean room as well as qualification and validation of the new production line and the products, this is scheduled for the spring of 2017.

With this groundbreaking investment in the latest clean room and film technology, B+K is laying the foundations of a new level of quality for its B+K CleanFlex® product range. B+K CleanFlex® sales manager Benjamin Kepp is certain that this investment has really hit the spot, and that the company is once again setting new standards for the future of clean room packaging.


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