Developed in cooperation, the robot-assisted filling system robocell combines the best of two worlds: Patented filling technology from SKAN and state-of-the-art robot technology by groninger. This development project sets new standards in filling technology. Automated processes and the use of format-less robots enable smooth and fast RTU packaging processing of vials, syringes and cylindrical ampoules in any batch size. Due to its modular concept, robocell is therefore suitable for any type of aseptic and toxic production and offers maximum flexibility.


The key features

  • Maximum product protection thanks to EU GMP Class A (ISO Class 5) production chamber.
  • Integrated skanfog® technology enables fastest decontamination cycles.
  • Application of a new, exclusive cleaning validation process.
  • Suitability for aseptic and highly active/toxic products.
  • Highest flexibility

    robocell is characterized by a high level of flexibility in the use of a wide variety of packaging materials. Whether pre-sterilized syringes, vials and cylindrical ampoules, conventional aluminum crimp caps or new snap-on caps – there are almost no limits to the adaptability of robocell. Previous limitations regarding batch sizes have also been eliminated. From small and medium-sized batches to single batches and entire campaigns. 
 Due to the enormous flexibility and the modular design, individual requirements can be realized rapidly and efficiently.

  • Shortest set-up times

    robocell is designed based on a completely new approach to create a highly flexible and safe process. The robots, developed by groninger, operate completely formatless and enable a software-based format change in just a few minutes. As a result, shortest possible set-up times are possible, whereby the highest OEE values are achieved in a segment comparison.

  • Increased safety

    By eliminating the need for human intervention, the gloveless plant creates a new level of safety. robocell also breaks new ground in terms of cleaning, sterilization and decontamination. The consistent adaptation of all components indirectly and directly in contact with the product enable maximum safety during aseptic transfer as well as the entire process. Regardless of the implementation of the new Annex 1, robocell offers a hands-on solution for a highly debated topic.

  • New standards

    In terms of EU GMP Annex 1, robocell defines new standards: – Consistent “First Air Principle” – Reduction / elimination of human intervention in the aseptic filling process Support of a holistic Contamination Control Strategy (CSS)

  • Holistic Contamination Control Strategy

    The Contamination Control Strategy (CSS) is an essential aspect for pharmaceutical companies and contract fillers. For this reason, robocell was developed with the greatest priority to provide customers and users with the best possible support. Detailed CFD considerations of all critical areas as well as the joint development of isolator and filling line ensure that contamination potential is reduced to a technically minimal risk.

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groninger designs and manufactures machines for the processing of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. The core competency of groninger, founded by Horst Groninger in 1980, are technological solutions for filling and closing pharmaceutical containers such as syringes, vials or cartridges. Above that, groninger builds machines for the the consumer healthcare and cosmetics industry. groninger currently employs over 1500 people at the two German locations Crailsheim and Schnelldorf and in Charlotte (North Carolina, USA).

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