Three steps into the future: Technology Center,
Bohle Uni Cone BUC® and new Plant 3
Special machine builder sets further accents:
Ennigerloh/Düsseldorf, May 2014 – L. B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH has set three important milestones for the future at the Interpack 2014. The Bohle Uni Cone BUC® process celebrates world premiere in Düsseldorf. The new building of the Technology Center at the Ennigerloh headquarters will be opened in the middle of the year. In the new Plant 3, the process machine production has started. The special machine builder for the pharmaceutical industry is setting its sights on expansion. “With investments into the future, we ended a very successful 2013 financial year“, reported CEO Lorenz Bohle.
“With the Bohle Uni Cone BUC® process, we have developed an alternative to the conventional Wurster process which even coats small particles more precisely and evenly”, commented the managing director and owner Lorenz Bohle on the advantages of the new system. “We have developed two major changes that solve both problems of the Wurster process”, says Lorenz Bohle. A sloping floor and a conical tip in the centre ensure homogenous swirl of the product. Simultaneously, the coating substance is sprayed through lateral nozzles. We thus achieve an unrivalled coating uniformity. With this process, customers can also apply active substances on the products with highest precision. “Even in very complex processes, the losses are below one percent”, said Bohle.
Dry granulator BRC 25
In addition to the well-known handling and coating machines as well as granulation solutions, L.B. Bohle will present another product innovation at the Interpack: the Bohle dry granulator BRC 25. The smaller version of the BRC 100 compactor celebrated its world premiere at the “ACHEMA 2012”. The machine extends and optimizes the product portfolio of the machine builder in the granulation segment. The Ennigerloh-based technology leader thus provides the largest offer of granulation solutions of all manufactures. As a further proof, Bohle will be presenting its granulation system Compact Unit, in which the individual components High Shear Granulator GMA, Bohle Fluid Bed System BFS and Bohle Uni Cone BUC®, Wet Sieve and Dry Sieve BTS as well as a cyclone separator are optimally integrated into one unit.
Lean Production creates the competitive edge
Also in their own production L.B. Bohle counts on optimized processes: “The relocation to the new Plant 3 has been completed and Lean Production is gradually being introduced”, says Lorenz Bohle. “We closely involve our suppliers in this process”, said Bohle. The production in the new plant will be standardized and more and thus significantly more efficient. “Machines can be delivered in four to five months instead of seven months”, explains Lorenz Bohle. In times of short-term investment decisions, this constitutes an essential competitive edge.
Knowledge transfer in Ennigerloh
For Bohle knowledge transfer to the benefit of the customers is also decisive for investments in the Technology Center which is currently under construction at the Ennigerloh headquarters. “Our customers are increasingly relying on continuous production processes”, explains Bohle. In the new test, development and presentation center we will promote this development in cooperation with the Universities of Düsseldorf and Graz as well as the measurement, control and process experts from Siemen”.
Two million euros will be invested in the glass-fronted building alone. “In the next two to three years we will invest 6 to 8 million € in the cooperation”, announced the managing director. The permanent measuring, monitoring and controlling of the production throughout the entire process is decisive for the customers. “We will visualize the entire production line in one plant and develop and perform optimized processes”, Lorenz Bohle stated, outlining the goals. As the investor, L. B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH will also manage the Technology Center. The necessary capacities will be made available for university scientists and Siemens experts. “We encourage experts to come to Ennigerloh and provide the machine know-how“, said Bohle.