Automated Powder Dispensing for Filling and Bottling

Manual filling can be a daunting and challenging process for manufacturers and suppliers of valuable chemical substances. Automated filling can save time and solve several of the challenges that manually dispensing chemicals into hundreds of vials and bottles can bring.

The difficulties associated with manual filling and bottling processes are all too familiar to manufacturers and departments tasked with supplying valuable chemical substances, whether these are certified reference materials and standards, catalysts or enzymes, reagents, or working standards of drug substances for internal use. Commercial chemical suppliers and centralized repositories serving other departments within a company face similar challenges when preparing hundreds of vials or bottles a day. Typically, long periods of manual weighing will be required – often for hours a day – increasing the risk of developing a repetitive strain injury, concentrating intensely to avoid errors and spillages. Uncomfortable personal protective equipment (PPE) may have to be worn for long periods of time, and working conditions may be restrictive, for instance, when delicate operations must be performed in a glove box or isolator.

This application note explains how automated dispensing can improve the efficiency and safety of your filling and bottling processes, helping you to overcome challenges such as: 

•Producing small batches – up to 250 bottles or doses – of the same compound

•Repetitive manual weighing of 1-500 mg of compound

•Weighing toxic, hazardous or air-sensitive compounds

•Large-scale weighing of several different powder types into different container sizes

•Weighing in a balance enclosure, safety cabinet or glove box

•Working according to GLP/GMP regulations