Beck Automation participates in medical trade fair MD&M West 2022 in California

After entering the medical industry, the Swiss automation specialist is participating in a medical trade fair for the first time. MD&M West, which takes place from 12 to 14 April at the Convention Center in Anaheim, California, brings together medical technology engineers, business leaders, innovative companies and thought leaders to develop high-performance solutions and innovative, medical products.

"We are very excited about participating in the trade fair. Our announcement to enter the medical market has been met with an extremely positive response, so we are now very excited to further develop direct dialogue with interested parties and customers," explains Ralf Ziemer, Medical Sales Manager at Beck Automation. MD&M West is the largest US trade fair for medical technology, where suppliers and purchasers meet and innovative new products are presented. "Thus, the trade fair is the ideal platform for us to present ourselves to the industry," adds Ziemer.

The automation solutions of the Swiss family-owned company comply with the regulations of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are cleanroom compatible up to class ISO 8. Production steps such as oriented removal, scaling or labelling of hollow bodies by means of functional IML, the insertion of highly transparent films, membranes or functional components before injection moulding are carried out with complete precision and efficiency. Fully integrated modules for optical quality assurance and packaging solutions round off the entire manufacturing spectrum. Beck Medical offers complete solutions from the conceptual design of a system to acceptance. "Our specialists provide competent advice on all questions of automation and also optimise existing manufacturing processes. All implementations are subject to the Swiss Engineering seal of quality, which stands for well thought-out concepts, precision, clear structures and the use of state-of-the-art materials. The result is high-quality machines and systems ", says Ziemer.

Beck Automation will be presenting its automation solutions at MD&M West 2022 on stand 2966. For further information, please visit https://www.beck-medical.com/en/.

Beck Automation expands into the medical market

The Swiss technology company Beck Automation develops innovative automation solutions that can be integrated into the production processes of plastics processing industries. The company, which is now in its third generation of family management, has now established another mainstay in the medical sector. The focus is on producers of medical consumables that are manufactured using injection moulding. The first projects have already been realised.

"We have been looking at this option for about four years, as Switzerland is a global medical location with pharmaceutical companies and research and development facilities. Furthermore, we see an increasing demand for automation solutions, which we can serve with our profound automation know-how and our many years of experience regarding the development and production of customised solutions. Therefore, our entry into the medical market is therefore a consistent step. At the same time, it represents a milestone in the history of Beck Automation", explains Nicolas Beck, managing owner of Beck Automation AG, the step into the medical sector. A separate business unit was founded within the company for this purpose. "We want to focus specifically on the medical market. For this reason, the medical business unit will operate autonomously within our organisation in order to be able to react competently, flexibly and quickly to customer requirements," adds Nino Zehnder, Marketing and Sales Manager at Beck Automation.

 

Already in the planning phase of the new business unit, a start was made on building up product- and market-specific knowledge as well as personnel. Engineering, project management and service were aligned according to the new, specific conditions.

Ralf Ziemer completes the team in sales with his profound industry know-how. "There are many automation possibilities in the medical and cosmetics industry. Beck has 36 years of experience in the field of automation. Because of this, our products are very interesting for pharmaceutical companies, their manufacturers, but also for companies in the cosmetics industry. We offer excellent solution possibilities," says Ziemer.

 

Beck is aware that medical components are not standard parts. The products require very individual, customised solutions and this is where the company sees its core competence. "Our customers benefit from our highly efficient, customised systems that offer sustainable economic advantages. We set ourselves the highest standards in product and production reliability. We ensure this through solutions that are reproducible, validatable and hygienically flawless," Zehnder continues. Medical products must not pose any risks to patients and users, which is why they must be free of defects. "Our systems rule out mismanipulation, are modular in design and can be realised in a small space. Cost pressure is constantly increasing, and production space, especially in cleanrooms, is expensive. We have to take this into account," adds Ziemer.  Beck's solutions comply with the regulations of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are suitable for cleanrooms up to class ISO 8.

Beck Automation equips machines with new HMI

Optimized, flexible operation of the machines was Beck Automation's development objective with regard to the new HMI. The modern input system in upright format not only facilitates program selection at the machine, but also offers a portable solution for flexible access around the machines.

The new HMI consists of a robust industrial panel. "We redesigned the entire input interface to provide more space for status messages. In addition, all functions and input options have been provided with clear pictograms so that the operator can work intuitively," explains Raphael Schor, CTO of Beck Automation AG. The main functions such as start, stop and reset can be triggered by means of separate buttons mounted on the HMI housing for easy operation. With previous input systems, the buttons were integrated into the HMI surface, which made direct, fast access impossible.

The new systems are always delivered with a permanently installed panel. As an alternative to a second identical panel on the other side of the machine, customers can now make an even more flexible selection. "The system can also be equipped and operated with a portable terminal, such as an I-Pad. This allows the user to walk around the machine while having full access to the machine's functions," Schor continues.