Solutions for Tomorrow's Pharmaceutical Industry

International experts and users from all sectors of the pharmaceutical industry met from 11th to 14th October at the groninger Technology Symposium in Crailsheim. The symposium is held every three years – this time in two sessions over two days to satisfy the great interest of more than 220 attendees. The symposium focused on the challenges currently facing the pharmaceutical industry. Aside from information on current trends and technologies, the symposium also served as a showcase for groninger's latest innovation and further developments – like the FlexPro 50 product series.

Hands-on Technology

During the groninger Technology Symposium visitors had ample opportunity to take a closer look at the details and possibilities offered by the FlexPro 50. The groninger experts took time to answer the many questions and demonstrated the various functions in live operation.

Yet not only FlexPro 50 was highly rated by visitors from 27 different countries. A further highlight was the high-speed filling line UFVN with a rate of up to 24,000 units per hour and 100% in-process-monitoring for no compromises on performance. In addition, the SMM010 was designed to attract attention to the assembly of safety devices for disposable syringes and syringe, vial and cartridge labeling. This also applied to partner company exhibits: for instance Christ brought its own six ton freezer dryer to Crailsheim. Freeze drying is enjoying increasing popularity in pharmaceuticals, given that products can then be stored for longer and take up minimum space. The ingenious aspect of the Martin Christ solution: the freeze is equipped with a fully automated, wireless loading and unloading shuttle robot. At the Technology Symposium groninger partner Merck focused on the subject of "single use" and also demonstrated the function of groninger's newly developed single use rotary piston pump on the FlexPro 50. This often saves the machine builder meticulous cleaning, especially after product changes and protects against contamination from preceding products manufactured on the line.

Franz Ziel, exclusive partner for the isolator technology within FlexPro 50, focused on its compact isolator technology at the symposium: inflated with compressed air, the gaskets ensure hermetic sealing of the interior and reliably protect the product and machine operator during both aseptic and aseptic-toxic processing. The many suppliers of traditional pharmaceutical primary packaging – i.e. vials, disposable syringes, application systems and similar products – also appreciated the opportunity to forge new contacts on their own info booths at the Symposium, including BD Medical, Ompi, Schott, West and Nipro.

Successful exchange of ideas

As Jens Groninger, CEO of groninger & co. GmbH remarked with delight: "Our customers appreciated the presence of our partners," and expressing his high satisfaction with the Technology Symposium overall:

The event far exceeded my expectations. The good response on the part of our customers and many intensive discussions in particular, show that our aim of exhibiting technology you can touch has struck a chord.
Jens Groninger
CEO of groninger & co. gmbh
Jens Groninger bei der Begrüßung der Kunden

No presentation can match that: "Live demonstrations are what prompt discussion with and among customers and always provide us with a lot of good ideas." In turn, it motivates groninger employees: "I am very proud of my team and how everyone pulls together", says Groninger. "And I'm not alone; our customers also feel the dynamism, passion and intensity with which our employees identify with their job."

Markus vor dem Esche, West Pharmaceutical, one of the symposium attendees can only nod in agreement: "The symposium organization is super. You always feel well looked after and there are plenty of competent people to advise you." This, according to vor dem Esche, also helps in better advising his own customers.

I arrived here with rather modest expectations. I was very impressed to see everything live in production.
Karsten Heuser
Head of Device Development, LTS AG
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