Collaborative Automation Gives MedicoPack Even Cleaner Products in a Shorter Time

Collaborative Automation Gives MedicoPack Even Cleaner Products in a Shorter Time

Two collaborative robots (cobots) fitted with four grippers from OnRobot are assisting with two production lines at the MedicoPack factory in Langeskov, Denmark, where they produce a significant number of infusion containers every day. Once the plastic containers are molded and checked, they are moved via a conveyor belt past the robot arms, which are each fitted with two OnRobot grippers, so they can pick up two items at a time and stack them correctly, making them ready for packing.

Previously, the finished infusion containers were collected in a large packing bin, from which they were manually checked, stacked, and packed. MedicoPack deemed that this could be done more expediently, not just in terms of efficiency, but also in terms of contamination risk. Therefore, MedicoPack opted for automating the stacking process.

“The risk of our customers experiencing particles – what we call contamination – on the products is reduced because of the solution from OnRobot. The cleanliness of the product is very important to our customers, because the products will be used for medication, and it matters what touches the medication. They must be 100% confident that the quality is good, so the medication they fill it with will not be ruined by our containers. We have developed this confidence over a number of years by always delivering products of the proper quality”, says Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen, project manager at MedicoPack.
 

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MedicoPack is happy about the fact that their already low contamination risk has been reduced, while the efficiency of the production line has been improved significantly. It is no longer necessary for an employee to stand by the conveyor belt and count the items while ensuring they are oriented the right way. This frees up both time and resources.

“We chose OnRobot’s grippers in collaboration with our machinery supplier who recognized the opportunity of meeting some of our requirements by handling the items with grippers. Among other things, there are options for tightness of the grip, placement of the grippers, and the speed with which they close”, says Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen.

He is also excited about the design of the grippers.

“Aesthetically, the grippers have a very nice design, and there is just a single, tiny wire – other than that, they are clinically clean. There are no hoses running the length of the robot, like one might normally see. It is a nice look that contributes to simplifying the entire concept, delivering a clean look and high quality for the customers. At the same time, it reduces both implementation and programming time”, emphasizes Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen.
 

About MedicoPack

MedicoPack offers expert solutions for “primary packaging” and medical equipment. The company has more than 50 years’ experience in designing, developing, and manufacturing special plastic packaging for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The company was established in 1968 when MedicoPack developed the world’s first infusion container in plastic in collaboration with university hospitals. The product was so revolutionary that it replaced the traditional glass bottles that were used for infusions at the time. MedicoPack is owned by Danish SP Group A/S, which employs more than 1900 people worldwide in the concern’s manufacturing and sales departments in Sweden, Poland, Holland, Germany, Brazil, China, Canada, and the United States.

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Collaborative Automation Gives MedicoPack Even Cleaner Products in a Shorter Time
Collaborative Automation Gives MedicoPack Even Cleaner Products in a Shorter Time

Collaborative Automation Gives MedicoPack Even Cleaner Products in a Shorter Time

Two collaborative robots (cobots) fitted with four grippers from OnRobot are assisting with two production lines at the MedicoPack factory in Langeskov, Denmark, where they produce a significant number of infusion containers every day. Once the plastic containers are molded and checked, they are moved via a conveyor belt past the robot arms, which are each fitted with two OnRobot grippers, so they can pick up two items at a time and stack them correctly, making them ready for packing.

Previously, the finished infusion containers were collected in a large packing bin, from which they were manually checked, stacked, and packed. MedicoPack deemed that this could be done more expediently, not just in terms of efficiency, but also in terms of contamination risk. Therefore, MedicoPack opted for automating the stacking process.

“The risk of our customers experiencing particles – what we call contamination – on the products is reduced because of the solution from OnRobot. The cleanliness of the product is very important to our customers, because the products will be used for medication, and it matters what touches the medication. They must be 100% confident that the quality is good, so the medication they fill it with will not be ruined by our containers. We have developed this confidence over a number of years by always delivering products of the proper quality”, says Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen, project manager at MedicoPack.
 

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MedicoPack is happy about the fact that their already low contamination risk has been reduced, while the efficiency of the production line has been improved significantly. It is no longer necessary for an employee to stand by the conveyor belt and count the items while ensuring they are oriented the right way. This frees up both time and resources.

“We chose OnRobot’s grippers in collaboration with our machinery supplier who recognized the opportunity of meeting some of our requirements by handling the items with grippers. Among other things, there are options for tightness of the grip, placement of the grippers, and the speed with which they close”, says Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen.

He is also excited about the design of the grippers.

“Aesthetically, the grippers have a very nice design, and there is just a single, tiny wire – other than that, they are clinically clean. There are no hoses running the length of the robot, like one might normally see. It is a nice look that contributes to simplifying the entire concept, delivering a clean look and high quality for the customers. At the same time, it reduces both implementation and programming time”, emphasizes Kenneth Sæderup Pedersen.
 

About MedicoPack

MedicoPack offers expert solutions for “primary packaging” and medical equipment. The company has more than 50 years’ experience in designing, developing, and manufacturing special plastic packaging for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The company was established in 1968 when MedicoPack developed the world’s first infusion container in plastic in collaboration with university hospitals. The product was so revolutionary that it replaced the traditional glass bottles that were used for infusions at the time. MedicoPack is owned by Danish SP Group A/S, which employs more than 1900 people worldwide in the concern’s manufacturing and sales departments in Sweden, Poland, Holland, Germany, Brazil, China, Canada, and the United States.

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This data protection policy applies to OnRobot.

The purpose of the policy is to ensure and document that OnRobot protects personal data in accordance with the rules for processing of personal data. The policy will also contribute to OnRobot providing information about its processing and use of registered personal data.

The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

  • Employees

  • Customers

  • Suppliers

  • Applicants

OnRobot has prepared a record of the processing of personal data. The record provides an overview of the processing for which OnRobot is responsible.

The personal data must be provided in order for OnRobot to enter into employment, customer and supplier contracts.

Purpose and lawfulness of the processing

Personal data are processed and archived in connection with:

  • HR management, including recruitment, hiring, dismissal and payment of salary

  • Master data for customers as well as orders and sales

  • Master data for suppliers as well as requisition forms and purchases

  • Contracts

Processing is legal by the authority specified in the appended record.

OnRobot does not use the personal data for purposes other than those listed. OnRobot does not collect more personal data than necessary to meet the purpose. 

Storage and erasure

OnRobot has introduced the following overall guidelines for storage and erasure of personal data:

  • Personal data are stored in physical folders.

  • Personal data are stored in IT systems and on server drives.

  • Personal data are not stored for longer than necessary to meet the purpose of the processing.

  • Personal data for employees are erased five years after employment has ended, and personal data about applicants are erased after six months.

Data security

Based on the appended risk assessment, OnRobot has implemented security measures to protect personal data:

  • Only employees with a work-related need to access the registered personal data have access to the data, either physically or via IT systems with rights management.

  • All computers are password protected and employees may not disclose their passwords to others.

  • Computers must have firewall and antivirus software installed, which must be updated regularly.

  • Personal data are erased securely in connection with phasing-out and repair of IT equipment.

  • USB flash drives, external hard disks, etc. containing personal data must be stored in a locked drawer or cabinet.

  • Physical folders are placed in a locked office or in locked cabinets.

  • Personal data in physical folders are erased by shredding.

  • All employees must be instructed in what to do with personal data and how to protect personal data.

 

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  • The Personal Data Regulation allows you to treat personal data only legally for the purpose for which they have been collected. If you want to use data for purposes other than the original, you must always have the consent of the registrant.

  • Upon receipt of a business card from a customer you have his consent. If you write his information you need his signature on this paper to have a formal requirement for consent if you want to use his information. Then the customer allows OnRobot to use his data for purposes other than communication, upcoming promotions, product updates or further news including upcoming promotions, product updates and further news.

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Disclosure

Personal data about employees may be disclosed to public authorities such as the Danish Customs and Tax Administration and pension companies.

Processors

OnRobot only uses processors if they are able to provide the required guarantees that they will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to comply with personal data law. All processors must sign a processor agreement before processing commences.

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OnRobot safeguards the rights of data subjects, including the right to access, withdrawal of consent, rectification and erasure and will inform the data subjects of OnRobot’s processing of personal data. Data subjects are also entitled to appeal to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Personal data breach

In case of personal data breach, OnRobot will report the breach to the Danish Data Protection Agency as soon as possible and within 72 hours. The manager is responsible for this reporting taking place. The report will outline the breach, the groups of persons affected and the impact the breach may have on these persons and how OnRobot has remedied or intends to remedy the breach. If the breach entails a high risk for the persons about whom OnRobot processes personal data, OnRobot will also notify these persons. OnRobot s will document any personal data breach on an access-controlled drive.

Erasure of data

The customer should assess when personal data need to be erased by asking the question:

When is it no longer necessary to store the personal data?

OnRobot follows the practice of the Danish Data Protection Agency:

Applications Are erased after 6 months in connection with job interviews. Unsolicited applications are erased immediately.
Employee data Are erased 5 years after termination of employment.
CCTV surveillance Is erased after 30 days.
Telephone conversations Are erased immediately or after up to 3 months.
Accounting records Must be stored for 5 years from the end of the financial year.