Vials Stoppers and Seals

By Dr. Heike Kofler

July 15, 2021

Liquid injectable drugs can be contained in a pre-filled syringe system, a cartridge-based system, or a vial-based system (with a rubber stopper and seal). For a vial-based system, the drugs first are aseptically filled into glass or polymer vials. During the subsequent Fill & Finish operations, the vials are closed temporarily by inserting a rubber stopper into the vial orifice. This is prior to crimping with an aluminum seal, which results in the final integral vial-based container closure system.

By Your Side for Expertise

By Aditya Bhattacharya

November 04, 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are considered to be the core pillars of Industry 4.0. Most organizations, including West, have started leveraging the benefits of AI and ML for better resource optimization and an improved customer experience. Our Data Science and AI team is working towards providing AI solutions which can be leveraged at scale for both our internal and external stakeholders.

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By Rohit Vora

July 01, 2020

Fill-Finish engineering and process development are a critical step to ensuring product quality and manufacturability for injectable products. Fill-Finish involves technique driven process steps with considerations around patient safety at the forefront of each step. The complexity of aseptic processing and sterile fill-finish operations will continue to grow as more complex drug products enter the pipeline.

Flex Fillers

By Simon Cote

July 18, 2019

A flexible filler is a single filling line capable of processing vials, syringes, and cartridges. Traditionally a filling line is designed to process only one container type. By using a flexible filler, the drug innovator or contract manufacturer can decrease capital expenditure, decrease facility “footprint,” improve product and format-parts change over, and reduce product loss.

SmartDose In-Use

By Victoria Morgan

May 07, 2019

Before an injectable biologic can be formulated and manufactured, an extensive series of pre-formulation checks are necessary to ensure that developers avoid formulating an unstable, non-viable product¹. Developers must determine whether the injectable biologic will break down within the intended formulation or the manufacturing process. The drug must be thermally stable, possibly resistant to oxidation, tolerate variations in light, and other environmental stresses placed on it during manufacturing and packaging.

West on the road

By Deirdre Swinden

November 13, 2017

In Part 1 of our West on the Road – Eschweiler series, we learned about the high-value products produced in our Eschweiler, Germany facility and how this dedicated team of manufacturing experts supports customers in their mission to bring critical medicines to patients. In Part 2, we learn from Lukas Buglowski, Team Lead of Engineering, Envision, about how a focus on quality is both a shared mindset and built into every step of the manufacturing process in Eschweiler. Buglowski shares the pride his team feels knowing that they are producing high-quality products that will not only meet customers’ expectations, but more importantly, ensure patient safety, and how this builds trust and makes for a great team dynamic.