R2R Coating and Converting Machines for Oral Films and Transdermal Patches
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

19 October 2018 | Press Release




Reaching your objective fast and safe with a new alliance: COMEDCO. The new alliance assits pharmaceutical companies with their start into the manufacturing and packaging process of transdermal dressings and oral dispersible films. The technology leaders Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH and OPTIMA life science GmbH are behind COMEDCO with their expertise in converting and coating with pharmaceutical medicines.

Today's technology offers new methods to administer medication. Pills and syringes will remain; however, there are many reasons to expand how to administer medications. An example is older people in need of care who have difficulty swallowing and where pills might not safely reach the intended "target". Or illnesses, which may require frequent shots. Cases like these require alternative solutions that are still effective but more convenient for the patient.

It also makes sense to transport the substances as close as possible directly to the affected area during administering. A lower drug concentration and less stress to the gastrointestinal tract are additional advantages to choose transdermal dressings or oral dispersible films.

A higher demand in oral dispersible film (ODF) and transdermal dressings (TDS - transdermal systems) is already apparent for the m achine manufacturing industry, especially in the Asian and U.S. market.

New administration forms for pharmaceutical agents becoming increasingly important

The packaging industry has the responsibility to follow this trend and to develop new designs and present solutions. The idea behind COMEDCO is to make it easy and safe for pharmaceutical companies to start their new developments for transdermal and ODF products. The COMEDCO portfolio includes laboratory or development equipment platforms, which are scalable to medium and large size production capacities.

Development expenses occur during the launch of ODF or TDS product. Here the machine builder can help to reach the objective faster and with less expenditure. Answers to questions like: What is the best suitable application and dosing system for a certain drug? What is the best carrier material for which drug? How can a correct homogeneous substance per piece or unit be guaranteed and controlled?

The production of transdermal dressings and ODF products starts with the coating process where the substance is applied to the carrier material by a COMEDCO machine. Depending on the product, a certain drying time has to be considered which takes place within the machine.

Subsequently the carrier material with the applied substance is cut and rolled into individual rolls. The product, depending on the drying process and the strict separation of different pharmaceutical substances, to avoid cross-contamination, may require a batch process. The coating process takes place in the first part of the COMEDCO machine.

Our COMEDCO parter Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH provides decade long expertise in the development and distribution of different coating machinery. Projects from the medical and pharmaceutical industry are a part of their expertise. The company is well known worldwide for its diverse technology center in coating technologies. With COMEDCO, customers are able to rely on our experts, to define the different possibilities and discuss advantages and disadvantage of the different technologies for their product. In addition, our coating experts are in a close contact with scientific institutes and well connected through several scientific projects.

Expert Duo

The packaging process is completed in the second part of the COMEDCO machine. In this part of the machine, exisiting (product depending) carrier material can be removed, new carrier material introduced, film would be cut to a defined size, separated and reunited on a carrier film and packaged. Packaging of transdermal dressing is often more complex than packaging of oral dispersible film due to a wider variety of product options and different processing methods. The COMEDCO machine offers continuous or intermittent converting and packaging processes.

This part of the COMEDCO machine is based on technologies from Optima Life Science. Optima Life Science offers expertise from a variety of completed projects for ODF and TDS products, as well as from state-of-the-art wound care packaging processes. The company made a name for itself across the industry through flexibility with complex automated processes. First with the production and packaging of diagnostic products and thereafter, in medical web converting.

Optima Life Science is part of the Optima Packaging Group, which has successfully built manufacturing and packaging machinery for decades, among other industries, also for the pharmaceutical industry and life science companies.

Loose connection or strong partnership?

An intense search for the right partner preceded the COMEDCO alliance. One of the deciding factors for the alliance was the perfectly complementary expertise of Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH and Optima Life Science. Both companies are similar regarding their focus - keywords are: pioneering achievements, philosophy, and company size. In addition, both companies are convinced that the partnership will bring many advantages to customers and end-users.

The contractual partner for customers will always be Optima Life Science, therefore, customers will benefit from one responsible party and a clear structure. Both companies provide expert contacts. In addition, both companies are still operating as separate entities if the project is related to only coating or packaging.

The Fujifilm Samba Mini 4300 Printbar System is a Powerful Single-pass Inkjet Tool
Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:00

30 August 2018 | Press Release



The Samba® Mini 4300 Printbar System, by FUJIFILM Dimatix, is an application development or manufacturing tool for companies looking to jet a variety of Fujifilm or other fluids, which allows for development of high quality in-line jetting applications, or single-pass high volume manufacturing.

Samba drop-on demand inkjet printheads can print drops at over 100 khz, each directed to a precise location, producing high resolution single-pass imprints at high speed. Fujifilm’s patented RediJet®recirculation system enables printbars to be quickly primed, resulting in faster print readiness time, minimal ink waste, and improved reliability. Each Silicon MEMS constructed printhead has 2,048 nozzles to deliver a native 1,200 dpi resolution with an ink drop as small as three picoliters.

The easy-to-use tabletop system includes one printbar, a control cabinet, PC and software, and the option to purchase additional accessories.

“The Samba Mini 4300 Printbar System is a natural progression from the successful Dimatix Material Printer,” said Scott Leger, business development manager, FUJIFILM Dimatix. “This is the next step in developing your inkjetting process as this system can easily be integrated into an existing manufacturing process or used to elevate new applications at a reasonable cost.”

Advanced R2R manufacturing lines for Printed Electronics at CES 2018
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:19

2 January 2018 | Press Release


Dusseldorf, GERMANY. 
Coatema introduces its latest advancements in lab and roll-to-roll manufacturing equipment at CES 2018 on January 9th-12th. The innovative equipment manufacturer from Germany provides flexible and efficient one-stop-shop solutions for coating, printing and laminating. Combined with the Coatema R&D centre as an open hub for development of processes and products for start ups and market players in printed electronics, the Coatema R&D team with a number of experts in different areas, Coatema provides  the value innovation needed for products show at the CES 2018.

Coatema is the leading manufacturer of Printed Electronics roll-to-roll manufacturing equipment from Germany. Among the broad scope of applications most prominent are OLED, flexible solar cells, biomedical printed sensors, renewables and IoT applications. CES 2018 in Las Vegas is the very first and most representative opportunity in the United States to present brand new advancements in several manufacturing processes.

An ultra-fast reacting slot die is presented as an optimal solution for patterned OLED manufacturing, allowing start-stop reaction times in the low millisecond region. Furthermore, latest brand-new product developments are introduced to the US market: The “New Easycoater” stands for a new generation of sheet-to-sheet printing and coating, while the new “Nanoimprint Line” allows pioneering printed nanostructures.

Coatema’s New Easycoater is an extraordinarily precise sheet-to-sheet lab coating and printing line. This unit is a revolutionary easy and precise combination of slot die or doctor blade coating, screen and ink jet printing and various drying options. The range of applications include printed structures, encapsulation coatings, biomedical sensors, patches, membranes, etc.

All the more, Coatema introduces its also recently released Nanoimprint coating line for highly innovative roll-to-roll manufacturing of micro- and nanostructured surfaces as they are often used in latest light guide applications, functional surfaces and biomedical sensors. More information on both lines is presented at the Coatema booth No. 40937 in the OE-A joint pavilion at CES at TechWest.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:29


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FUJIFILM Dimatix Si-MEMS Technology Coming to Scanning Applications with SAMBA GMA
Monday, 05 June 2017 13:54

5th June 2017 | Press Releases


Showcasing the latest in technological advancements, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. announces innovations within the Samba™ printhead family, introducing the Samba GMA line of products.

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads continues building upon its long and innovative history of providing industrial printheads that deliver excellent dot placement accuracy, channel-to-channel uniformity, low crosstalk and high frequency/high productivity with their Samba printheads.

FUJIFILM Dimatix will soon have available GMA products based on Si-MEMS technology along with the Samba G3L (single-pass focus).

The Samba GMA is a compact, low voltage, full silicon MEMs printhead designed for scanning applications such as textile, indoor signage, soft (dye sub) signage and high quality UV printing. Based on state-of-the-art silicon micro-electro-mechanical systems manufacturing (Si-MEMS), Samba GMA printheads are the most advanced technology available today.

With 384 individually addressable nozzles, the Samba GMA 33 printhead has a native 300 dpi resolution and a native ink drop size of 5 picoliters (pl) delivering outstanding print quality that can jet a wide range of fluids including UV curable, solvent, and aqueous inks.

GMA 33 Printhead Technology Highlights:

  • Industrial Silicon MEMS
  • 384 nozzles
  • 300 native dpi
  • 5 picoliter native drop size
  • RediJet™  continuous ink recirculation
  • VersaDrop™ multi-level grayscale plus multi-drop and fixed drop sizes in binary mode
  • Robust design and high speed operation
  • Multiple ink capabilities

Through continuous ink recirculation directly behind the nozzle and several innovations including nozzle plate design, specialized nozzle plate geometry, and waveforms tailored to specific fluids, known asRediJet, this process unlocks the full productive potential of the Samba GMA printhead. RediJet allows the printheads to be quickly and easily primed, resulting in faster time to print, minimal ink waste and greater reliability.

FUJIFILM Dimatix’ breakthrough VersaDrop jetting technology allows multiple fixed drop sizes in binary mode and greyscale capability from one printhead, with no loss to productivity. In binary operating mode, the Samba GMA printhead is designed to eject adjustable drop sizes from 5 to 18 picoliters, and can support grayscale levels as defined by the users control electronics.

“The speed, precision and scalability of the Samba GMA platform sets a new standard for scanning printer designs, providing significantly expanded capabilities that system developers will need to meet the requirements of high-speed, high-image quality printing,” said Terry O’Keeffe, strategic customer support manager, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.

FUJIFILM Dimatix developed Si-MEMS technology that is becoming an important design and development tool throughout the printing industry. An industry white paper was recently released, detailing Si-MEMS technology to address key print industry market needs.

FUJIFILM Dimatix has been in the forefront of print industry innovation for over 30 years. They conduct ongoing research with customers and other industry partners to keep abreast of their product and service needs. FUJIFILM Dimatix, the world's leading provider of inkjet printheads for commercial and industrial printing, is evolving inkjetting into a micro-production process that will revolutionize the manufacture of electronic and bioscience applications. The company's technology innovations and world-class fabrication processes enable high-performance, micro-precision printing and deposition of traditional inks and nano-particle fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible substrates.

To learn more about FUJIFILM Dimatix, please visit: FujifilmUSA.com.

Nanoimprint is the new Hot Topic
Monday, 03 April 2017 15:39

27 March 2017 | Press releases


Dusseldorf, GERMANY. The cooperation between Coatema Coating Machinery and temicon has revealed a brand-new R2R-Nanoimprint line. The new line allows nanoimprinting of seamless structures on rolled products up to the width of 300 millimeters for various applications. At the same time, temicon has ordered with Coatema a production line of one meter working width. This line is going to start operations in the second half of this year.

“This is probably the largest production line of its kind in Europe.” comments Dr. Oliver Humbach, CEO of temicon. “We are very proud having temicon on as a partner who is an absolute specialist and pioneer in manufacturing of nanoimprint structures.” adds Dr. Andreas Giessmann, CEO and president of Coatema. The existing corporation under the label TEMICOAT® is significantly moving ahead and now allows the manufacturing of various micrometer and sub-micrometers structures at atmospheric pressure. The scope of applications comprise lightguide structures, biomedical sensors, microfluidic, decorative and haptic surfaces.

About temicon GmbH

temicon GmbH is the leading producer of high-quality micro- and nanostructured products serving as key components for applications like lighting, display, life science, solar technology and environmental engineering. The technology enterprise has established a unique technology platform for micro- and nanostructure technology aspects. The company uses lithographic processes, thin-film technologies, electroforming, injection molding, R2R- and R2P-technologies for the production of micro- and nanostructures – with special focus on large size patterning and serial production. For more information, visit www.temicon.com

About Coatema GmbH

Since 40 years Coatema is well known as the leading manufacturer of innovative machines in coating, printing and laminating technology. From in-house lab solutions to production plants Coatema provides the full range of advanced customer solutions. For more information, visit www.coatema.de

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Researchers working on process development for high-volume manufacturing of innovative 2D nanomaterial products
Monday, 29 August 2016 18:56

19. July 2016 | Press releases

“HEA2D” consortium aims to create basis for end-to-end processing chain for two-dimensional nanomaterials

AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIXA; NASDAQ: AIXG), a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, is working together with five partners in the “HEA2D” project to investigate the production, qualities, and applications of 2D nanomaterials.

When integrated into mass production processes, 2D materials have the potential to create integrated and systematic product and production solutions that are sustainable in social, economic, and ecological terms. Using 2D materials will help to address topics such as climate change, an environmentally-friendly and affordable energy supply or mobility, addressing the increasing scarcity of resources. These materials also enable new and innovative solutions to be explored. Even though the potential harbored by this new class of materials has been demonstrated for increasing numbers of applications and with ever greater dynamism in a laboratory environment, attempts at high-volume product manufacturing functionalized with 2D materials have so far failed due to the fragmented production chain. In view of this, material-based innovations with 2D materials have not yet led to any major product innovations in practice.

The joint project HEA2D is now researching an end-to-end processing chain consisting of various deposition processes for 2D materials, processes for transfer onto plastic foils, and mass integration into plastics components. AIXTRON’s partners for implementing systems technology and integrating materials into plastic molded parts are the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH (Coatema), and Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid (K.I.M.W.). This work is being supported in terms of nano-analytics and the development of prototype components by the Institutes of “Electronic Materials and Nanostructures” (University of Duisburg-Essen) and “Graphene-based Nanotechnology” (University of Siegen).

Drawing on co-operations already in place at the project partners, the project results will be communicated to interested companies worldwide. The aim here is to integrate suggestions from end users into the production chain at an early stage of development already. To this end, the project will also use the platform operated by the “Graphene and 2D Materials” specialist group and the North Rhine Westphalia plastics cluster “Kunststoffland NRW”.

One focus of AIXTRON’s subproject involves researching (MO)-CVD processes and systems technology for the deposition of optically active 2D semiconductor materials such as molybdenum tungsten (Mo, W), selenium sulfur (Se, S), and graphene. Furthermore, together with its project partners the company will be working out a roll-to-roll concept for use in the synthesis and transfer of graphene. To ensure the efficient realization of a demonstration tool which is a core aspect of the HEA2D innovations, preliminary investigations will be performed, particularly to identify suitable source chemicals, on an existing system at AIXTRON’s applications laboratory. Based on the findings, the existing system technology will be enhanced. Together with its project partners, demonstrators on the basis of 2D semiconductor materials will be manufactured.

“HEA2D” is being promoted with funds from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) 2014-2020.

Bioprinting & 3D Printing in the Life Sciences
Thursday, 21 July 2016 17:14

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FUJIFILM Dimatix Launches New Materials Printer DMP-2850
Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:54

Significant upgrades with enhanced performance

Santa Clara, CA – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, July 19, 2016


This latest update to the desktop Dimatix Materials Printer is just the most recent in a series of investments we are making in this field

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. announces the new Dimatix Material Printer DMP-2850, with innovative features and enhanced performance for technology development in printed electronics, displays, and beyond, which is an upgraded and enhanced version of the industry leading inkjet deposition research platform, the DMP-2831.

Since its launch over 10 years ago, the DMP-2831 has become the industry standard laboratory tool for the development of inkjet deposition fluids and processes, with approximately 1,000 units placed worldwide in academic and industrial facilities. FUJIFILM Dimatix is now introducing the DMP-2850 as a significant upgrade to better serve R&D customers with improved cameras, more intuitive application software, and provisions for automated data collection and analysis.

The DMP-2850 includes an embedded 64-bit PC preconfigured with Microsoft Windows 8.1 and updated Drop Manager software. Two high-speed cameras with finer resolution optics provide superior images for drop-watching and print inspection functions. To accompany the hardware changes, the DMP-2850 will build on user accessibility and flexibility with an enhanced software platform. Remote access API and open architecture enable remote monitoring of cameras and printer status. More options for complex printing will be available with feature recognition, auto registration functions, and support for multi-layer printing. Jetting evaluation and drop watching operations will also benefit from automated analysis.

A complete platform for precision printing of materials, jetting analysis, and fluid development, the DMP-2850 provides the user with powerful tools for R&D work. A drop watching system enables jetting performance to be analyzed in combination with extensive control over printhead operation. A fiducial camera facilitates print inspection and accurate print registration to existing features. Cartridges are available with two native drop sizes, one and 10 picoliters, allowing customers their choice of jettable fluids. Silicon MEMS cartridge technology ensures compatibility with a wide range of organic solvent or aqueous-based fluid chemistries.

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. CEO and President, Martin Schoeppler, is keen to stress the continuing importance of the DMP-2850 for materials deposition. “This latest update to the desktop Dimatix Materials Printer is just the most recent in a series of investments we are making in this field.”

The DMP-2850 will be available from September 2016, and with enhanced user applications in the first quarter of 2017.

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