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

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.

About Beck Automation AG
Beck Automation is a globally active company with headquarters in Oberengstringen (near Zurich/Switzerland) and another production site in Portugal and is highly specialized in “In-mould Labeling”, fast removal robots and automation devices for injection molding machines. The company focuses consistently on decorating and labeling lids, cups, trays and buckets for various industries in the food and non-food sectors.

Building and maintaining long-term relationships with market partners through a future-oriented, predictable corporate policy determine the actions of the third generation of family management. This strategy secures the jobs of committed and experienced employees. The preservation of traditional structures, a proven network of partners and far-sighted adaptation to change form the basis for continuous advancement and inspiration of the company in the interest of customers, partners and employees.

Beck Automation has been in business since 1934 and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2014. More than 1000 reference machines highlight the global significance of the company.

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