sop for Cleaning of Ampoule Filling and Sealing Machine



sop for Cleaning of Ampoule Filling and Sealing Machine


To lay down a Procedure for Operation and Cleaning of Ampoule Filling and Sealing Machine.

2.0 SCOPE:
This SOP is applicable for Operation and Cleaning of Ampoule Filling and Sealing Machine, Twelve Heads, in Production

Officer  Production

Head – Production


5.1.1Ensure that proper electric supply & earthing are provided to the Machine.
5.1.2Ensure Oxygen, LPG and Nitrogen Supply is ON.
5.1.3Ensure that each & every ampoule rotating Bearing is working properly.
5.1.4Ensure that LAF is ‘ON’ and Pressure differential in Magnehelic Gauge is within Range.
5.1.5Ensure that Temperature of filling area is NMT 25ºC.

5.1.6Before starting the filling operation, ensure the machine setting by using empty ampoules for following: nozzle shouldn’t touch the tip of ampoules to avoid any friction which may lead to generation of glass particles. nozzle should be in the center of tip to avoid any spiking / deposition of solution over

the neck of ampoules (Which may lead to  charring of solution and results in generation of black particles).
5.1.7 Ensure cleaning & sanitization of aseptic area done before activity.

5.2.1Transfer the sterilized machine parts from cooling zone to filling room through Mobile LAF.
5.2.2Take the machine parts from mobile LAF & assembled machine parts step by step as per requirement aseptically under LAF.
5.2.3Machine parts shall be assembled step by step in the below mentioned sequence. the piston from mobile LAF trolley to filling machine under LAF. the filling machine safety guard, and assemble the Pistons manifolds as below. the inlet of piston with manifolds outlet by sterilized silicon tubing as below. the outlet of piston with filter needles shown as below. Pre & Post Nitrogen needles manifold & connect the Nitrogen manifold

outlet with needles by sterilized silicon tubing as below. Connect the nitrogen supply to Manifold inlet by using sterilized hydrophobic vent filter as shown below.
5.2.4After that Manifold inlet connected with outlet of buffer tank using product dedicated silicon tube.
5.2.5Set the ampoule height & proper sealing by adjusting the flame with empty ampoule and measuring

the ampoule height by using vernier caliper / calibrated SS Scale.
5.2.6Cutting of ampoules to be done as per following parameters.
For ampoules of volume 1ml, height of ampoule will be 48.0mm +/- 2mm.
For ampoules of volume 2ml, height of ampoule will be 58.0mm +/- 2mm.
For ampoules of volume 3ml, height of ampoule will be 65.0mm +/- 2mm.
For ampoules of volume 5ml, height of ampoule will be 69.0mm +/- 2mm.
5.2.7Check nitrogen supply from pre & post nitrogen needle and adjust Nitrogen flow rate as per BMR by using Rota meter.
5.2.8Start the filling machine, and initially flush out the solution from filling needles and then adjust fill volume as per BMR.
5.2.9Initially check the fill volume by using Calibrated Measuring Cylinder or pre sterilized disposal syringe.
5.3.1Perform Challenge test of sensors before start of operation and after any break-down of machine.
5.3.2Record the details of sensors challenge test in Annexure-I
5.3.3Ensure that depyrogenated empty ampoules are ready for filling operation.
5.3.4Ensure that Post BPT of first filtration complies. For filter used between compounding to holding vessel (Cartridge)

5.3.5Switch On Machine. Following screen will get display, login the machine by user ID and password.

5.3.6After Login, HMI screen will show following MENU display.

5.3.7After selecting Auto –operation following display appear

5.3.8Parameters settings and maintenance mode are allowed to run by authorized persons only.
5.3.9Get detail of inputs and outputs.

5.3.10Press Maintenance to check & run the machine equipments manually.
5.3.11Press Parameters setting to set machine parameters.
5.3.12After getting the required volume, check & adjust the pre and post Nitrogen flushing of the Ampoule.
5.3.13Check the volume of ampoules from each needle respectively. Ensure volume of individual

Ampoule is within permissible volume limit during initial setting as per BMR.
5.3.14Adjust the oxygen and LPG using gas ON/OFF buttons for ampoule sealing.
5.3.15Check the Sealed Ampoules for proper sealing.
5.3.16Filled and Sealed Ampoules are collected in pre sterilized perforated SS trays.
5.3.17Check the volume of each needle as per Batch Manufacturing Record.
5.3.18Check the height of the Ampoule as per specification (Refer point no.6.2.6).

5.3.19Record the operation details in Format Titled “Equipment Log” of SOP

5.4.1Switch off the electric supply of the machine
5.4.2Turn off the supply of nitrogen gas, oxygen gas and LPG.
5.4.3Take filtered WFI in holding vessel and connected to final filter housing, and operate

the filling machine and Flush out the WFI through filling needle
5.4.4Dismantle the filling parts: – Syringes, Needles, Silicone Tubes etc. and

transfer it to pre wash area through the Dynamic pass box for its cleaning and sterilization.
5.4.5Remove the left over empty ampoules and transfer to pre wash area for destruction.
5.4.6Remove all the spread solution from the outer and inner side of the machine

5.4.7Take all unused filling machine parts and other accessories and transfer in to pre wash area.
5.4.8Wipe all the guards, machine body & conveyor belt with WFI using lint free Moping pad
5.4.9Clean all the guards, machinery & conveyor belt using 70% IPA solution spraying all over

the Machine and by lint free Moping pad
5.4.10Clean the surrounding area of the machine using disinfectant solution or and then sanitized the area as per SOP.

(SYRINGES. NEEDLES, SILICONE TUBES ETC.) all machine parts, silicon tubes & needles. each set of silicon tubing to manifold system installed in pre wash area and flush out

purified water for 2 min. with pressure of WFI for 2 min with pressure. the Manifolds & Needles individually with Purified water followed by WFI for 1 min each. the inner side of manifold’ to silicon tube and flush out with purified water for 2 min. and  followed by WFI for 2 min. all pistons and collect in a tray and dip in purified water and thoroughly cleaned by using lint free MOP. cleaning with purified water, clean the pistons with WFI. of Final filter and Filter housing shall be performed as per respective SOP. process shall be verified by production & IPQA personnel and after proper cleaning,

inspect the Machine Parts visually. person shall collect rinse water sample (if product change) for analysis. QA clearance, all machine parts and tubing to be sterilized in Autoclave as per validated load pattern. cleaned machine parts not used within 12 Hrs., then cleaning of machine parts

shall be performed again before using as per above procedure. the cleaning of machine parts as per SOP and checklist details in Format Titled
“Cleaning Checklist for Machine Parts”.

Before use or every batch/product change over.

°C               : Degree Centigrade
BPT            :Bubble Point Test
ID No.        :Identification Number
IPA              :Isopropyl Alcohol
LAF            : Laminar Air Flow
LPG            :Liquid Petroleum Gas
Mm             :millimeter
MMI          : Man Machine Interface
No.              : Number
QA               :Quality Assurance
SOP            : Standard Operating Procedure


Annexure-I Sensor Challenge Test Record



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