CHARLOTTESVILLE – May 13, 2015– Lighthouse Instruments, LLC, a world leader in laser test and measurement systems for pharmaceutical process monitoring, today announced a strategic business partnership with Robert Bosch, GmbH to develop and distribute a new machine series for container closure integrity (CCI) testing using Lighthouse’s laser headspace analysis (HSA) technology. The first machine will be unveiled at Achema in Frankfurt/Main, Germany on June 15, 2015.
Lighthouse is the leading provider of non-destructive laser spectroscopy HSA systems with more than fifteen years of experience and the largest installed base of HSA systems for pharmaceutical applications. Lighthouse will exclusively license and supply to Bosch laser measurement systems for automated pharmaceutical leak detection. Bosch, will be the sole vendor of the fully automated machine series while Lighthouse will continue to independently offer measurement services, laboratory instruments and automation for non-leak detection applications to the pharmaceutical industry.
“By combining this expertise and best-in-class technology with our market-leading machinery for pharmaceutical inspection applications, we have developed a highly flexible and customizable leak detection platform,” says Joachim Baczewski, head of Inspection Technology and president of Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. in Japan. “The new, fully automated series inspects different containers filled with lyophilized products, as well as medicines filled under vacuum or purged with inert gas.”
“We are excited to contribute our expertise in state-of-the-art laser technology and to partner with Bosch Packaging Technology to offer the pharmaceutical industry best-in-class leak detection machines that will help customers achieve their goals for high product quality,” says Jim Veale, President and CEO of Lighthouse Instruments. “The partnership between Bosch and Lighthouse goes beyond mere supply cooperation: by joining efforts with Lighthouse, Bosch can offer customers best-in-class HSA technology, combined with extensive expert knowledge and consulting services.”
Lighthouse Instruments, located in Charlottesville Virginia, is a leading global supplier of laser test and measurement systems for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and contract manufacturing industries. Its operations are divided into three business units: Measurement Services, Laboratory Instruments, and Automation.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”