Flexible transport system: Assembly technology with high degree of freedom


The flexible MFT assembly concept consists of several modules that are connected by a transport system. The offers freedom in the use of space and the degree of automation. The MFT assembly machine can even produce product variations. As a transport system, the machine uses intelligent linear motors or chain transport with workpiece carriers.

  • Highly flexible with regard to product, set-up and performance class
  • Universal use allows economic production start and future upgrades
  • Process reliability despite customization using standard basic modules in combination with product-specific processes
  • Ability to integrate manual work stations
  • Ability to run different cycle rate between the modules
  • Transport von Komponenten bei der Montage von Inhalatoren

    MFT – Flexible transport system for complex assembly application

    The flexible MFT transport system combines several manual work stations and automated processes during the pre-assembly of inhalers.

  • Vormontieren von Inhalatoren mit flexiblem Transportsystem

    MFT – Flexible transport during pre-assembly of inhalers

    Manual work stations for pre-assembling disc inhalers combined with automated assembly technology.

  • Diagnostik-Strips montieren und verpacken

    MFT – Assembly and packaging machine for diagnostic products

    Transporting components and products in an assembly and packaging line to produce diagnostic strips.

Technical data
  • Performance: up to 60 cycles/min
  • Stations: variable
  • Mounting point: 1 to 16 tracks
  • Clean room design: clean room class 100,000 – 10,000
  • Drives for the process stations (depending on the assembly task): Cam-controlled, electro-pneumatic or servo-motor driven
Final products
  • Inhaler
  • Diagnostic products
  • Assembly machines
  • Dosing systems
  • Feeding technology
  • Labeling
  • Inspection systems
  • Packaging machines

Machine features

Parts handling

Components are automatically taken out using vacs, grippers or tongs and accurately transferred. This can be performed in a linear or swivel movement. To increase the output, these systems can be set up at multiple locations so as to perform loading and unloading tasks at the same time.


Automated logistics concepts control how product components are fed via feeding unit and regulate the transport systems within the machine. Robot and automation technology is intended to insert components into production machines and to handle them during assembly.

Joining and final assembly

Joining technology is one of the basic processes for completing assembly groups. Highly precise processes and gentle handling are perquisites to ensuring that components are reliably joined. Inspection and measuring systems guarantee the highest possible quality, even at high speeds.

Barrier technology

Compact machine design and detailed knowledge of all processes makes Harro Höfliger a specialist in containment and barrier systems that serve to protect both the operator and the product. For ideal accessibility, ergonomic studies are performed that simulate all processes and operating steps.

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