Capsule Fillers For Powders, Tablets, Liquids

Whatever your drug product, these machines can encapsulate it with precision and speed.

A provider of empty two-piece capsules has developed its own product line of capsule-filling equipment and capsule-sealing technology. The LiqFil Super 40 fully automated capsule-filling machine can handle various types of dosage forms such as powders, multilayered coated granules, oils and paste, tablet formulations, and clinical samples. The powder-filling option can be converted from compressed to vibration filling methods easily. Compact in size (30.7 in. ¥ 26.8 in.), this machine operates at a rate of 40,000 capsules per hour. The HiCapSeal 40 fully automated hard-capsule-sealing machine can handle capsules filled with many different types of materials, ranging from dry solids to nonaqueous liquids. Capsules can be sealed hermetically by applying a gelatin or HPMC double band around their joined portions. The HiCapSeal 40 has a production capacity of 40,000 to 50,000 capsules per hour. Shionogi Qualicaps, Whitsett, NC.

A continuous-motion capsule filler is capable of filling capsules at a rate of 200,000 per hour in powder, single-pellet, and dual-pellet applications. In addition to its unsurpassed speed, the Model G250 features short cleaning times and simple changeover and is designed for quick maintenance. The modular small-footprint system is engineered to be integrated with external capsule-feed and product-feed systems. It has a control panel that includes a Windows NT­based touch screen. The capsule-filling machine can be upgraded to accommodate the manufacturer's Nett System, an onboard weight-control system. MG America, Fairfield, NJ.

A line of encapsulation machinery includes three fully automated capsule-filling and capsule-closing machines. The SeJong SF-40 automatic machine is rated at 40,000 capsules per hour and can formulate capsules with any combination of powders, tablets, and pellets. Similar fully automatic machines are the SF-90, rated at 90,000 capsules per hour, and the SF-135, rated at 140,000 capsules per hour. All three of these machines come complete with programmable logic controllers and touch screen controls. CapPlus Technologies, Phoenix, AZ.

A semiautomatic capsule-filling machine can output up to 35,000 capsules per hour, depending upon capsule size. The CapsuFill Model CF 2 is equipped with an Allen Bradley PLC system. Capsule locking and emptying are automatic. Four different augers are supplied with the machine, and changeover sections are available for capsule sizes 000 to 4. All contact parts are made of 304 stainless steel. Safety features of the capsule filler include an emergency switch, safety interlocked guards for capsule-loading and capsule-closing sections, a proximity switch at the powder-feeding table to prevent hopper engagement if the capsule ring is not in place, and a safety solenoid valve to empty all the air from the machine if the emergency switch is activated. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry Company, Inc., Ramsey, NJ.

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