Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Capsule Fillers
A capsule filler features a powder-filling station designed for processing difficult-to-handle products. The GKF 2500 also can accommodate filling capsules with pellets or tablets. It can fill up to 150,000 capsules per hour. The machine features cleaning and size-changing functions that are designed to be easy to operate. Fill volume is adjustable. Other stations on the machine include closing and extraction. The closing station features concave closing pins. Bosch Packaging Technology, Minneapolis; 763/424-4700; www.boschpackaging.com.
Two machines are designed to perform intermittent-motion capsule filling and closing operations. The Macofar CD5 and CD20 are specifically engineered for laboratory, clinical-trial, and small production runs. They are capable of outputting between 6000 and 20,000 capsules per hour. They feature vertical-movement vacuum dosators. The machines can fill a range of powders, pellets, and tablets. Romaco USA, Lincoln Park, NJ; 973/709-0691; www.romaco.com.
An automatic capsule filler features two capsule magazines, each with nine feeding tracks. The CF-45 is designed to output up to 45,000 capsules per hour. It has side and down pushers on its capsule raceways. The machine also includes a rotary encoder for digital speed indication. Other feature stations on the machine include capsule separating, faulty capsule ejection, and capsule closing. CapPlus Technologies, Phoenix, AZ; 623/582-2800; www.capplustech.com.
A company offers a kit for producing small batches of one size of capsules. The Feton capsule filling kit features loading and filling machines, a tapping device, and powder spreader. It also has a carrying case. The kit can output between 1500 and 4000 capsules per hour. CroPharm, Milford, CT; 203/877-3859; www.cropharm.com.
A series of automatic capsule-filling machines is designed to handle dosing forms such as powders, pellets, beads, granules, and minitabs. The Liqfil Super Series fillers can also handle pastes, oils, and liquids. The series includes the F-80, F-120, and F-150, all of which feature compressed filling and vibration filling methods for powders. The machines also feature an O-ring that acts as a shock absorber to prevent the capsule from cracking once it reaches the end of the body brushing. They can fill hard capsule size 00—5. Qualicaps Inc., Whitsett, NC; 336/449-3900; www.qualicaps.com.
A high-speed capsule filler outputs up to 200,000 capsules per hour, according to the manufacturer. The G250 is designed to accommodate powders, pellets, microtablets, and tablets. It can fill combinations of those materials. It can also fill two kinds of pellets in the same capsule. The machine handles capsule sizes from 000 to 5, including tamper-proof capsules. It also can be fitted with weight control systems. MG America, Fairfield, NJ; 973/808-8185; www.mgamerica.com.
A series of capsule fillers is equipped with safety switches on its doors for shut off or emergency stops. The PCF series is designed to output up to 2800 capsules per minute, accommodating capsule sizes 00 to 5. The machines feature sensors that can indicate low powder and capsule supplies. The fillers are designed for filling powders. However, additional tooling can enable the machines to also fill pellets. Other optional features include double feeder and output. Pharmaland Technologies, Toronto, ON, Canada; 866/446-6766; www.pharmaland.ca.
Capsule-filling systems are suitable for research and development, clinical trials, compounding, nutritional supplements, and overencapsulation. ProFill systems employ positive filling for new or hard-to-fill formulations and natural products because lubricants and other additives are not required. Available in models with 100-hole and 300/324-hole sizes, the ProFill is designed to be easy to operate. Change parts for all capsule sizes snap in. Torpac, Fairfield, NJ; 973/244-1125; www.torpac.com.