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The most significant decision when making ointments is likely to be the choice between automatic or semi-automatic processes for it. This impacts on individual phases of the ointment cream manufacturing process - the water phase and oil phase.

What ointment equipment do you need?

Small-scale laboratory dispersing machine

Developing and validating new processes requires reliable and highly versatile e...

Pilot ultrasonic extractor

In the herbal medicine industry, an ultrasonic extractor is a valid alternative to conventional e...

Self-adhesive linear labeling machine for bottles

It is vital to have precise and long-lasting labels on bottles to avoid...

Cosmetic cream filler

From thin liquid baby oils and perfumes to thicker lotions and creams for hair and skincare, cosmetic p...

Pharmaceutical formulation and mixing tanks

Preparation lines for formulating pharmaceuticals include fixed and mobile tan...

Benchtop mill for ointments

Pharmaceutical and cosmetic creams, ointments, gels and pastes can deliver a wide range of activ...

High shear lab mixer for creams

Lab-scale mixers are vital in the design or small-batch production of a range of pharmaceuti...

Homogenizer for creams

Homogenization (or pharmaceutical micronization) is the process of reducing particle sizes, and is a v...

Shell and tube heat exchanger

Heating, cooling and tempering are important processes in the production of many products acro...

In-line monoblock linear filler & capper

In many food, chemicals and cosmetic industry processes it is vital to have a...

Flowmeter filler

For larger production runs of food, non-food and cosmetics industries, where accuracy and volume of filling i...

Colloid mill

For creating extremely fine emulsions and high quality dispersions a high pressure homogenizer is often chosen.  ...

High-pressure homogenizer

When processes call for homogenized emulsions with extremely fine particle sizes the traditional t...

Compact monoblock filler

Filling and capping bottles and pots for food, chemical and cosmetics industries using separate mach...

Sachet Machine

If you want to pack into eye-catching 4-side sealed sachets between 40×50 mm and 250×200 mm in size, ...

Single head capper

For the stand-alone capping of bottles of up to 30 litre capacity for smaller-scale production you need a ...

Tube unloader and feeder

The pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries utilise high speed tube fillers on large-scale production...

Tube feeding unit for high volume and high speed tube filler

High performance tube-filling machines are used for large s...

Loading cassette for a tube filler

High performance tube-filling machines are used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic indus...

Tube feeder for a small scale production tube filler

Low speed tube-filling machines are used for small scale production ...

High speed automatic tube filler

For high-volume lines filling pharmaceutical, cosmetic or food products into tube container...

High capacity horizontal cartoner for pharmaceutical and cosmetic appliances

Cartoners take carton blanks which are fo...

Automatic cartoner for applications in pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry

For high capacity production of cosmetics...

Pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry products cartoner

A large number of cosmetic and pharmaceutical products are packed ...

Horizontal cartoner for pharma and cosmetics

Most pharmaceutical and cosmetics products are packed in cardboard cartons fo...

High capacity cartoner for pharmaceutical applications

Many pharmaceutical products are packed in protective and decorati...

Vertical cartoner for pharmaceutical applications

Many pharmaceutical and cosmetic products are sold in protective and de...

Medium speed tube filler and sealer

For scale-up filling of tube packaging for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food products...

Medium and high speed range automatic tube filler

When scaling up production of pharmaceutical, food or cosmetic products...

Low speed tube filler

Increasing numbers of products in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries are delivered in fle...

Servo controlled filler

For food and non-food liquid products that are high foam or have a high viscosity a specialist fillin...

Multi-head capper

For the stand-alone capping of bottles of up to 2.5litre capacity you need a robust and flexible machine wi...

GMP homogenizing system

Manufacturers need production mixing equipment that is capable, flexible, and easy to maintain. Accur...

Corundum disk mill

Wet milling and grinding of viscous liquids or pastes containing solid particles such as peanut butter,mus...

Dispersing machine for emulsions and suspensions

Equipment operating under the rotor/stator principal is often employed wh...

Dispersing machine for very fine emulsions and suspensions

For continuous high performance mixing of solid and liquid ra...

Cone mill

When your raw materials include agglomorated suspensions of grainy or crystalline solids and your process needs a st...

Inline batch mixer for solids and liquids

Several issues often arise when your process requires batch-wise mixing of powde...

Continuous homogenizing system

Certain mixing tasks present unique challenges and manufacturers need equipment that is speci...

High accuracy homogenizing system

When extremely high accuracy is required in your recipe or formulation traditional mixing...

Horizontal kneader

For high viscosity products, better results and reduced process times can be achieved with kneading type r...

Vertical kneader

Production of highly viscous products with high solid content often benefits from kneading processes rather t...

Continuous kneader

Effective mixing of highly viscous products with extremely high solids content can be difficult and the re...

Batch dispersing machine

Equipment operating under the rotor/stator principal is often employed when more traditional methods...

Batch dispersing machine for abrasive products

For mixing and dispersing tasks that cannot be completed by conventional st...

Batch dispersing machine for bottom entry into vessels

When your process requires high performance mixing or dispersion b...

Cost-effective homogenizing and emulsifying system

Manufacturers need production mixing equipment that is capable, flexib...

Dust-free continuous homogenizing system

Producers in a wide variety of industries benefit from equipment that can continuo...

Dilution system for two or more liquids in one pass

Onsite dilution of liquid process ingredients has historically been a...

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When selecting production equipment for a production plant, it is important to talk to someone with experience in your field. Our industry experts have experience with various industrial applications. We’d love to help you!
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How to manufacture ointments

Before homogenizing ointments, you need to treat each of the product’s main components separately, in specialized vessels. The process begins at the water phase. In it, you dissolve the water-soluble components in demineralized water in a vessel that is proper for it. Next up is the oil phase, involving the mixing of the wax and oil components in a wax phase vessel. Motor-driven agitators heat and mix the containers, then a vacuum system filters and moves them through pipes to the ointment manufacturing vessel. At this stage, you introduce homogenizers and emulsifiers, to ensure that the mixing of the components (including the drug ones)  is as uniformly as possible.

When the product is ready, it is time to transfer it to the storage tank, then move it to the filling machine. Finally, before filling the product into tubes, you can use a triple roller mill to remove extra water from the product. In the end, Clean-in-place (CIP) systems take care of all the containers used in the ointment cream manufacturing process.

What you should know about making and selling ointments

Should you use the automatic or semi-automatic process?

The semi-automatic process is shorter and easier than the automatic process, and it also involves the use of fewer vessels. However, the automatic process ensures a more thorough processing of materials. Essentially, the automatic process is more cost-effective if you’re considering the large-scale production of ointments. The main difference between both processes occurs at the initial stage. In the automatic process, you heat the water-soluble and wax components in different vessels. On the other hand, you can use the same vessel to mix and stir all the different components. Also, a planetary mixer replaces agitators, while colloid mills act in place of homogenizers in this process.

What you should know about making and selling ointments

Under the FD&C Act, in the US, ointments can be both cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Its categorization depends on the vehicle or base of your finished product. Vehicles include lotions, ointments, pastes, syrups, and suspensions. Vehicles in liquid dosage forms may be aqueous (water, hydro-alcoholic solutions, polyhydric alcohol), or oily (emulsified bases, vegetable or mineral oils, etc.).

Protective ointments are required to neither penetrate the skin nor facilitate the absorption of substances through the skin. These are regarded as cosmetics. Antiseptic ointments, on the other hand, need to be able to penetrate the skin and are regarded as pharmaceuticals. In general, while the FDA provides regulations for the manufacturing and sale of cosmetic products, you do not require a license before you set up a cosmetic production business. Also, the FDA typically does not need to approve cosmetic products before they go on sale. On the flip side, if your product is a pharmaceutical one, you need to get approval to both start-up and sell the product.

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