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The most important part of a capsule is its contents. But if the shell is not carefully made, the dosage ingredients inside lose effectiveness. From molding to sizing, capsule manufacturing equipment forms perfectly-matching husks ready for filling. The simplicity of encapsulation revolutionized pharmaceuticals since it was introduced in the 19th century. However, capsules are changing to increase delivery efficiency and reduce the dependency on gelatin.

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Vision inspection system for tablets and capsules

Vision inspection system for tablets and capsules

Pharmaceuticals and healthcare product manufacturers dealing with oral s…

Cold forming aluminum blister machine for capsules

Cold forming aluminum blister machine for capsules

Aluminum blisters are mainly used for packaging products that are sensi…

Effective Visual Inspection System for Capsules

Effective Visual Inspection System for Capsules

The attribute of capsule packing is a critical parameter that controls the …

Metal detector for tablets and capsules

Metal detector for tablets and capsules

Identification of metallic contaminants is a vital part of pharmaceutical quality co…

Electronic capsule counter

Electronic capsule counter

For lab work or small batch production, hand counting of solid doses into dispensing containers is…

Semi-automatic capsule filler

Semi-automatic capsule filler

Hard gelatin capsules are a popular format for delivering a wide variety of pharmaceutical dose…

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Automatic capsule loader

Automatic capsule loader

Capsules are a popular method of dosage delivery for a wide range of compounds. For anything other th…

Laboratory scale soft gelatin capsule machine

Laboratory scale soft gelatin capsule machine

Softgel (or soft gelatin) capsules are a very popular method for providing or…

Automatic soft gelatin capsule machines

Automatic soft gelatin capsule machines

Soft gelatin (or softgel) capsules have become a popular mode of oral liquid dosing …

Softgel capsules polisher

Softgel capsules polisher

The final stage in high quality softgel (or soft gelatin) capsule production is the capsule polish.…

Waste minimization weight sorter for tablets & capsules

Waste minimization weight sorter for tablets & capsules

For medium scale production, you can improve line efficiency and r…

High capacity weight sorter for tablets & capsules

High capacity weight sorter for tablets & capsules

By employing a weight sorter that is fully flexible and able to han…

Capsule checkweigher

Capsule checkweigher

The production of pharmaceutical capsules requires that individual doses are checked for accuracy. In a p…

High capacity capsule filler

High capacity capsule filler

In the highest volume pharmaceutical production environments, capsule filling needs to be extrem…

Scale up capsule filler

Scale up capsule filler

For higher production volumes of pharmaceutical capsules, speed, accuracy and reliability of productio…

Entry level capsule filler

Entry level capsule filler

For the production of pharmaceutical doses in capsule form complete accuracy of fill is paramount.…

Microencapsulation system for your drug delivery system

Microencapsulation system for your drug delivery system

Whether you want to improve the stability of nutrients, protect an…

Benchtop weight sorter for tablets & capsules

Benchtop weight sorter for tablets & capsules

For laboratory pharmaceutical R&D work or use in clinical trials, a …

Versatile weight sorter for tablets & capsules

Versatile weight sorter for tablets & capsules

Saving costs and improved production efficiencies are possible by optin…

Industrial capsule checkweigher

Industrial capsule checkweigher

Pharmaceutical manufacturing demands the highest quality standards and completely consistent …

Laboratory capsule filler for liquid solutions

Laboratory capsule filler for liquid solutions

A recent important change in the industry is the trend toward providing liqu…

Automatic capsule filler for liquid solutions

Automatic capsule filler for liquid solutions

Use of liquid filled hard capsules is increasingly popular with today's pharm…

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Automatic laboratory capsule filler

Automatic laboratory capsule filler

Innovators in the highly regulated and highly dynamic pharmaceutical market place need e…

Contained capsule filler

Contained capsule filler

For pharmaceutical formulations that are highly active specialized capsule filling equipment is often…

Automatic capsule filler

Automatic capsule filler

Capsule filling should be a worry-step in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturing.  The right …

High-yield capsule filler

High-yield capsule filler

Pharmaceutical manufacturers require maximum yield from their encapsulation process for efficient p…

Easy to validate capsule filler

Easy to validate capsule filler

Staying competitive in today's highly dynamic and highly regulated pharmaceutical production …

Checkweigher for capsules

Checkweigher for capsules

The new interactive indicator unit allows for even easier use. High-rigidity weighcells have been p…

R&D electronic counter for capsules and tablets

R&D electronic counter for capsules and tablets

This machine has been designed to offer an ever-precise and reliable count …

R&D hard gelatin capsule sealing machine

R&D hard gelatin capsule sealing machine

When encapsulating products at temperatures up to + 80°C, these tend to solidify at…

R&D capsule orientater

R&D capsule orientater

A semi-automatic orienter for capsules with an output speed up to 6000 capsules.

R&D semi-automatic capsule filler

R&D semi-automatic capsule filler

Semi-automatic filling machine suitable to open, fill and close empty hard gelatin capsule…

R&D automatic capsule filler

R&D automatic capsule filler

Automatic capsule filling machine for powders, pellets, tablets, mini-tablets, capsule in capsul…

Inspection system for tablets chemical composition

Inspection system for tablets chemical composition

The packaging of pharmaceuticals and oral solid products such as tablet…

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Mold the shells into shape with capsule manufacturing equipment

Capsule shells are composed of the body and the cap that closes the dosage. Capsule manufacturing equipment dips a series of steel pins into a drum filled with the base material. The wet molding pins move to the drying chamber to harden as they spin on their axis to ensure even distribution.

Once the shells are formed, they are stripped off the pins. But they are not yet finished for filling. The empty capsules must first be cut to the correct length and joined in a pre-lock position, ready for encapsulation.

Pair the API with the correct shell before the capsule filling process

Encapsulation technology lines up the capsule bodies on a bed of holders. A stainless steel dosage system pours the formula in the powder tray into the shells. The caps, aligned precisely in their holding section, are ready to be lowered onto the filled capsule bodies. The fins in the body enter the slits of the cap, locking them into position.

The encapsulated ingredients directly impact shell stability. Hygroscopic materials, for example, risk cracking the gelatin capsules. Capsule filling machines must account for the properties of the dosage formula and the materials, thickness, and shelf life of the shells.

Capsule production is either an automatic, semi-automatic or manual process. Manual capsule fillers are still used in smaller production facilities. However, for making large scale pharmaceutical capsules, automation is employed to maximize output and efficiency.

Control the water content in hard gelatin capsules to balance plasticity and containment

The first hard gelatin capsules were filled with pharmaceutical formulas in powder form. But one of the advantages of encapsulation is that it offers flexibility with a range of dosage solutions, from tablets to beads to micro-capsules.

This versatility means that the gelatin shells have to deliver stability. The gelatin mix must allow enough moisture content to create elasticity without altering the properties of the encapsulated APIs.

Insufficient drying temperature leads to undesirable air pockets in soft gelatin capsules

Soft gelatin capsules, also known as softgels, are suitable for non-aqueous solutions such as oil. The active pharmaceutical ingredients are dissolved or suspended into an oil-based form.

One of the challenges in producing softgel capsules is the formation of air bubbles in the gelatin base. This happens when the capsule manufacturing equipment fails to reach the right temperature during the drying stage, and air remains trapped in the mixture. These pockets of unreleased air weaken the structure of the capsule.

HPMC capsules are more suitable hygroscopic fillings

Hypromellose emerged as the plant-sourced alternative to gelatin. But HPMC capsules are less dependent on water content, making them a better solution for hygroscopic ingredients.

However, since Hypromellose has a higher oxygen permeability, the fill ingredients need anti-oxidant additives to compensate. HPMC capsules also require oxygen-resistant packaging, such as aluminum blister configurations.

Blister packs offer greater protection for pharmaceutical capsules

The packing solution depends on the type of capsule. Vitamin or food supplement capsules may be bottled in simple containers. However, a desiccant pouch helps to absorb moisture and maintain a controlled environment.

In the case of pharmaceutical capsules, the ingredients demand safer packaging. Blister packs are more secure and are more convenient for dosage control. Complete blister packaging solutions often include coding and die-cutting systems, but simple entry-level batch machines are also available.

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