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Loss-in-Weight Feeders

Designed for Continuous Pharmaceutical Processes

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

The new K3-PH line of feeders in modular design has been specifically designed to meet the growing demands of continuous processing in the pharmaceutical industry
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The new K3-PH line of feeders in modular design has been specifically designed to meet the growing demands of continuous processing in the pharmaceutical industry (Source: Coperion K-Tron, Niederlenz, Switzerland)

Designed for easy handling and better product quality for users in the pharmaceutical industry: The continuous accurate pharmaceutical loss-in-weight feeders of Coperion K-Tron's K3-PH line feature a modular concept complete with a drastically reduced overall footprint thanks to a new, smaller D4 platform scale incorporating the patented Smart Force Transducer (SFT) weighing technology.

The modular quick change design allows the easy exchange of feeder types and sizes as well as hoppers or agitators using the same scale & drive for fast adaptation to new processes and formulations while also ensuring easy cleaning and maintenance, the manufacturer states. The new design shall be ideal for multi feeder clustering in a variety of continuous processes, including direct compression (CDC), continuous extrusion, wet and dry granulation, and continuous coating, as well as traditional batch processes. The K3-PH also features a new drive with a servo motor which helps reduce the overall footprint and offers a larger turndown range with low feed rates.

The new K3-PH-ML-D4-QT35 feeder design features a modular concept complete with a drastically reduced overall footprint thanks to a new, smaller D4 platform scale incorporating the patented and highly accurate Smart Force Transducer (SFT) weighing technology. The modular quick change design allows the easy exchange of feeder types and sizes as well as hoppers or agitators using the same scale & drive for fast adaptation to new processes and formulations while also ensuring easy cleaning and maintenance. The new design is ideal for multi feeder clustering in a variety of continuous processes, including direct compression (CDC), continuous extrusion, wet and dry granulation, and continuous coating, as well as traditional batch processes.

The new modular pharmaceutical feeder design includes several innovative modifications, all engineered as a result of in-depth market studies with end users in the pharmaceutical industry. The quick change feeder bowl, agitator and screw combinations which can be quickly decoupled from the feeder drive provide for easy and fast changeover and cleaning of the feeders. By opening two clamps the feeder bowl can be released and replaced by a clean one for running a new product. The three available Coperion K-Tron feeder types QT20, QT35 and QS60, both twin and single screw, can be used with the same scale and drive combination. The redesign of the scale from a heretofore round design to a trapezoid design facilitates an optimized multi feeder arrangement with a much smaller footprint. This is important and useful especially in areas with limited space, where multiple ingredients must be fed into one process inlet. In addition, the feeder bowls and hoppers feature a new improved seal design for ideal product containment.

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