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Tablet and Capsule Drum Filling System: How to Reliably Transfer Semi-solid Products

| Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

The solution achieved with the Tablet and Capsule Drum Filling System is reason of pride for the complexity of the project and the high level of innovation that this system contains. (Picture: CO.RA.)
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The solution achieved with the Tablet and Capsule Drum Filling System is reason of pride for the complexity of the project and the high level of innovation that this system contains. (Picture: CO.RA.)

Maintaining product integrity during transfer from one process step to the other can present huge problems, especially if semi-solid products such as tablets or capsules are handled. Therefore, careful planning is needed to develop a filling system that meets these requirements.

The pharmaceutical industry of today is not immune to market demands and must adapt to the need to reduce costs, increase production efficiency as well as the specialization in the company departments. At each stage of production you need the maximum efficiency without sacrificing the quality which is typical of the pharmaceutical sector. All this requires procedural solutions that are increasingly automated and technologically advanced.

One of the areas that is most subject to the optimization process is that of solid handling. It is in this area and in its related logistics area that the efforts to contain costs are focused. Often the tendency is to specialize more and more departments and personnel involved, dividing the skills that are specific to the areas of production from those of the areas of packaging. In this context, it is possible to clash with the organizational challenges that can sometimes seem difficult to overcome.

Take the case, for example, of the necessity of transferring semi-solid products such as tablets and capsules from a production department to a packaging department. Maintaining the integrity of the product is essential and is a problem that the production department of the pharmaceutical industry worldwide faces daily. Among other important requirements in the production environment is the identification of the batch and its traceability.

But in case of transferral which may involve a production department and a packaging department that are in two separate facilities, it is necessary to move the product in properly packaged units that are perfectly identical, intact and easily manipulable. One must also take into consideration that they could be damaged during transportation over long distances. In these circumstances, a prudent plan is to subdivide the batch into transport units so as to limit the damage to a relatively small portion of the batch.

In this context CO.RA. is able to bring in its experience of over 30 years of production ranging from individual components to complete systems for the pharmaceutical industry and fine chemistry. The Italian company offers a range of cross products, components and fittings, as well as solid handling systems, with solutions in the interface connection from a machine A to machine B.

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