Capsule filling business requires efficient and state-of-the-art machines. It goes without saying that the selection of capsule filling machine becomes very important. If you are just starting and have no clue how the selection should be made, this comprehensive guide will be of great help to you. So, read on:
As you know a capsule is a small and cylindrical shape soft or hard container in which the drug is enclosed. It is considered a perfect substitute to tablets and it can be used for drug, supplements or vitamins packaging. It completely depends on what you are processing; however, you can use a capsule shell to fill pellets, powder or solvents.
Using the right capsule filling machine is very important as we stated earlier in the post and one of the key determiners is certainly the kind of capsule you are manufacturing. Let’s first take a look at different capsule types.
Vegetarian capsules and Gelatin capsules
As the name suggests, vegetarian capsules are manufactured using vegetative products and various types of plants. They are considered a perfect alternative to gel capsules, because there are a number of consumers who do not prefer consuming capsules made of animal products.
Gelatin capsules, on the other hand are made of gelatin that contains collagen and it contains flavor free organic food. This is extracted from bones and skins of animals.
Determiners to choose a capsule type
You must be wondering which capsule type is the best for you. Frankly speaking, there are a number of factors you need to consider while choosing a capsule type. For instance, not the needs of all customers are same. Vegetarian capsules are preferred by some customers because of their religious beliefs. These capsules are soluble and less expensive as well because they are made from various plant products. Besides, there are some more advantages capsules offer-
– Capsules are not heavy and they are easy to fill and pack.
– Easy production.
– They are multi-productive because they can contain various types of contents such as fluids, pellets and powder.
Hard Gelatin Vegetarian Capsules and Soft Gelatin Vegetarian Capsules
The segregation is not just limited to vegetarian and gelatin capsules. They can be further segregated into-
• Hard gelatin vegetarian capsules
• Soft gelatin vegetarian capsules
Capsules also contain preservatives, lubricants and coloring components.
Hard gelatin capsules are made using double piece gel encapsulation and as the name suggests they are dry and hard. These are available in a number of sizes ranging from 000, 00, 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4. It must be used only if the drug is highly soluble in the stomach and body.
Soft gelatin vegetarian capsules are used if you are filling dissolved and miscible oil in them. These capsules easily get dissolved in the body post consumption. These capsules do not have a specific size like it is the case with hard gelatin capsules.
Which capsule size you should go for?
As you know capsules are available in a number of sizes such as 000, 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4. You should also take some more factors while choosing a capsule size which are as under:
1. Weight & volume
2. Weight capacity in terms of powder density
3. Dimensions of the capsule which includes not just the cap length, body length and overall closed length.
The big question is how to choose the right machine type. You must know that all machines are different and possess different working capabilities, size and mode of operation apart from the output.
Majorly there are three capsule fillers available in the market which are:
– Manually operated capsule filler machine
These machines possess a range of 220-320 holes in beds. You must know that the higher the number of holes, the higher the production capacity. One of the best benefits of this machine type is that it is cost-effective and good for the local market. These machines also contain a powder segment tray, pin plate with 200-320 holes, a sealing segment made of rubber, a simple lever and a handle.
– Semi-automatic capsule filler machine
These machines are better than manually operated machines and are able to meet hygienic standards with sheer ease. Since, they are more user friendly they are costlier than manually operated machines.
– Fully automatic capsule filler machine
This is the best of all machine types and offer amazingly higher production capacities. They come with state-of-the-art features and are available in a number shapes and designs.
Adinath International is a distinguished capsule filling machine manufacturer based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. For more information related to capsule filling machines, feel free to get in touch with us.