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Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 36, Issue 12

Fluid-bed system provides optimized granulation and drying



L.B. Bohle has extended its range of fluid bed systems with the introduction of the BFS 240. The system is equipped with eight tangential spray nozzles, that have been designed for direct injection to the product bed near the distributor bottom. This positioning prevents caking at the spray head and enables homogenous and fine spraying of the product. Dust-free suction and discharge of the product bowl is performed through the use of a patented, multifunctional valve directly above the distributor bottom. In addition, the design features a low number of gaskets, valves, and vents, which makes cleaning easier. The working volume of the system is up to 480 L, which is equivalent to a batch size of approximately 240 kg.

L.B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH
http://www.lbbohle.de/en/
Systems are available worldwide

Capsule filler with multiple dosing units is designed for small runs



MG America's FlexaLAB capsule filler, which can produce up to 3000 capsules per hour, is designed for research and development, clinical trials, and small-batch production. The FlexaLAB can function with either continuous or intermittent motion. Installing multiple dosing units allows the FlexaLAB to manufacture capsules with combinations of products. The machine can fill powders, pellets, microtablets, tablets, liquids, and certain low-dosage powder inhalants and can perform capsule-into-capsule functions. The machine includes a touch-screen panel and PLC for machine-functions control. Machine speed can be adjusted from the monitor.

MG America
http://www.mgamerica.com/
Capsule fillers are available in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico

Filter dryer agitator aids production processes



API manufacturers can perform efficient cake drying during filtration and separation processes with PSL's agitated nutsche filter dryers. The systems feature a series of sharp curved blades with spaces at different specific points of each arm. When being moved and lifted between the gaps within the filter dryer agitator, the product moves at a lower velocity and is swept by the second arm of the blade to achieve efficient mixing at different velocities. The curved blades can also penetrate difficult cakes without undue product stress. For high containment, glovebox isolators can be mounted on the side to provide safe product offloading, contained sampling, and total heel recovery for maximum product yield.

Powder Systems Ltd (PSL)
http://www.powdersystems.com/
Systems are available worldwide

Peristaltic pumps offer contamination-free pumping capabilities



Watson-Marlow's new Bp pump features Profibus networking to the well-known benefits of peristaltic pumping, making it easy and efficient for customers to integrate this seal-less, valveless pump technology into their Profibus control system. Compared with non-networked pumps, the Bp range features Profibus compatible units that reduce engineering, hardware and installation costs, as well as offer remote diagnostics to help minimize plant downtime and maintenance costs.

Watson-Marlow
http://www.watson-marlow.com/
Pumps are available worldwideb

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