Whatever the packaging requirement, chances are there’s a solution waiting at INTERPHEX, the annual pharmaceutical industry
trade show scheduled for April 23-25, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York. This year’s show is noteworthy for productivity
enhancements, anticounterfeiting technology, and quality control options.
On a single-rotary tablet press from Fette, the design of the compression stations, drive, turret, and tablet discharge cuts
changeover time and improves productivity. For example, turret removal requires no tools and takes only 15 minutes. In addition,
upper and lower compression rollers and pressure and position settings adjust automatically by means of commands from the
operator interface; operators do not need to make manual adjustments after a turret change. The turret also features a coded
tablet scraper and coded filling-cam detection as well as a central, multifunction connector for oil, air, and electricity.
Equipped with up to 51 stations, the system produces up to 367,000 tablets per hour. The rotor design also supports quick
changeover, maximizes yields, and minimizes product loss. The machine is clad in easily detached, FDA-certified, high-performance
polymer panels and offers 360-degree access.
Geometrically optimized surfaces and an integral vacuum system expedite cleaning. User-friendly operator interface provides
swift access to the machine’s most important functions via 12 pictogram buttons (FE35 Tablet Press, Fette Compacting America).
A high-performance liquid-filling machine from Cozzoli Machine combines a small footprint with peristaltic pump and single-use
technologies. Single-use elements eliminate cleaning, cut costs, hasten setup, and reduce waste. Designed for Class 100 cleanrooms,
the fillers rely on existing overhead laminar air flow and may be specified with two, four, six, or eight heads (VR2PP Series
liquid fillers, Cozzoli Machine).
A single-use filling system from Filamatic equips a benchtop filler, compatible with a piston, peristaltic, gear, or lobe
pump, with a peristaltic pump. In this configuration, fluid flows in a flexible tube fitted inside a circular pump casing.
Since the pumped fluid contacts only the inside surface of the disposable tubing, cleanup is quick and easy. The peristaltic
pump works best with moderate to large (50 mL to >1100 mL) fill volumes and achieves +/- 1% accuracy (AdaptaFil semiautomatic
benchtop filler, Filamatic).