Catalent Pharma, a supplier of drug-delivery technology, purchased Isopak's Minicap 100 semiautomatic capsule filling machine for a special project for a customer who needed trials of DB capsules
Versatile machines are vital in the pharmaceutical industry so when a leading provider of services in the sector required a top-quality unit to handle capsules for double blind trials, it turned to Isopak, the sole UK distributor of equipment from Italian-based Dott Bonapace.
Both the Minicap 100 and its sister machine, the Minicap 50, are used in hospitals, research and development laboratories, for clinical trials and small batch output.
The Minicap 100 is capable of an output of 2500 capsules per hour and is the first choice for many companies wanting a cost effective, well made machine suitable for small runs.
The Minicap 100 is said to be ideal for coping with the short, chunkier type of capsules involved in the trials the American-owned company is carrying out at Catalent's Bolton site in Lancashire, UK.
It has both an orientator and filler on a common base for ease of bench top mounting and movement.
It can handle all the conventional sizes of capsules, both hard gelatine and HPMC, in sizes from 00 to 4, and also size 000 and DB capsules in special execution.
Semiautomatic operation makes the machines suitable for handling difficult powders and products which do not flow easily, such as in herbal, homeopathic, nutritional and natural product industries.
Robin Davies, Isopak's managing director, said: "More and more companies are looking for capsule filling specific to their application.
"And the Minicap 100 is the only machine available that offers high versatility at a low price".
Isopak's machines include tablet presses, blistering units, capsule processing and filling - all suitable for a wide range of applications.