MG America TEKNA Capsule Filler
MG America, the U.S. subsidiary of MG2 of Bologna, Italy, introduced a next-generation rotary capsule filler. The TEKNA Capsule Filler is a hybrid of sorts, combining a sampling of best-in-class technologies from previous MG2 capsule fillers in one state-of-the-art solution. TEKNA is designed for powder dosing both low-dose (4-40mg) and standard powder filling ranges, and produces up to 70,000 capsules per hour (up to 140,000 per hour via upgrades).
The TEKNA capsule filler features a "no capsule-no dosage" concept whereby the machine cancels the dose of a specific dosator if a capsule is missing. This serves to reduce product loss during both start-up and production, and also avoids the dispersion of powder in the dosing area and surrounding environment. The offering also minimizes machine prep time. All of the machine's motorization and lubrication devices are located in the lower section of the machine, meaning the production area is completely separated from the technical zone.
The new capsule filler also comes standard with MultiNETT, the most accurate weight control system on the market. MultiNETT is a 100% on board net weight control system that monitors and reports the net weight of each dosed capsule. The system employs capacitive tomography to guarantee accuracy and precision, regardless of variables such as the position or quantity of product inside a capsule. The system rejects all capsules it deems out of specification.
In addition, MultiNETT's continuous and precise measuring of dosages optimizes production by monitoring the process indexes in order to identify possible improvements. If necessary, MultiNETT self-adjusts the dosing chamber to keep the process in line with the required parameters. Moreover, the analysis of data supplied by MultiNETT identifies – in real time and without production interruption – the dosators requiring a check, in order to optimize batch quality.
The TEKNA capsule filler is offered in containment levels up to OEB 5 / OEL 5. Optional Wet-in-Place, Wash-in-Place and Clean-in-Place functions also are available.