Capsules for a wide variety of applications are one of Gador's special fields. Depending on the intended use of the capsules, the company with headquarters in Buenos Aires fills them with different media such as, for example, powders, micro-tablets and pellets. To this end, the company relies on the Modu-C from Harro Höfliger. A special feature of this capsule filling machine is the patented dosing trolley system: Each filling media has its separate mobile dosing station which is mounted on so-called trolleys. Depending on the media to be filled, the operators simply integrate the appropriate trolley. Their selection of different dosing stations enables Gador to flexibly switch between different capsule products on just one machine.
Rapid development with 3D printing
A new combination product – a capsule filled with three different types of individul tablets – posed special challenges for Harro Höfliger's expert. One thing was certain: Inside the machine, the individual tablet types shall fall into the open capsule from different buffers. They have to land neatly stacked in each capsule, and therefore must not rotate after dropping.
When developing this dosing station, the creative minds also relied on the in-house 3D printer. In record time, format parts were thus available for tests, during which a suitable solution emerged: The experts modified Gador's existing micro-tablet dosing station, adapted all format parts, integrated an additional tablet buffer – and achieved reliable dosing results for the extraordinary capsule.