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3 Tips for Machine Upkeep

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3 Tips for Machine Upkeep

Getting the most out of your machine can have massive effects on your bottom line. Depreciation can really eat at profits so it’s good to be able to get the most out of your machine. Here are some tips for lengthening the life of your machine


1. Train your operators

Encapsulation equipment run by a well trained operator is the difference between jobs getting done on time, and not getting a job out the door because of unexpected down times from a crash that could have been prevented because someone didn’t know how to properly set an alignment on the machine. Make sure operators know how to run the machine, how to align the machine, and even if they aren’t doing full maintenance, how to identify where a problem may be occurring on the machine so if there is a problem, it can be resolved quickly to get operation started up again as quickly as possible.


2. Regular and proper cleaning

Even if you are running the same product, or aren’t doing change overs for different size capsules very often, there should be regularly scheduled teardowns and cleaning of areas that are in contact with product regularly, like the dosing station. Check our manuals for your machine to see our recommendation for your machinery and follow it. Dirty machines lead to increased likelihood of frequently moving parts to go bad, and cause damage somewhere on the machine.


3. Follow maintenance guidelines

There are lots of moving parts on a machine and they all need to be able to move freely and work correctly. Make sure you’re checking the movement on bearings, cleaning and re-greasing cams, the turret, or moving parts in a top cam. Make sure things below the table are tight, that there’s not excessive wear on cams, or that something isn’t out of time. Understanding and doing the long term maintenance, even if it costs a few days of production, can be the difference between your machine lasting just a few years to lasting 20 or more.


Outsourcing VS In House

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The production industry is full of options. There are so many decisions for a firm to make on their outsourcing versus their in house production. To help you decide, here are three points and benefits supporting in house production.

1. Versatility

When you start producing yourself, you are running the show and get to be in full control of processes and other things. You might be able to fine-tune processes to fit your unique product in a way that no one else can. You have lots of versatility.

2. Quality Control

In many instances, production outsourcing can lead to shortcuts being taken without your knowledge. You know your product and you know what it needs. When you are in control of quality assurance, you can make sure the important things get taken care of.

3. Quick Changes in Production Volume

Not all products have a long shelf life and managing production volume quickly can mean the difference between a surplus (and resulting price drops) or shortages which leave money on the table. The extra step of having to work through an outsourcing firm can create too much friction in your business in order to quickly react to market fluctuations and might affect your bottom line.  

Who Discovered the First Vitamins?

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Who Discovered the First Vitamins?

Have you ever wondering how the first vitamins were discovered? People have been consumer food for thousands of years for their medicinal benefits, but who discovered the vitamin properties in these foods?

Casimir Funk

Pinpointed only one responsible person is tricky, but in the early 20th, Casimir Funk set out to study human nutrition and its effect on health. He studied an epidemic called beriberi, a disease we now know as a thiamine deficiency. This disease was quite significant in its spread in Asia. Funk read an article by a scholar named Christiaan Eijkman, who named brown rice consumption as the deciding factor between those who fell ill to beriberi and those who did not.

Rice in Japan

This disease had been subject to much research in countries in Aisa. In Japan, the royalty ate only white rice because it was seen as a sign of prominence. The difference between brown and white rice is the hulling process. When rice is picked, it is first brown rice, and through a process the harder outer shell, where most of the rice’s nutritional benefit including thiamine, is housed. The hulled white rice lacks these essential nutrients that nobility could not find elsewhere.

In addition to the nobility in Japan, the Navy frequently used white rice, not brown rice due to its longer shelf life out at sea. The navy conducted experiments with different diets and they had hypothesized that protein deficiency was the culprit of beriberi and as a result, gave the sailors protein and thiamine-rich barley as opposed to the white rice. The sailors improved and the Navy attributed this change to increased protein. Future scientists, however, would discover otherwise.

“The Vitamins”

In the course of his study, Funk named the factor in brown rice that aided in protecting from illness as a “vitamin”. He had discovered the presence of vitamin B3 (Thiamine) in the brown rice and subsequently published his first English work “The Vitamins”.

Funk noted one could fight off beriberi by simply consuming thiamine enriched foods! He hypothesized that these vitamins could cure many diseases including scurvy. His works pioneered the business of supplements, which are now used in our TES capsule fillers and other capsule fillers around the world. With modern medicine, we can avoid such diseases as beriberi and scurvy by simply getting our vitamins.