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TES-A Series: Dosing Station Changes

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TES-A Series: Dosing Station Changes

TES is always working to make things better for the customer. Better service, more options, better machines. This is part of a series of blog posts where we’re covering the improvements made to the TES Automatic Capsule Fillers for 2019. There’s an introduction to the new machines here, and a more in depth look at the Capsule Orientation Station changes over here. 

In this post, we’ll be focusing on the changes to the Dosing Station in particular. Let’s take a look, shall we? 

 

Tamping Head

The first major change is the tamping head. In previous models of the TES 1200 and 2000, the tamping head was machined out of one large piece of brass. We’ve come up with something better now: an aluminum tamping head with a brass insert. We made this change for two reasons in particular, both having to do with the weight of the part. 

The new tamping head. Lightweight and just as reliable.

First was the worry that it would be dropped. Older style tamping heads are large enough and weigh enough that if an operator needs to remove it, clean it, and put it back on the machine, that can prove to be difficult without bumping the part around some. Brass is soft enough that a drop from just a few feet up could damage a bore to the point that the head wouldn’t work afterwards.   

The second problem with extra weight has to do with movement. The heavier the head, the quicker it’s going to wear on the dosing cam and the dosing cam follower, and the more noise the machine is going to make. By keeping the tamping head heavy enough to form a good slug for your product, we keep the dosing station efficient. By lowering the weight to just what is necessary, we keep your maintenance costs down, and reduce noise. 

Dosing station: above and below.

Tamping Blocks

The second change this year are the tamping blocks themselves. These blocks hold springs and pins that press into the product to form a slug. The springs and pins used to be held into the blocks by a plate on the bottom of the block that had some screws in it. Now, the bolts are a lot longer and go through the top of the block to hold everything together. This is to prevent the chance of a bolt coming loose and falling into the bowl during operation if it’s not tightened down enough before running. 

Top view of the new tamping blocks.

On top of that, when you take out the plate, the tamping springs and caps are held in the block with a different plate on top of the block, so now you can get the pins out without having to re-set all the springs and caps as well. We found a lot of people were trying to save time by just submerging the entire block to clean them. The springs aren’t stainless, so they would rust and then tamping became inconsistent, and customers didn’t know why. You still can’t submerge these blocks, (please don’t.) but getting to the pins and getting them put back together is a lot easier, so you can clean the machine the right way, but not have to spend as much time doing so. 

Bottom of the new tamping block with pin plate removed.

So those are the major upgrades to the dosing station with the TES-A series machines. Check out our final blog post looking at major changes for 2019 next. We’ll go over the changes to underneath the table of the machine in that post. 

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TES-A Series: Orientation Case Changes

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TES-A Series: Orientation Case Changes

TES is always working to make things better for the customer. Better service, more options, better machines. This is part of a series of blog posts where we’re covering the improvements made to the TES Automatic Capsule Fillers for 2019. There’s an introduction to the new machines here. In this blog post, we’re going to take a bit deeper look into what we’ve done to the Capsule Orientation Station this year. 

Trip Cams

First, the trip cam is a tapered delrin plate now, rather than a roller. This should be easier to adjust and find the right spot to open up the magazine than the old method, and the plate will be easier to swap out when it eventually does start to wear. 

Horizontal Fork Mounting Block

The next major change we’ve made in the case is that the block that holds the horizontal forks is installed in a way that they come out a fixed distance now. Previously there were 2 C-blocks in the back of the case that adjusted vertical movement of the magazine and horizontal movement of the forks somewhat independently. Now the vertical still has adjustment, but the horizontal forks are locked into position better so you don’t have to fight getting them lined up with the vertical forks now. This should make changeovers easier for operators.


Bearings

The last major change to the orientation case this year is the bearing block in the back of the case. Previously this was where the C-blocks were for adjustment. They worked well, but required a few more adjustments to make work than the new block. The new block fixes the movement, so the horizontal forks don’t need to be adjusted. Over a longer period, the linear bearing block will hold up more than the C-block bearings did in the past. This will help the longevity of the machine’s life, and will require changing things out in the orientation case less often.

And that’s it for our overview of the changes to the orientation case this year! Next up will be some more details on the dosing station adjustments. 

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Introducing The New TES A-series Capsule Fillers

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Introducing The New TES A-Series Capsule Fillers

 

In this blog post, we will be introducing the new TES A-Series Capsule Fillers. At TES we’re always looking at ways to make our machinery more efficient, both from production capability to quality of life fixes to make the machine easier to maintain and run. In this post we’ll look at an overview of the bigger ones from this year’s model, and in the next few posts we’ll go into each of the changes with a little more detail. (Please note that the TES 1200 got the same changes this year with the new 1200A, but we’ll be focusing on the 2000A here to show them off.)

Introducing The New TES A-Series Capsule Fillers

 

Dosing Station

This year we’ve changed how the tamping blocks look, and the way that the tamping springs and pins are held in the block itself. This was to make tearing these down and changing pin sizes or cleaning them easier, and to help reduce the chance of a bolt falling into your bowl if it wasn’t tightened enough.

Introducing The New TES A-Series Capsule Fillers

Capsule Orientation Station

There are a lot of adjustments to make in the orientation station. Vertical forks / magazine height, how far the horizontal forks are pushing capsules out into the sorting block, aligning the magazine to the segments, and the vacuum shoes under the segments. This year we wanted to minimize some of the work in getting these to align by fixing some parts of them so you don’t have to worry about them as much.

Introducing The New TES A-Series Capsule Fillers

Main Shaft / Electrical Panel

The other major change this year is with the electrical panel and the cams for the main shaft. We moved the electrical panel to the side of the machine instead of the front, so you’ll be able to get to the cams quicker if you need to re-grease them, or check on wear, etc. Beyond that, the cams on the shaft are all enclosed now, as opposed to outer tracks on some of the smaller ones. This should keep  the movements smoother on them, so the machine runs quieter.

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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 3 tips for machine upkeep…

 

1. Train your operators

Encapsulation equipment ran by a well trained operator is highly important. It is the difference between jobs getting done on time, and not getting a job out the door. For example, because of unexpected down times from a crash that could have been prevented. Maybe because someone didn’t know how to properly set an alignment on the machine. Make sure operators know how to run the machine and how to align the machine. Even if they aren’t doing full maintenance, they should know how to identify where a problem may be occurring. Identifying the problem can get it 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.

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Outsourcing VS In House

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Outsourcing VS In House

What is outsourcing VS in house? 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.  

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Who Discovered the First Vitamins?

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Who Discovered the First Vitamins?

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

Casimir Funk

Pinpointing only one responsible person is tricky. In the early 20th century, Casimir Funk set out to study human nutrition and its effect on health. He often studied an epidemic called beriberi. For example, 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. Mr. Eijkman 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. Then, through a process, the harder outer shell is removed. This is where most of the rice’s nutritional benefit is housed. For example, thiamine. 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.

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