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TES FAQs: TES 5 Video Guides Index

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Here at TES, we want you to be able to keep your machines up and running at optimal efficiency all the time. We have several text guides, but we also make video tutorials where we can. This is a list of our TES 5 video guides, and will be updated whenever we add more to it. You can also find these guides on our YouTube channel, or over in our support section, along with manuals, electrical diagrams, and parts lists for our machinery. 

TES 5 Air Regulator Guide

This video is a quick overview of what each of the air regulators are hooked up to and when to adjust each if you need.

TES 5 Capsule Orientation Alignment Guide

This video covers aligning your capsule ring to your sorting block. Check it out if your capsules aren’t feeding into your capsule rings very well.

TES 5 Capsule Orientation Alignment Guide (2017 and 2018 models)

This one is the same idea as the above video, but for older machines that have a ratchet pawl system.

TES 5 Changeover Guide

This video covers changing from one size of capsules to another, and all the adjustments to take into account.

TES 5 Closing Station Alignment Guide

This one goes over adjusting the height on the closing station, as well as making sure the closing station tray is leveled. Check this out if you’re having issues closing your capsules, or if they’re getting dimpled or dented upon closing.

TES 5 Controls and Basic Overview

This video covers every button and adjustment on the front panel of the machine, as well as shows the standard method of operation for one or two capsule rings at a time.

 

If you have any requests for more video guides, contact us here. We want to have a wide variety of content to help you, your operators, and your maintenance crew keep everything running smoothly.

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July 15, 2020: Initial list with Changeover Guide, 2 Capsule Orientation Alignment Guides, and the Closing Station Alignment Guide.

July 27, 2020: Added Air Regulator Guide.

Aug. 3, 2020: Added Controls and Basic Overview video.

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TES FAQs: Why Aren’t My Capsules Separating? – Part 2

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Automatic encapsulators are wonderful machines that can produce amazing results, but sometimes the initial learning curve of operation and maintenance can be daunting. We at TES want you to be able to keep your machines up and running at optimal efficiency all the time. In line with that, we want to provide you with answers to the most common questions we get. The first of these is “Why aren’t my capsules separating?” This can be caused by a number of reasons. All are very straightforward, but it’s good to have a checklist to make sure you’re not missing anything. Note: This is the second half of the list, the first section is located here.

Magazine and Sorting Forks

The third thing to check is the magazine, and sorting forks. The magazine should come as close to the sorting block as possible to guide the capsules into the segments. If this is too high your capsules might not be rotating enough before the vacuum tries to pull them down, so some miss, and if it’s too low, you’re actually damaging your magazine, and potentially misaligning parts every rotation of the machine when it hits the sorting block. The sorting forks need to be centered, both the horizontal and vertical ones. You want to make sure that your vertical fork is hitting the spot on the capsule where the top and bottom meet. Otherwise they won’t rotate correctly. The only exception to this is if you are running an elongated capsule, where you may have to have the capsule push out a bit past that point. 

Magainze and Sorting Block Side View - Capsule Separation

Vacuum Shoes

And for the fourth and final common machine adjustment we see that you can take a look at is the vacuum shoe assembly. This one varies a bit more machine to machine, but the idea is the same: Make sure you have a good seal on the bottom of the segment, and make sure the shoes and their vacuum lines are clean. Newer model machines (The TES 1200A and 2000A for example) don’t have as much adjustment here, so the seal should be set. On those you just want to make sure that the holes don’t have powder built up in them, so you’re getting the most out of your vacuum pump that you can. 

 

For older machines, you should check the powder buildup as well. Beyond that there were more adjustment options with the motion shafts below the vacuum shoe. In those models (ZJT series or ACF series of machines), you want to make sure that the shoes 1: have some movement to them. They need to be able to wiggle just a tiny bit to sit up against the bottom of the segment as flush as they can. We usually set our shoes up to go as tight as possible so they stop moving, then move the lock nut about ¼ of a rotation back to let it wiggle just a bit. On top of that you need to make sure that the timing is correct. The vacuum shoe should come up right when the segment reaches its position below the magazine. If it comes up too early the segment could hit the side of the shoe and damage it, and if it’s too late, you don’t get the suction for a long enough time to separate the capsules. 

Bad or Old Capsules

Finally, there’s a problem we see sometimes that isn’t related to the machine itself, and that’s just the fact that sometimes you have capsules that won’t separate. Usually this is a climate control issue. Here in Utah we don’t get too much humidity, but for some customers, humidity ruins capsules very easily. If they’re moist, they stick and won’t separate. Alternatively, if your capsules are stored in a location that’s too dry for too long, they become brittle and crack rather than separate nicely. If you’re seeing these issues, see how old your box of capsules is and try a new one. 

Empty Gelatin CapsulesOther than climate and age, if your capsule boxes aren’t handled properly, you can cause the last few in a box to not separate well by locking the capsules. Capsules come in a pre-locked state that keeps the top and bottom together, but makes them easy to separate. If operators or delivery personnel are dropping the box of capsules from a few feet in the air, the impact can make some of the capsules in the box press together and lock up, so that they can’t separate easily with vacuum. Just make sure you’re setting things down easily when moving capsules around to minimize this, and if you’re seeing capsules not separate and you’ve checked everything else on the machine, try a fresh box to see if it helps. 

Check out the first TES FAQs post here that goes into more detail about why your capsules might not be separating. It covers vacuum pressure and proper segment alignment and cleaning.

 

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TES FAQs: Why Aren’t My Capsules Separating? – Part 1

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Automatic encapsulators are wonderful machines that can produce amazing results, but sometimes the initial learning curve of operation and maintenance can be daunting. We at TES want you to be able to keep your machines up and running at optimal efficiency all the time. In line with that, we want to provide you with answers to the most common questions we get. This post and it’s follow up will cover “Why aren’t my capsules separating?” This can be caused by a number of reasons. All are very straightforward, but it’s good to have a checklist to make sure you’re not missing anything. Note: This is the first half of the list, the second section is located here.

 Vacuum Pressure

The first reason for this we often see is simply vacuum pressure. If you see the capsules line up well in the magazine and segments and they drop fine, but don’t separate, your pressure may be too low. (Alternatively if it’s too high, you’ll see the tops of the capsules ‘bounce’ out of the upper segment, which is another issue) The vacuum systems we send with our machines have choke off and breather valves to adjust how much air is moving through your vacuum lines and how much pressure that air has. Adjust those until you’re seeing the bottom halves of the capsules get pulled away from the tops. 

Breather and Choke off valve for vacuum line and separating capsules

Segment Alignment / Cleaning

The second thing we see frequently is that the segments aren’t aligned correctly or are dirty. Sometimes people go on autopilot for various alignments and miss something. Make sure your segments are aligned, leveled properly, the gap in-between the top and the bottom segments is correct, and that they are sufficiently clean.

The segment alignment pins aren’t the only adjustment. If the top and bottom segments aren’t parallel, you will have problems. You should have a leveling block or a set of parallels in your toolbox to correct this. (Note some newer machines won’t have this adjustment, as the segment carriers are fixed, one less thing for you to check!) Lastly, the gap between the top and bottom should be close to .020”. Check this at any station where they are pressed together, like the orientation, closing, ejection, etc. Lastly, use a segment cleaning brush to clean out dust, bits of capsules, etc, from the segment bores. Make sure if you are setting a machine up after a tear down that these were cleaned well. Sometimes they get rinsed out, and a chunk of gelatin gets stuck to a segment wall. 

Capsule Segments

Check out the follow up TES FAQs post here that goes into more detail about why your capsules might not be separating. It covers the magazine alignment, vacuum shoes, and lastly when to consider trying new capsules.

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TES 5 Semi Automatic Capsule Filler Overview

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TES offers a wide range of machinery for our customers in order to fit their needs. From multi-million capsule runs to smaller batches, TES has equipment for each job. On the side of smaller scale jobs and newer businesses starting out, we offer the TES 5, our semi-automatic encapsulator. We make changes and upgrades to our machines year by year to keep up with your needs, and to make your business as efficient as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the features the TES 5 has to make your operators jobs easier. 

Capsule Feeding Station

TES 5 Capsule Filling Station

First, the TES 5 features a smooth rotation system for capsule feeding. In previous models we used a ratchet pawl with a gear with set stops. This worked well, but adjusting the ratchet blade to work perfectly took a bit of time to get right in training, and by the time customers had to do it again when the blade wore down some, they lost more time than needed because the adjustment wasn’t as simple as it could have been. The new system is a continual rotation of the capsule ring, timed to be in line with the magazine. Timing it the first time is simpler, and with no ratchet blade dragging against the gear, you shouldn’t have to re-time as frequently since there’s no real wear part now. 

Dosing Station

TES 5 Dosing StationAfter your capsule ring is full and the capsules have separated, next up is the dosing station. The TES 5 uses a fairly straightforward system. An auger presses the powder into the capsules, and the dose is controlled by the speed of the capsule ring rotation as well as the speed of the auger itself. More weight is gained by slowing down the rotation speed  and/or speeding up the auger itself. Less weight with the opposite. The speed dials are marked so you can set SOPs for individual products or capsule sizes as needed.

Closing and Ejection Station

TES 5 Closing / Ejection StationThe final component is the closing and ejection station. Simply put your capsule ring on the closing station pin ring, lock it in place, push the drawer in, wait for the capsules to be closed, then pull the drawer back out, and rotate the entire station to drop your capsules into the bin below. This station hasn’t changed much over the years, since it’s already worked so well. The TES 5 has only really added some more protection to the shafts and bearings involved in the process so they don’t get dirty as easily.

 

The TES 5 Semi Automatic Encapsulator is the perfect machine for smaller jobs or starting out in encapsulation production. It’s simple to operate, and comes with 3 days of training and setup at your facility to get you up and running. If you want to find out more or get a quote from us contact us here.

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What Size and Type of Capsule Should I Use?

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   When encapsulating products, there are several factors to consider, from machinery to formulation. Two of the most common questions are simply: “What size and type of capsule should I use?” 

What Capsule Size Should I Use?

   First, we’ll go into the size of the capsule. This will vary from product to product based on the density of your formula, how well it flows, if it makes a good slug in the dosing station, etc.. Ultimately you’ll want to test before settling on a capsule size for a product. This is especially true if the amount needed sits in the middle of two capsule sizes.

   In order to determine what capsule size you need, we recommend using a slug tester. TES has these and can recommend a capsule size for the requested dose. Ask our salesmen about that when browsing machinery. Beyond that, many of the capsule vendor reps have slug testers as well, so feel free to check with them as well. 

  Lastly, if you’re in the planning stages of starting to produce and want a rough estimate on what will work, here’s a chart of average amounts of product we’ve found fit into capsules. Sizes listed are those supported by TES machines.

Capsule Size 00 0 1 2 3
Average Capacity (mg) 735 500 400 300 200

What Size and Type of Capsule Should I Use?

Gelatin or Veggie Capsules?

   Next, let’s look at the primary differences in gelatin and vegetarian, or veggie, capsules from a manufacturer’s point of view. 

   Gelatin capsules have been the standard for a long time, and are made from gelatin and water. It’s the same material in Jell-O. Because they’re more common, these capsules are typically cheaper than Veggie options, and get the job done. 

   Veggie capsules are becoming more widely used to cater to consumers that are vegetarian or vegan. This is because there’s no animal byproduct in them, as opposed to the gelatin caps. It doesn’t matter as much for powered products, but it is notable that veggie caps are also able to hold more gel-like products without breaking down. (Full liquids require capsules specifically made for those materials)

   In short, for powder manufacturing, unless you expect a large vegan consumer base of your product, for the most part the type doesn’t matter. Brand to brand you may have preferences, as those can be more specific once you get them on machines, but gelatin to veggie doesn’t affect the actual encapsulation process much at all. 

I hope this helps answer your question about “What size and type of capsule should I use?”

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Natural Products Expo West 2020 in Anaheim

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TES Equipment Supplier is visiting the Natural Products Expo West 2020 in Anaheim, CA from March 4th to March 8th! Don’t miss it! This is going to be amazing! We will be walking the show floor, so make sure you come to say hi! Don’t be a stranger! Ask us about how we can help you and your company with some new or used equipment! That’s right, we have New and Used equipment!! You can also call us via our support team back in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about our equipment, how it works, or if you need a quote, call us at (801)-225-7040 ext 2. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim at the Natural Products Expo West! Please drive safely out there and remember, you can add your company purchases to your taxes. Ask one of our team members how!

 

For more information about the show and what it entails, visit https://www.expowest.com/en/home.html

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Supply Side West 2019 in Las Vegas

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TES Equipment Supplier will be exhibiting at the Supply Side West 2019 show in Las Vegas, NV on October 17th and 18th! We are going to be in booth #4820 so don’t miss out on this amazing event! Come and say hi to us and see how we can help you with your encapsulation and packaging equipment needs. We have old and new equipment that we can offer you no matter what your budget is!

 

Also, feel free to contact us in advance if you have any questions about our equipment. We also finance and offer amazing tax breaks. For more information just give us a call at (801)-225-7040 ext 2. To learn more about TES Equipment Supplier, you can click here to read our About Us page.

 

For more information on the Supply Side West show or it’s location visit this website at https://west.supplysideshow.com/en/home.html

 

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Bottom of the Machine Changes

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TES-A Series: Bottom of the Machine 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, a more in depth look at the Capsule Orientation Station changes over here, and the Dosing Station changes can be seen here. We hope to have covered all the bottom of the machine changes.

This final post talking about the new features of the TES Automatic Capsule fillers will talk about a few changes we made to the machine underneath the table.

Electrical Panel

Electrical Panel on the TES 2000 A

This year we decided to move the electrical panel to the side of the machine. Most of the time when you need to get to the main shaft, you need to get to it from the front or back of the machine. The back has a smaller door to make room for vacuum and power hookups, so the front is the best place, but getting into it required moving the electrical panel, which is fine until you need to quickly check something, close up the bottom, and then get back to running. It just adds some extra steps and time, so now you can get into the front much more quickly.

Main Shaft

Fully enclosed cams on a TES 2000 A = a quieter machine

On the main shaft, we changed out some of the cams. Previously, smaller cams were open-style cams. These work fine for stations that need a smaller cam follower, or smaller machines. We changed them to reduce noise and to further minimize shaking that occurs with normal machine operation. This is mostly a quality of life type feature rather than one that improves functionality of the machine.

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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. 

TES 2000-A new dosing station tamping head

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. 

TES 2000-A Dosing Station side view

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. 

TES 2000-A Tamping block top view

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. 

TES 2000-A Tamping Block Bottom View

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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