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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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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 changes in this year’s model. Then, 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 makes tearing these down and changing pin sizes or cleaning them easier. It also helps 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 in place 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. This means re-greasing them or checking on wear should be easier now. 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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