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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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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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