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TES-A Series: 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.

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. 

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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