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 some tips for lengthening the life of your machine


1. Train your operators

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


Outsourcing VS In House

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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.  

Who Discovered the First Vitamins?

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Who Discovered the First Vitamins?

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

Casimir Funk

Pinpointed only one responsible person is tricky, but in the early 20th, Casimir Funk set out to study human nutrition and its effect on health. He studied an epidemic called beriberi, 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, who 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, and through a process the harder outer shell, where most of the rice’s nutritional benefit including thiamine, is housed. 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.

The ABC’s of Encapsulating Machines

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The ABC’s of Encapsulating Machines

The pharmaceutical industry has come a really long way. In the beginning, pioneer pharmacists had to mix dry plants with other different components, creating innovative and useful formulas. However, they had problems trying to find an efficient and affordable way to properly distribute their products.

Nowadays, we have encapsulation machines which have become are fundamentals for the pharmaceutical industry. They are responsible for developing thousands of capsules per hour, treating a wide range of different medical conditions.

But, have you ever wondered how they are made?

In this article, we will go through the manufacturing process of these powerful machines. If we want to understand these incredible machines, it is important to address two different types of encapsulating methods.

Gel encapsulation machines (Soft Capsules):

In 1833, Mothes and Dublanc patented this incredible design. They found the way to produce single compound pieces sealed with an external gel layer that worked perfectly to preserve the internal characteristics of their compounds. Mothes and Dublanc used a series of trays with exact measures. For instance, they could control different kinds of doses according to the different medical conditions and its particular treatment.

At first, this was a very artisanal process but later revolutionized the way companies could process medicine in bulk with low manufacture costs. The main benefit of soft capsules is their ability to hold liquid supplements. Consequently, they are incredibly effective at comprising potent drugs, where the dose is <100 µg002E. Nowadays, these encapsulating machines can produce up to 15,000 capsules per hour.

Two-piece gel encapsulation (Hard capsules):

In 1847, James Murdock invented the two-piece encapsulation method. This involves filling a soluble containing plastic part with medical components in the form of powder or pellets, through a process of Extrusion and Spheronization. Then, the capsule is closed by placing the second containing a soluble part, sealing its content. The encapsulating machines operating with this process are preferred by many pharmaceutical companies due to its cost/benefit ratio. These machines also produce very low waste and are easy to operate.

The components found in this kind of capsule might range from active ingredients, binders, disintegrants, fillers, glidant, and preservatives. Some of the most proficient two-piece encapsulation machines can manufacture up to 120,000 capsules per hour.

TES Equipment Suppliers

It is important to know that it all comes down to the shape of the components you want to capsulize. The materials employed on the machine, doses, and its specifications will vary greatly on the result you want to obtain. If you want to know more about encapsulating machines and its purposes, give us a call and we’ll talk about what we can do for you.

The Incredible Power of Encapsulating Machines

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The Incredible Power of Encapsulating Machines

Health is wealth! Life only has meaning when you have a healthy body and a healthy mind. This is why the fields of medical and health sciences have been taken very seriously over time. These days, there has been a lot of attraction and patronage of herbal supplements by our generation. The importance of herbal supplements cannot be overemphasized. Because of the inadequacy of nutrients in our food, that is to say, because our foods fail to provide us with all of the nutrients that our bodies need, food supplements have become very popular.

Most times, food supplements come in various forms and styles ranging from syrups, tablets and cases capsules. Capsules are the most attractive forms of medication today. And so in a bid to make food supplements more attractive, there is the increasing need to encapsulate food supplements. That is to say, producing the supplements in capsule form.

TES is a brand that has come alive to help you achieve a very nice finish for your supplements.

Our vision

We believe in building a society where health is prioritized and placed above every other phenomenon. In doing that, we are helping provide food supplements to all members of the society, and at the same time, giving out these supplements in a fine attractive capsule that will be easy to patronize and easy to enjoy by all members if the society and the public at large. At TES, we are founded on warranty and focused on service.

Our machines

To ensure adequate encapsulating of food supplements, we are employing the best of standards. With state of the art machines, our capsule fillers provide a fine finishing for herbal supplements to all. We also provide state of the art inspection tables, mixers, polishers, and more.

Your success is important to us. Your business success is our success. That is why we are willing to provide you with superior machines that will give you the best result, a beautiful looking capsule for your herb supplement at the end of the process. Because we know that you’re the way your product looks, reflects back on your company. To get a beautiful looking capsule every time. We do not just provide you with the machines. We go the extra mile by providing you with a range of professionals who can perform onsite training and answer questions whenever you need it, to help maximize your efficiency.

5 Reasons Why Most Companies Are Switching From Tablets to Capsules For Their Dietary Supplements

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5 Reasons Why Most Companies Are Switching From Tablets to Capsules For Their Dietary Supplements

Are you creating a dietary supplement to help people with their health? Then choosing the right delivery system is important to help maximize the benefits the user is getting out of your product. This is is why most dietary supplement companies are turning to capsules to enclose their products instead of tablets. Here are some of the benefits capsules have, that tablets do not.


  1. Easier to Swallow:

    When making a dietary supplement for consumers, it is important to make that supplement easy for the consumer to take. Swallowing large pills is a concern that most consumers have. Putting your product into a capsule makes the pill smaller and easier to slide down the consumer’s throat.


  1. No Order or After Taste:

    One big benefit of a capsule is there is no odor or smell when the capsule touches your tongue. This again makes it easier for the consumer to take and increases the likelihood of the consumer continuing to take your product.


  1. Breaks Down Quicker:

    This is the main benefit the capsule has. Most people had a hard time digesting supplement, so having a product that breaks down fast is important if you want the consumer to absorb the benefits of your product. It only takes 15-30 minutes for a capsule to break down, verse a tablet taking 2-3 hours to break down.  


  1. Can Be Opened Up:

    Having a supplement that can be opened up and the content poured into a drink or food, is a huge benefit for consumers or small children that do not like or cannot swallow pills.


  1. Seal Help Block Oxygenation:

    Capsules are sealed and therefore, prevent the contents inside from being exposed to oxygen. This is important when trying to keep your ingredients fresh and potent.


These are just some of the many benefits that capsules have for a dietary supplement. So let us know what you think. Do you prefer capsules or tablets when creating your products?