The scourge of the flagging global economy has not prevented consumers from stocking
their medicine cabinets with vitamins and supplements. According to a report by market
research firm, BCC Research, this segment of the nutraceutical market is forecast to reach
more than $48 billion by 2013.
s the market grows into the That means the process takes longer and
new decade, supplement uses more coating solution.
manufacturers will face countless High-efficiency coaters have coating
operational decisions that may pans that are longer in length but smaller in
impact their ability to compete. Processing diameter. Because the spread of the tablet
efficiency is one of the most important bed is wider, there is no slow-moving zone.
production criteria for manufacturers, The tablets are in constant motion and
affecting time-to-market, budgets and enter the spray zone more often, resulting
product margins. To remain competitive, in higher efficiency and better uniformity.
they need to improve their tablet coating The smaller diameter pan also helps to
capabilities: to avoid wasting solids and prevent twinning — tablets sticking together
coating materials, to increase campaign in the tablet bed. These tablets must be
length and to produce more supplements sorted out and are often counted as rejects,
in less time. Yet, many nutraceutical affecting overall batch efficiency. When the
companies avoid new technology because tablet bed is thinner, in the narrow pan, the
of the upfront costs of capital equipment tablets stay in motion, preventing twinning.
purchases. However, new tablet coaters This is especially valuable for manufacturers
offer technical advantages that can lower creating supplements as elongated or
the cost per tablet, boost profit margins and flat tablets, which are more likely to stick
increase processing efficiency by up to 30%, together than round tablets.
yielding a significant ROI for manufacturers.
Eliminate Spray Drying
Tablet Pan Configuration Traditional tablet coaters send a flow of air
The tablet pan may seem like a basic from the top or side of the coater, across the
component of a coater, but its role in spray zone, through the tablet bed and out.
increasing the efficiency of nutraceutical However, bringing hot air into direct contact
campaigns is important. Different pan with the spray — as it is airborne — will dry