Material Handling for an OSD line meeting GMP requirements

OSD lines offer challenges that need intelligent solutions.

Right from handling powder at the warehouse from FIBC bags or Drums through the entire OSD line, you need customised solutions that have been designed for your drums, bag.

Powder characteristics have to be well understood and must be well integrated with your OSD process equipment’s design to ensure unhindered powder flow.

Automed with over 20 years of experience of working with OSD manufacturers offers you material handling solutions that can provide contained, aseptic material handling, without compromising user experience and throughput.

Automed designed solutions aid lifting of bins, drums and bags, manage powder dust, offer ergonomic automation to manage dust exposure and operators safety.

Loading & Un-Loading of Roller Compactor

Using roller compactors is a common method for dry granulation. This process requires that powder is filled into the feed hopper of the roller compactor and then the compacted product is often discharged into a bin or drum below the processing unit. This process introduces many ergonomic and dust exposure hazards. AUTOMED offers multiple handling packages for addressing both the handling and the containment of powder.

Product sizing and milling

Product sizing and milling is a frequent process in the manufacturing process. This often requires drum to be emptied into the infeed chute of the mill, and then the powder is collected in a receiving drum.

This process is labor-intensive and can create high levels of airborne dust, often exceeding the protection factor of operator PPE.

AUTOMED has many options to improve both the safety and speed of this process.

Unloading of Large FBD Bowl

Fluid Bed Drying technology is a common method for the wet granulation process.

Unloading the large fluid bed dryer bowl can introduce many material handling challenges.

AUTOMED offers containment and material handling solutions for emptying the fluid bed dryer bowl.

The AUTOMED Bowl Inverter can lift and invert the large fluid bed dryer bowl. The connection flange is customized to fit a wide variety of bowl designs and uses an inflatable seal to ensure a proper dust-tight connection. The Mobile dust extraction ring can be used to provide local dust extraction around the funnel discharge.

Charging of High-Shear Granulator

High shear granulators are a common method used in the wet granulation process. These systems introduce many ergonomic and dust exposure hazards associated with both filling the bowl as well as scraping and removing the contents. AUTOMED offers material handling and containment solutions for both processes.

Loading of Compression Machine

Tablet Compression is one of the final steps of the manufacturing process and requires the final blended powder to be transferred into the table press. Preventing product segregation, providing a consistent product feed-rate, and managing dust control are all common challenges with this process. AUTOMED offers several material handling packages for this process.

Charging of Encapsulation Machine

Encapsulation is one of the final steps of the manufacturing process and requires the final blended powder to be transferred into the encapsulation machine

AUTOMED offers several material handling packages for this process.

Filling of Tablet Packing Machine

Tablet packaging requires gentle handling of tablets as they are introduced into the packaging machine fill hopper.

AUTOMED offers a Drum Inverter solution that places the drum of tablets over the fill hopper to allow a flood feed of tablets.

This system is supplied with a tablet-friendly control valve to control the flow of tablets into the hopper.

Depending on how dusty the tablets are, a Mobile dust extraction ring can be used to provide local dust extraction to improve containment for this process.

Loading of Tablet Coater

If the tablets are stored in bins or IBCs, these must be elevated and position above the coater opening.

A transfer chute must then be positioned under the bin to guide the tablets into the coater pan

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Loading of Tablet Printing Machine

Tablet printing requires gentle handling of tablets as they are introduced into the printing machine fill hopper.

AUTOMED offers a Drum Inverter solution that places the drum of tablets over the fill hopper to allow a flood feed of tablets. This system is supplied with a tablet-friendly control valve to control the flow of tablets into the hopper.

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