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FEC40 Advanced
Technology

You may expect:

  • Product performance of up to 400,000 capsules per hour
  • Exchangeable filling stations
  • Innovative drive concept
  • TRI.EASY design
  • Separately adjustable process steps
  • Integrated switch cabinet
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Easy cleaning
  • 360° access
  • Integrated cooling and vacuum generation
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DOUBLE
OUTPUT

400,000 capsules per hour – a new benchmark for capsule filling

The FEC40 is the first machine by Fette Compacting with a production performance of up to 400,000 capsules per hour. The duplex concept enables two complete capsule filling processes on an unchanged floor space. Your production costs per 1000 capsules fall by up to 30 percent.


The filling process corresponds entirely to your established production standards.

Thanks to the machine's compact construction, you can double the capacity of your existing clean rooms with the FEC40.

The use of a pair of pellet stations on each side instead of the filling punch station is possible as an option.

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INTELLIGENT
DRIVES

Innovative drive concept – complete control of all process steps

The FEC40 is the first capsule filling machine in the world to be driven entirely by servo motors and torque motors. The intelligent control makes it possible for you to change process times independently of one another; the total throughput time is shortened, at no cost to quality. Depending on the products or the capsule size, it is possible to adjust the stroke of the filling punch stations and closing station while production continues to run.

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BEST IN
BATCH-TO-BATCH

TRI.EASY design – easy operation is the key to efficiency

The fully removable filling punch stations are a unique feature of the FEC40. This patented changeover method reduces refitting and servicing times to a minimum. Even when process equipment is connected, the four window flaps can be opened, ensuring 360° access. The process compartment of the FEC40 contains no cables or hoses, and is separated from the drive compartment.

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INTUITIVE USE

Fette Compacting HMI – optimum user guidance

The FEC40 is controlled through a newly developed human-machine interface (HMI) incorporating a 19" touchscreen and an integrated keyboard. The user interface follows the familiar logic of tablet presses from the FE series from Fette Compacting.

SCREEN1: The graphic and intuitive user guidance offers the user a complete overview at any time of the relevant process and quality parameters of the machine and of the connected process equipment.
SCREEN 2: All the necessary working procedures are visually displayed step-by-step as pictograms. Necessary checks of the filling levels and warning limits are signaled in color.
SCREEN 3: Capsule feeding and use can be adjusted individually. The integrated systems for controlling the capsule feed (Capsule Flow Control) and the capsule separation (Capsule Separation Control) guarantee you fault-free operation. Interactive operating instructions are stored in the HMI. Users can also create and save their own SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).
SCREEN 4: The tracks can be adjusted to match the product batch size. This is done automatically during production without manual intervention.
SCREEN 5: The tracks can be adjusted to match the product batch size. This is done automatically during production without manual intervention.
SCREEN 6: All the filling levels of the capsule and product containers are detected continuously in the course of production. All formulations, including the process parameters, are stored in the database of the FEC40 and can be called up at any time. An automatic check of the consistency of the inputs is provided by the formulation check.
SCREEN 7: The user can specify the number of unclosed capsules after which the machine should stop automatically. Information is also provided on which format parts (e.g. closing pins) are used.
SCREEN 8: The cleaning pulses required can be adjusted individually in the light of the nature of the product.
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PROCESS EQUIPMENT

The FEC40 offered by Fette Compacting achieves an output of up to 400,000 capsules per hour. This above-average output demands that upstream and downstream process equipment is suitably designed. Read here to find out how the process equipment keeps pace with this output and the requirements that need to be considered when transporting the capsules.

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Contact

Fette Engineering

Johann Van Evelghem
Business Development Manager
Fette Engineering
Grabauer Str. 24
21493 Schwarzenbek
Germany
Phone: +49 4151 12 903
JvanEvelghem@fette-engineering.com  

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The Story
of the FEC40

What do you expect from ...
... a next generation capsule filling machine? What do you expect in terms of performance and efficiency? How long can product changeover and cleaning last? What functions must this machine offer so that your operative can do optimum work?

These are exactly the things we asked ourselves in the development of the new FEC40. The team worked for more than three years on the development of the FEC40. Anyone who met the development team at the start of the project was reminded more of something from the start-up scene than of a traditional machine-construction company.

There was improvisation and tinkering. The best ideas were developed by both young and experienced colleagues working together.

The result is not only the first capsule filling machine from Fette Compacting, but is also the first one in the world with a production performance of up to 400,000 capsules per hour.

The FEC40 therefore offers a previously unheard of level of productivity, associated with a unique engineering concept and outstanding user-friendliness.

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A LOOK AT
THE CAPSULE MARKET

Prof. Dr. Sven Stegemann leads the Pharmaceutical Business Development Division at Capsugel. He is a doctor of Pharmacology, and holds the chair in Patient-Centered Medication Development and Manufacture at the Technical University of Graz in Austria. We asked him about the future of the capsule market.