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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.