Equipment selection for supplement production is not an exact science. There are many considerations, including rigorous quality and safety standards. Most of today’s equipment is capital intensive which shines a glaring light on the engineering team. Cleaning procedures and environmental controls are going to be much more sensitive in a facility that manufactures ready-to-drink beverages or confectionery products. The type of finished product, associated costs, and good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are always going to be at the top of the list but there are other key considerations.
Sifting, Milling, and Weighing
Anomalies typically find their way into raw materials and hard to find botanical items. Screening equipment is helpful when processing this material, especially if it oscillates. GMPs require foreign particles to be removed from raw and naturally sourced materials before processing anyway. Milling equipment also helps when blending different-sized particles from raw materials. The combination of reliable milling and oscillating screening equipment promotes content uniformity in the finished product while reducing waste. It’s a win, win. Since you must verify accuracy against known weights to meet GMPs, equipment that can produce weigh tickets is preferred.
Blending and Material Handling
Blenders are perhaps some of the most important equipment considerations because size and capacity aren’t the only variables. There are many different types of blenders and operating range dictates batch size. While every industry has its own preference type, that may not make the most financial sense for you. Be sure to research extensively and consult with your team before deciding on a blender. Material handling is an often overlooked aspect of the manufacturing process but a critical one. You’ve got to get your materials to and from the blender, and every other step in the process, while protecting them from contamination. While there are multiple technologies to consider, some require more maintenance than others which can significantly slow the process and impede production.
Manufacturing facilities are high volume/output and packaging is part of marketing. The packaging must be attractive, protect the product, and ensure adequate shelf-life. Product degradation varies due to packaging and environmental factors. Consider automated stuffers to reduce breakage and dusting, thereby reducing waste. You’ll also want the packaging to be tamper-evident. Don’t forget, you’ll also need to utilize metal detection or x-ray technology to ensure the integrity of the finished product. Extensive planning, maintenance, and careful detail are necessary to produce a high-quality product at high volume. When you’re ready to purchase supplement production equipment or upgrade the machinery you have, partner with AMP-USA. We are the industry’s leading production and packaging supply company for pharmaceutical products. Browse the best pharma machinery in America at AMP-USA.