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VF1 Vibratory Feeder

3P has developed a compact and highly cost-effective Vibratory Feeder to help customers handle, dose and dispense powders more effectively in the lab and clinical environments. 

Bringing a touch of powder-filling professionalism to the lab environment, the module enables customers to dose and fill vials, capsules, cartridges, syringes and devices more quickly, with increased precision and without those annoying spills of powder, so reducing waste in the process.

The feeder controls allow the user to adjust and optimise vibration levels in order to control feed rate and to suit the particular properties of their powder.

Benefits summary:

  • Increase lab productivity 
  • Improve fill accuracy
  • Eliminate spills
  • Adjustable flow rate
  • Gentle powder handling
  • No powder compaction
  • Sterile construction
  • Compact and versatile
  • Integrates with lab balance or high-speed weigh cell

How the VF1 adds value:

  • Spill Free

The VF1 Vibratory Feeder eliminates the need for spatulas and reduces the risk of spills. Simply press a button and fill precisely and directly into your capsule, syringe, container or process. Release to stop filling.

  • Scalable

The VF1 Vibratory Feeder clinically proves a filling methodology which can be scaled up later in a semi-automated or fully automated production machine. It can also be scaled using 3P’s Fill2Weight system.

  • Variable Flow Rates

The VF1 Vibratory Feeder provides variable flow rates to strike the perfect balance between speed and accuracy. This is achieved through independent control of both the nozzle and feeder vibration settings.

  • Flexible Fill Position

The VF1 Vibratory Feeder is fully adjustable, enabling dispensing at an optimum height to prevent particles becoming airborne and contaminating the container sealing surfaces.

  • Full GMP, Sterile Design

The VF1 Vibratory Feeder system is very mobile and can easily be located in an existing isolator or other containment solution. Its fully sterile, GMP compliant design supports clinical and commercial manufacturing. It is suitable for sterilisation, autoclaving and HPV cycles.

  • Flexible Weighing Options

The VF1 Vibratory Feeder is designed to use a range of free-standing lab balance or can be integrated with a high-speed weigh cell to increase throughput and weighing resolution.

  • Ionisation and Gas Feed Integration

The VF1 Vibratory Feeder can integrate an optional nitrogen purge to remove oxygen from the filling nozzle area. Highly static powders and/or containers can be managed using an optional ionisation system.

  • Customised Design Options

3P can provide custom tooling for container handling, system mounting and alterative nozzle designs.

                                                                    TECHNICAL DETAILS
Dose Accuracy (manual) ±1mg dependent upon flow rate, environment and weigh technology
Speed

With a 0.5g/cc free-flowing powder

25mg ± 4.0% : 7.5 cpm

300mg ± 2.5% : 5.0 cpm

Powder Types / Capability Free-flowing and semi-cohesive
(3P’s Fill2Weight system is recommended for cohesive powders)
Compaction 0%, ideal for inhalation and reconstitution applications
Supplies Electrical: 100-230V [email protected] 1A (13A fuse)
Standard Items Vibratory feeder
Vibration controller
Dose button
3 standard nozzles (20mm, 30mm and 40mm long with 3.2mm internal dia.) with alternative designs available
Long-reach cable set
Ionisation (optional) Haug one point ionization system to manage static—compatible with either nitrogen or clean air supply
Nitrogen Purge (optional) Nitrogen purge for nozzle area—typically 0.1 - 0.2 l/min
Typical Container Types Capsules, vials, cartridges, syringes, inhalers, blisters, devices

 

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