GB Innomech has designed, developed and is now manufacturing an automated benchtop system for precision powder dispensing.
GB Innomech has designed and developed a new automated benchtop system for precision powder dispensing. Innomech is now manufacturing the system, known as the Xcelolab powder dispenser for its client, Capsugel, which is described as a global leader in providing innovative dosage forms to the pharmaceutical and related healthcare industries. The Xcelolab dispenser utilises Capsugel's patented 'pepper pot' technology and has been specifically developed for laboratory scientists who need a fast, reproducible and precise way to dispense a variety of powders.
The Xcelolab powder dispenser is designed to be versatile and easy to use for routine powder dispensing tasks. It is suitable for repeatedly weighing small amounts of any type of powder or for use when the amounts of powder are too small to be dosed accurately by conventional techniques. Using a simple touchscreen display, users can quickly dispense weights as low as 100ug and up to 220g by accessing a range of manual and automated dispensing operations. The system works with interchangeable weighing balances, making it easy to dispense into a variety of receptacles, including capsules, syringes and beakers.
David Edwards, Director of Pharmaceutical Technology at Capsugel, comments: "Innomech was a natural choice to help Capsugel develop our benchtop dispenser, since they already build, install and support multiple Xcelodose precision powder micro-dosing systems for us globally. The new Xcelolab dispenser was taken from concept to full production with Innomech's support and has been exceptionally well received by the market."
Steve Robertson, Managing Director of Innomech, adds: "Innomech's automation engineers worked closely with Capsugel to quickly develop a concept system to address all the requirements identified by Capsugel's detailed market research. A number of key design features associated with operator flexibility were then further refined to create the final design for the Xcelolab powder dispenser."
Innomech offers initial feasibility studies, system design and regulatory compliance for sophisticated automation systems through to building either single or multiple units. Its factory support service, used by companies such as Capsugel, enables clients to focus on product sales and marketing, while Innomech takes full responsibility for the ongoing build of multiple units, as well as installation, fulfilling customer service agreements and providing support as required. Innomech has worked with Capsugel since 2001 (see this article: Innomech celebrates eight-year partnership with Capsugel).