Romaco Innojet has launched the first GMP compliant hot melt coating device specifically for use in the pharmaceutical industry. The IHD series for processing hot melt coatings can be supplied as a laboratory or pilot scale machine.
To allow precise and uniform heat distribution, the Innojet IHD was designed as a heatable monobloc integrating all functional components. The melting container, dosing unit and valve block are all included in the same thermal cycle, which means they do not have to be heated and insulated separately. The compact hot melt coating devices are connected via a trace heated tube to the processing machines in the Romaco Innojet VENTILUS series whenever this is required by the application. The Innojet IHD feeds the hot melt with a pulsation-free dosing piston as standard, so that the coating is applied to the product absolutely evenly. The central bottom spray nozzle on the Innojet machine enables both the temperature and the size of the droplets with which the product particles are coated to be precisely defined. The Romaco Innojet air flow bed technology ensures homogeneous and controllable flow conditions in the container of the processing machines. The laboratory scale version of the hot melt coating device (Innojet IHD 5) is designed to handle batches of up to 5 litres while the pilot scale machine (Innojet IHD 50) can process up to 50 litres.
Benefits of hot melt coated formulations
Innojet’s IHD technology lets pharma manufacturers reap the previously unattainable benefits of hot melt coatings. Unlike aqueous alternatives, hot melt coatings contain no solvents which would have to be evaporated again after they have been sprayed on. Hot melt coatings solidify directly on the product, resulting in up to 85 per cent shorter processing times. Less spray is required for hot melt coating processes because the formulations are solvent-free. What’s more, since there is no need to heat the air in order to dry the product, energy efficiency is improved. Hot melt coating is not only an extremely economical and efficient production process; it is also very versatile, for example for moisture barriers, taste masks or delayed API release.
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