Kilian teams up with Innojet and JRS to present new technologies for solids production
Successful seminar week at Kilian
Romaco Kilian recently teamed up with Innojet and JRS for the two latest seminars in the successful series launched at the end of 2016. Both seminars were fully booked: about 100 representatives of customers in the pharmaceutical, food, nutra and non-food sectors accepted the invitation. The two two-day seminars in English and German provided an application-focused mix of theory and practice. After a welcome by Matthias Weber, Managing Director of Romaco Kilian, Innojet and JRS gave an introduction to their respective organisations and a quick rundown of their process solution portfolios for solids granulation and coating. A lecture on process optimisation in tablet production was next on the seminar agenda, which meant that many crucial details and key questions could be clarified right from the start. The participants were then divided into five groups and accompanied to the five workshop stations by their seminar leaders. A short briefing by the speakers was followed by live demonstrations on the machines and a discussion round.
From R&D to serial production
Kilian showed its STYL'ONE Evolution single-stroke press for research and development applications, which simulates standard tablet presses and carries out compression tests for developing new formulations or for scale-ups. The Kilian KTP 420X single-sided rotary press for pharmaceutical applications impresses with a maximum output of 360,000 tablets per hour and is among the high speed presses in its performance class. Innojet presented the Ventilus® V 5 processing machine, which manages with just one product container for granulation, drying and coating on an air flow bed. JRS brought along its Vivacoat ready-to-use coating system and gave various demonstrations, including the correct way to prepare a coating suspension. At the end of each workshop, experts from Romaco and JRS took the time to answer questions and engage in conversation with those present.
While touring the Romaco Kilian production and assembly shops, the seminar participants gained some fascinating insights into the tablet press maker's manufacturing processes. The visit to KiTech, Romaco Kilian's test laboratory, was one notable highlight. It offers interested users a chance to get to know the tradition-minded company's various technologies, optimise their existing tableting processes and try out new ones. Its comprehensive portfolio of services includes powder analyses, compression tests, feasibility studies and advice on scale-ups. Customers can also send their employees to KiTech for training. As a kind of light relief between the challenging stations, JRS had prepared a small, improvised "hand press": visitors were requested to fill it with granulate, which they then compressed into a tablet by hitting it with a hammer. The evening programme which rounded off the seminar event at Romaco Kilian was similarly well-received.
"The continuation of our seminar series with Romaco Innojet and our partner JRS was a resounding success," said host Matthias Weber, Managing Director of Romaco Kilian, summing up. "Demand for the events was considerable and they were both fully booked. Our customers were treated to the complete solids spectrum, from process development through scale-up tests to the start of serial production. I'm particularly pleased that we were also able to offer our seminar for the first time in this form in English as a special service." More seminar events are already in the pipeline.