04965089 is referenced by 50 patents and cites 34 patents.

A caplet dipping machine includes a caplet holding plate including sets of caplet gripping collets on both sides thereof so that caplets can be dipped on one end, pushed through the plate and dipped at the other end. The collets on one side are mounted back-to-back with the collets on the other side in apertures formed in the holding plate. Caplets are fed into the collets on one face of the holding plate by a loading plate which receives the unfinished caplets from a hopper. A plurality of loading transfer pins push the caplets through the first set of collets to the second set of collets on the bottom face of the holding plate. The caplets are then dipped in a first gelatin bath, flipped by a first plate flipping mechanism and dried in a first drying section. The caplets are next pushed through from the second set of collets back to the first set of collets by a second set of transfer pins before passing through a second gelatin dipping bath. A second plate flipping mechanism then inverts the plate for a second time and the plate proceeds from there through a second drying section. A third, or exit, transfer means then pushes the finished product into a receiving bin. An improved coat is also achieved by the use of a pair of annular gelatin holding pans through which gelatin continuously flows under the influence of an impeller located between the pans. It is possible for the apparatus to operate at high speeds and high efficiencies due to the large capacity of the plates and the clean, open architecture of the system.

Title
Method and apparatus for the gelatin coating of caplets
Application Number
7/336006
Publication Number
4965089
Application Date
April 10, 1989
Publication Date
October 23, 1990
Inventor
Warren L Phillips
Southampton
PA, US
John Hamburg
Fallsington
PA, US
Erich W Sauter
Washington Crossing
PA, US
Agent
Mathews Woodbridge & Collins
Assignee
Sauter Manufacturing
PA, US
IPC
A61K 9/00
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