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InnovaGel gains quick return on investment

Radar provides efficient and accurate level measurement

InnovaGel, a manufacturer of vitamins and supplements in the nutraceutical and OTC market, was in need of solution for its soft gelatin encapsulation machine application. The company did not have an efficient way to detect the level of gelatin in the tanks, resulting in the loss of material and production time between batches. Endress+Hauser was able to provide a level measurement solution that best fit InnovaGel’s application needs.

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InnovaGel's Miami, Florida production facility. For more information on InnovaGel click here.

Return on investment

  • "With the installation of the FMR52s, we saved an hour a day of manufacturing changeover time on each line, resulting in an ROI of three months," said Chris Aemisegger, Director of Engineering, InnovaGel.

Chris Aemisegger, Director of Engineering

"The integrity of the design is critical for us. The FMR52 is a compact, user-friendly and self-contained device which works very well and is compliant with the standards of our industry.”

Director of Engineering Chris Aemisegger

Manual process challenges

The machine operator would run a batch of gelatin and was unable to determine the ideal time to change the tank. The operator would wait for air to blow out of the lines as an indicator of when the tank was empty and would then change the tank. The operator would manually change the tank which would typically add a 20 minute delay into the process. This changeover was needed up to three times a day, resulting in as much as an hour of lost production time every day, per machine.

Development process

InnovaGel knew it needed a more efficient and cost-effective way to measure the level inside the tanks. The company could see they were losing precious material and production time and knew it needed a continuous measurement to streamline the process.