GEA MODUL tablet presses for highly potent formulations (up to OEB5) are based on the Exchangeable Compression Module (ECM), which contain all the direct product-contact parts and can be removed from the press in a fully contained manner. The ECM is placed on a trolley for contained transportation to a dedicated washing area. Here, it’s washed offline (WOL) or opened and cleaned by operators in PPE (HC)). The press itself does not need to be cleaned as there is no contact with the powder. One washing station can be used for several MODUL presses.
Depending on the availability of a spare ECM and peripherals, a press can be up and running again within 2 hours, boosting productivity. The peripheral equipment can be cleaned using the same WOL principle. I will discuss the use of split butterfly valves, contained manual and automated sampling, deduster metal check units and tablet collection.