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Making Powder Production & Tablet Compression Simpler & Safer

Here at Vitaquest, we are working harder than ever to fortify and improve our already robust manufacturing operation by seeking out new equipment that will set us up for success as we move through 2023 and beyond. Our capsule polishing machines, acquired in early 2023, have swiftly become a pivotal component of our capsule manufacturing process. Now, our new roll compactor has joined our extensive inventory of innovative and state-of-the-art equipment, enhancing the ease and efficiency of our powder manufacturing and tablet compression processes.

Keeping Quality in Mind: The Fitzpatrick Granulator

Our latest equipment acquisition, the Fitzpatrick Granulator (or ‘Rollie’, as we call it), provides numerous benefits and improvements to our powder manufacturing and tablet compression operations. It keeps quality in mind while delivering unequaled flexibility for various products, which makes it perfectly suited for our diverse customer base.

Whether you’re looking to manufacture a custom tablet product or want to produce powder sachets or stick packs, this tool will ensure that the powders containing your active ingredients are uniformly granulated. It increases powder density and produces free-flowing granules, allowing us to manufacture high-quality and consistent products while minimizing deviations and other costly production delays. We manufacture billions of tablet doses and millions of retail units of powders annually, so these accurate and repeatable results make this equipment ideal for the most critical of applications here at Vitaquest.

User Friendly & Compliant

We anticipate the implementation of this machine will significantly improve our manufacturing capabilities and allow us to produce a high-quality product in a shorter amount of time compared to older equipment. A few key improvements include:

  • Time Savings: This tool features a remote control panel that can be fully programmed to replicate previously developed recipes and programs. With 2,000 new formulas produced annually, this will save our team tremendous time, ensuring your product can reach the market faster.
  • Easy to Clean: This machine is designed with the user in mind, allowing our mechanics to quickly and easily disassemble and clean components, providing our customers and us additional time-savings.
  • Quality & Compliance: The ability to disassemble and work on this machine more efficiently than older equipment also allows us to adhere to our strict quality guidelines, ensuring continued sanitary and GMP compliance with minimal effort.

With our powdered ingredients rolled uniformly and accurately, they can move on to the packaging or tablet compression process (which also uses state-of-the-art machinery we’ve recently acquired!).

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A Win for Sustainability

This new machine doesn’t only enhance our powder and tablet compression operations. Its benefits extend beyond our 100 Jefferson facility. As many of you know, we take sustainability and environmental concerns very seriously. We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and work tirelessly to do our part in keeping our planet clean for future generations to enjoy. Over the past several years, we’ve reduced our natural gas usage by 23%, have switched 30% of our electricity to renewable resources, and are recycling over 50% of our waste.

But how does new machinery fit into this goal of sustainability? Powder manufacturing and tablet compression can create a lot of dust. However, this roller compactor guarantees less negative environmental impacts by eliminating excessive dust burden during production. It also allows us to reduce the packaging size for our products, helping to minimize the amount of cardboard and other materials needed to fulfill our customers’ orders, keeping more waste out of landfills.

Delivering What’s Next

Our constant pursuit of improvement and innovation sets us apart from our competitors, and we embrace this challenge wholeheartedly in our pursuit to Deliver What’s Next to our customers. If you’re looking for a dietary supplement contract manufacturing partner dedicated to helping you produce innovative, quality products, call 800-526-9095 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales executives or request a competitive nutraceutical manufacturing price quote.

We could not be more PROUD of how far we’ve come over the past few years, and we cannot wait to continue on this path as we move forward into a new year. Stay tuned for more to come!

Patrick Brueggman - President and CEO - Vitaquest International
President & CEO Vitaquest International

Patrick Brueggman, with almost two decades in nutraceuticals and personal care, currently leads Vitaquest International as President & CEO. The company, with over 700 employees, is a major custom manufacturer in the supplement and functional foods business, creating 4,000 custom formulas for 500 brands in 50 countries. Prior to Vitaquest, Brueggman was Senior Vice President at Vantage Personal Care and had an 18+ year career at Ashland Specialty Ingredients. Throughout his career, he excelled in business turnaround, change management, team building, strategy development, and acquisition integration, consistently enhancing sales and profitability. Brueggman, holding a Bachelor of Science degree and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt from the University of Louisville, is also passionately involved in five integrative wellness centers in France and the US alongside his wife, Dr. Nouha Domloge.

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