When your machine coats tablets nonstop for five to 10 hours, coating material can create a cloud around the spray nozzle and produce product buildup that results in poor airflow and clogged guns.
Thomas’s Accela-CTC 500 features a fully integrated spray system and patented spray bar, designed to offer an accurate solution delivery rate, >5% gun-to-gun spray rate differential, and rapid disassembly and cleaning.
The Thomas Spray Bar (TSB) is fitted with Schlick 930 or 970 anti-bearding spray guns that result in consistent performance. The TSB has a modular spray manifold, and the number of spray guns can easily be adjusted by adding or removing spray bar sections. The modular design eliminates the need for multiple complete spray manifolds. The TSB is designed to eliminate unnecessary parts from the process airflow path, reducing turbulence and improving spray performance. The solution and compressed air lines inside of the spray bar eliminate tablet entrapment areas and create a smooth profile. In the rare event of a clogged spray gun, the fluid nozzle can be removed and cleaned from the gun while the bar is primed and solution is in recirculation. With the TSB, clearing a spray gun clog takes less than 10 minutes.
Other spray system features include:
- Toolless gun inserts for quick disassembly and service
- Indexable mounting hardware for repeatable positioning
- Sanitary tri-clamp solution feed and recirculation connections
- Sanitary tri-clamp connections with “O” ring seals
- Schlick solution and air delivery components
- Schlick gun components
- Independent pattern air control and fan width
Our integrated spray system is also designed with a recirculation valve to maintain consistent solution movement. During spray pause, the guns are closed and the solution is recirculated back to the tanks to prevent settling of solids. During normal operation, the recirculation valve is closed and the solution is delivered by the pump, supplied to the nozzles, and sprayed onto the tablets.
All Thomas tablet coating systems, including the Accela-CTC 500, feature the TSB. The solution delivery system is engineered to deliver a consistently better performance compared to conventional manifolds, resulting in easily validated, repeatable tablet coating processes. With the Thomas Spray System and TSB, you get superior spray coverage, uniform coating, and repeatable results.