CapsuleWorks: Leading the Way with Cutting-Edge Nutritional Formulations
Operating a highly efficient operation that allows for quick turnaround time of customer requests, Ronkonkoma, NY-based CapsuleWorks produces 7 billion softgels, 30 billion tablets and 7 billion two-piece capsules for the nutraceuticals market on an annual basis.
“For more than 35 years CapsuleWorks has been a leader in the nutritional supplement industry, setting the standards of excellence for quality, efficiency and service,” said Darren Schneider, director of sales and marketing. “State-of-the-art facilities, superior manufacturing technology, rigorous quality control and unparalleled production capacity enable CapsuleWorks to deliver superior quality supplements at highly competitive prices.”
The company specializes in the development and manufacturing of a full spectrum of supplement forms, including standard and customized formulas. Its in-process quality control system and use of quality raw materials ensures that every supplement manufactured meets rigorous standards for quality, purity and performance.
CapsuleWorks offers easy to swallow capsules, and a variety of tablets, including chewable and flavored, sustained release, coated and effervescent. However, due to growth and consumer demand, the company recently doubled the size of its softgel facility.
Among hundreds of other nutritional products, the company’s products include vitamins E and D, CoQ10, beta-carotene, B vitamins, evening primrose oil and specialty herbal formulations.
“Each of our products are made using the finest raw materials, the most advanced manufacturing processes and the strictest of quality controls,” said Mr. Schneider. “In addition to our own uncompromising standards, CapsuleWorks’ manufacturing facilities are fully compliant with Shuster Laboratories Retail Qualification program. Shuster is an independent third party firm that assures manufacturing and product quality standards.”
According to the company, facilities have been constructed to meet strict guidelines and the highest building requirements with regard to air handling as well as processing isolation and controls. An intricate manufacturing process combines high-quality components with cutting-edge technology. Some of the most critical components of this process include the use of highly purified USP grade water and a carefully controlled production environment.
The fully automated plant reduces actual material handling and dramatically decreases the possibility of contamination by limiting human contact. An extensive building automation system monitors and controls all environmental conditions in the facility, resulting in uniform product processing throughout the year.
Each raw material ingredient is tested for identity and purity, and then compared against existing databases to maintain consistency in product development. Highly trained lab technicians work with the latest diagnostic equipment in clinical environments.
For example, ultra performance liquid chromatography analyzes samples quickly to give the quality control technician an exact graphic readout of each component in the material. For non-mineral products, high performance liquid chromatography utilizes UV and refractive light rays to separate, identify and measure the exact amounts of the compounds in each sample.
Further, gas chromatography-flame ionization detection is used to identify, measure, analyze and determine the potencies of oil-soluble ingredients, such as fish oil. Gas chromatography determines the individual compounds and the flame ionization detector provides the potencies.
CapsuleWorks also employs Vitek 2 and Vidas technologies. The former is a high-tech, automated system used to determine the identity of bacteria that has been isolated from raw materials and finished products. The latter is an automated system used by quality control analysts to test for the presence of salmonella in raw materials. This essential device helps to ensure that every product manufactured is salmonella-free.
In addition, once it is verified that a product will disintegrate properly, dissolution testing is utilized.
“The establishment of a truly state-of-the-art manufacturing environment—complete with the most current and cost- effective technology—allows CapsuleWorks to continually operate at peak efficiency,” said Mr. Schneider. “The result is a highly effective operation that manifests itself in the most competitive price points for our customers without sacrificing the slightest measure of product integrity.”—S.M.
2100 Smithtown Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779