Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Impact of Processing Conditions on Inter-tablet Coating Thickness Variations Measured by Terahertz In-Line Sensing

HUNGYEN LIN, ROBERT K. MAY, MICHAEL J. EVANS, SHUNCONG ZHONG, LYNN F. GLADDEN, YAOCHUN SHEN,
J. AXEL ZEITLER


Abstract


A novel in-line technique utilising pulsed terahertz radiation for directmeasurement of the film coating thickness of individual tablets during the coating process was previously developed and demonstrated on a production-scale coater. Here, we use this technique to monitor the evolution of tablet film coating thickness and its inter-tablet variability during the coating process under a number of different
process conditions that have been purposefully induced in the production-scale coating process. The changes that were introduced to the coating process include removing the baffles from the coater, adding uncoated tablets to the running process, halting the drum, blockage of spray guns and changes to the spray rate. The terahertz sensor was able to pick up the resulting changes in average coating thickness in the coating drum and we report the impact of these process changes on the resulting coating quality. C⃝ 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm Sci



This study was performed using TeraView's Spectra 3000 system. (TeraView, Cambridge, UK)