At pharmacies and drug stores, shelves are stocked with various types of medicines that are made to remedy an assortment of health conditions. From headache remedies to cold medicines, the majority of these products are usually offered in pill or tablet form. Some people prefer the rounded pill, while others are more comfortable with longer tablets, but the effects of a given medicine are always the same, regardless of its shape.
Most of the pills or tablets you come across, however, are produced with compressed air, which is responsible for the following steps in the process of formation:
- Mixing: With any type of tablet, ingredients must be balanced according to the exact formulation of the particular medication. In pharmaceutical labs, pneumatic tools can portion each ingredient exactly as specified.
- Hardening: Once the ingredients in a bulk production of medicine have been mixed, the contents must be portioned, shaped and hardened into tablet form. Throughout this whole process, compressed air machinery performs each step to perfection.
- Coating: After the pills are molded and solidified into shape, the next step involves coating them with a marketable texture or color. With pneumatic tools, the processes of coloring and coating can be accomplished flawlessly, without a hitch.
Hard medicines allow people to overcome a range of bodily pains, joint discomforts, throat irritations and symptoms involving colds, headaches and flus — but few of these medicines would be available as you see them on today’s market without the mixing, hardening and coating functions that are driven in laboratories by air-powered tools and machines.