Gelatin preparation

Fill material preparation

Encapsulation machines


Cleaning, inspecting & sorting

Softgel Tooling

Softgel Lab

The Five Steps of Softgel Manufacturing


Gelatin Preparation - the process of blending and heating granulated gelatin and other
ingredients in warm water in a gelatin melting tank. With appropriate heat, mixing
and vacuum, the ingredients form a thick syrup called a "gel mass" for use in encapsulation.
Color may be added during the melting process or in a separate machine.

Fill Material Preparation - the process of preparing the non-aqueous oil or paste that will be encapsulated.
Preparation equipment may include: processing tanks, mixers, vacuum homogenizers, sieves and mills. Heated and
unheated transfer tanks may be used for the fill material and gelatin while waiting for encapsulation.

Encapsulation - the process of converting the gel mass into a thin layer of gelatin and wrapping it around
the fill material to form a softgel. Click here to see how an encapsulation machine works.

Drying - the process which removes excess moisture from the gelatin shell to shrink and firm up the softgel. Drying
occurs either by tumbling or by a combination of tumbling and tray drying.

Cleaning, Inspection and Sorting - often required prior to packaging based upon the intended use of the softgel.