Before healthcare products keep people safe, it’s necessary to keep the products themselves safe!

Whether oral solid dosage pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems or diagnostic and medical devices, many healthcare products are susceptible to degradation and stability issues.

Airnov is the specialist of controlled atmosphere with deep knowledge in moisture, oxygen and odors management inside healthcare packaging. Contact us for more details on which solution is the most suitable for your specific needs.


Capsules are a type of dosage form widely employed in the pharmaceutical industry. They are utilized to enclose medicine which is presented in powder and granule form or to contain active ingredients suspended in oil. They are intended to be taken orally. Capsules are also used as suppositories and may be hard-shelled or soft-shelled. The two are most commonly inserted into either blister packaging, bottles, tubes or vials.

The sensitive nature of pharmaceutical products

Encapsulation emerged in the first half of the 19th century when the invention of sugar-coating and gelatin-coating enabled for their manufacturing on a larger scale. During the subsequent decades, their production was divided into two distinct forms, both of which are in use to this day. Hard-shelled capsules are utilized for dry, usually powdered substances but may also contain miniature pellets. They are made up of two parts – a smaller body over which a larger cap is fitted to form a tightly sealed container for the active ingredients of the medicine.

Soft-shelled capsules, on the other hand, possess an almost identical oblong shape but are, in essence, formed as a single unit. As their name implies, their shell tends to be a lot softer and is designed to accommodate liquid substances – usually oils. Both of these dosage forms are designed to dissolve when swallowed, giving the body an opportunity to slowly and safely absorb the ingredients.

In today’s world, capsules are produced with the help of a range of manual, semi-automatic, and automatic capsule filling machines. When it comes to packaging, the most common ways to preserve the integrity of the product are blister packaging or bottles.

The most important challenge is  moisture management. External factors such as a damp climate or simple penetration of humidity into the packaging can create a host of problems, ultimately compromising the quality and potency of the capsules. Shelf-life is then cut down from years to literally days.

It is obvious that such packaging is of a very sensitive nature and that additional measures are needed in order to protect the pharmaceutical product from degradation. Addressing these issues with confidence is something that Airnov has specialized in since its inception, focusing all its attention on constant improvement of existing methods and discovery of new ways to make sure that the medication is delivered to the end-user the way it ought to be – safe and uncompromised. In order to achieve this, the company’s representatives always endeavor to listen to the needs of the clients. Innovation is, after all, a constant and continuous process that requires an open mind and an attentive ear.

From desiccant canisters to EQius™ capsules

Due to their wide-spread use, capsules have always held our undivided attention. Their sensitive nature means that only the best strategies ought to be employed in order to keep them safe from damage of any kind. Airnov offers a range of possibilities which can be grouped into four different categories – each with its own perks, employing the most durable yet cost-effective materials that are guaranteed to deliver the best possible results.

Desiccant capsules, these small, rigid containers are filled with desiccant and offer excellent protection from moisture degradation. Presented in the widest range of shapes and sizes, they can accommodate just about any product of this kind. Standard sorbent fills that have been tried and tested by our team include silica gel, molecular sieve or a mix . Produced as cylindrical, snapped, or flat capsules, they are beyond versatile and can be easily customized and designed to offer maximum efficiency.

Desiccant canisters are a particularly popular solution among our partners. Benefiting from high-speed machine insertion, they maintain drug stability and prolong shelf life. In addition, they are fully customizable via the use of laser marker technology.

Desiccant packets come in the form of small sachets. They can be inserted into just about any form of storage. Accurate insertion guarantees great production speed and excellent delivery times. These packets prolong shelf life while remaining cost-efficient throughout.

EQius™ products are made using specially engineered sorbents that can act as humectants (desorbers) and desiccants (adsorbers) simultaneously, maintaining a particular equilibrium relative humidity inside product packaging. Both too much humidity and too little can cause unacceptable damage like brittleness of capsules.

The advantages of our approach

Since its inception as an integral part of Airsec in 1952, our company has provided clients from across the globe with reliable, trustworthy, efficient service. The products from our line are a testament to our commitment to providing only the best for our clients. We understand the challenges faced and use agility, experience, performance, and respect to create a perfect environment for progress. We are proud of our ability to adapt to change and face the future with a bright and assertive attitude. Through constant striving for innovation in packaging and protecting pharmaceutical products, medical devices, we aim for a level of safety rarely surpassed by our competitors.

Our Business Continuity Planning (BCP) enables us to utilize multi-lane production equipment at multiple sites, making sure that each order – no matter how large – is delivered at the right time. A fully transverse approach is perhaps our biggest advantage. We offer products in all ranges, being able to meet any demand. The team has a sharp eye for innovation and is committed to delivering only stellar results.

Get in touch

We at Airnov are always open to new ideas, propositions, and business inquiries. If you have any questions, would like a quote for your next project, or simply wish to get more information on our extensive range of products – do not hesitate to contact us. We will do everything to take your ideas to the next level and work together to create the best solution to fit your needs.

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