There are different reasons to use microencapsulation as part of your manufacturing and production processes. Encapsulation involves taking a material and enclosing it into a sphere by placing a protective coating around it. The material left in the center of the sphere is commonly referred to as the core, while the coating around the core may be referred to as the shell or membrane. The kinds of materials ,which can be encapsulated, do depend upon the type of industry. For example, encapsulation processes in the pharmaceutical industry are used to help create controlled release drugs. They are also used as a way to help protect proteins and peptides from degradation.