Tablet tooling generally encompasses tablet punches and dies. Tooling stations traditionally consist of an upper punch, a lower punch, and a die, which are responsible for size, shape, and identification markings of tablets while meeting the specified requirements for dosage uniformity, production efficiency, and aesthetic appearance. Tablet compression tooling follows two standards that are recognized […]
Tableting equipment is used to manufacture a variety of products, ranging from candy to cosmetics and household cleaners to pharmaceuticals. However, producing high-quality products necessitates selecting and using the right tooling, including with regard to punch head shape, size, and material. In operations where the compressed material is abrasive, corrosive, sticky, or otherwise difficult to […]
Although tooling represents a substantial investment for tablet manufacturers, the importance of proper tooling maintenance is often underestimated. Excessive tooling wear from inadequate maintenance can lead to tablet quality issues, including sticking, capping, and discoloration before or after production.
Fortunately, many of these issues are preventable by training machine operators to regularly perform restorative procedures aimed at maintaining tooling quality. Implementing a polishing and refurbishing routine is an effective and inexpensive way to ensure high-quality tablet yields, reduce production-related costs, and maximize the ROI potential on your tooling investment. Proper maintenance has the potential to extend tooling life by as much as 80%.
Tablets utilized for medications, small mints, and other similar products come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Even their formulations span over a broad range of properties and physical characteristics. Factors such as compressibility, abrasiveness, lubricity, and corrosiveness have the potential to heavily influence how tablets are created.
With the above in mind, it’s easy to understand how a one-size-fits-all approach to tablet press tooling is unlikely to produce favorable results. Any company employing the use of tablet presses, that manufacture a wide array of tablets, cannot rely on tooling and machinery meant for use in just any application.
The most practical solution to these issues lies in optimizing tooling to suit the products being manufactured. In this way, brands can minimize excessive tableting problems and boost efficiency. Working to create a customized tableting system mitigates issues such as picking, sticking, capping and excessive tool wear.