Tooling

Tooling 2019-10-21T20:20:26+00:00

Fette Compacting’s decades of experience in tablet manufacturing are the lynchpin for providing you with exceptional product quality. We are a comprehensive supplier for the entire tableting process, extending from research and development, through production, using the latest instrumentation technology, as well as marketing, application consultation, and intensive product training for the customer.

Fette Compacting has spent years developing industry-leading technology for both tablet presses and the critical components needed to support them. Our revolutionary designs in tooling and turret design have paved the way for faster production, reduced downtime, and increased quality.

Standard TSM
Exclusives
Segments
Coatings
Materials

Standard Tooling

Fette offers the complete range of standard TSM and EU tooling sizes for round, shaped, embossed, bisected, and multi-tipped including:

  • TSM19 – B and Bb – in standard or domed head
  • TSM1″ – D – in standard or domed head
  • EU19 – B and Bb
  • EU1″ / EU-441 – D
  • EU28
  • EU35

Fette Exclusives

For customers with special production demands, unique granulations, and challenging geometries, Fette has developed an exclusive and patented design – FS Technology.

The FS head design was created with the understanding that it is not just the diameter of the contact area of the punch head that is critical; but the optimized transition geometries into the head radius in our FS technology that allow for the transmission of compression forces in the most optimal method.

Fette is now proud to announce the development of a new tooling type – EU19 FS. An EU19 punch can now be directly replaced by an EU19 FS® punch – with the same processing properties. All existing cams can still be used. But this change has some significant effects: the service life of the punch increases and the loads are distributed more evenly across the punch head.

Features
  • Head shape optimized for the application

  • Larger mirror head

  • Smaller distances between punch heads

Advantages
  • Long dwell time

  • Reduced wear on pressing tools and machine components

  • Less noise and vibration

Benefits
  • Higher tablet quality

  • Higher output

  • Higher productivity

  • More user-friendly

FS12® (EP 2111972)
  • Up to 40% increased yield

  • Compatible with all machines of the I- and FE Series

  • Higher tablet quality

  • Pressing force to max. 34 kN

  • For Pmax® technology

  • Very long pressure dwell time, similar to that of an EU19 punch

FS19® (EP 2269813)
  • 30% longer pressure dwell time than EU19

  • Higher tablet quality

  • Higher output with the same quality

  • Less wear

  • Tablet diameter of up to 18 mm

  • Pressing force to max. 94 kN

FS45
  • High compression forces

  • Approximately 30% longer pressure dwell time than EU45

  • Large tablets up to 44 mm

  • Higher tablet quality

  • Pressing force to max. 100 kN

Multi-tip

Fette offers precision multi-tip tooling for applications involving micro-tabs and other specialty applications. Available for either die or segmented turrets, our exacting tolerances provide users with a safe, reliable, and long-lasting product. Fette would be glad to discuss your specific needs with you for your application.

Segments

Efficiency is the key to successful manufacturing. Fette has developed another industry-leading innovation with their patented die table segment technology (EP 1316411). By reducing the number of components that need to be installed from, for example, 61 dies and 61 die lock screws to only five segments and 10 segment blocks, the amount of time needed to set up a turret can be reduced by up to 70%. This is especially helpful when using shaped punches as each individual die does not need to be specially aligned to accommodate the punches – the segment sets up the tooling set perfectly and reduces the margin of human error to almost nil.

Replace 15 dies and 15 die lock screws with one segment

Perfectly set and aligned shaped die bores

Specialty segments available with carbide inserts

In addition to reducing your downtime, you can increase the yields of your existing machines by up to 40 percent by significantly increasing the number of tablet stations as the die holes are incorporated directly into the segments. In contrast to conventional die tables, segments can be changed by loosening just two fastening bolts and only between 3 to 5 segments are needed for each turret, depending on the type of tablet press.

The segmented Fette turret can be installed on almost any existing Fette tablet press, regardless of age. The production parameters and the filling behavior remain unchanged, and production data saved can be used. In many cases, you can even continue using your existing punches. Segments make life easier for your operators, too: through a simplified process of segment removal and fitting, a large number of working steps required for product changeover are no longer necessary. Users can minimize product loss, achieve higher yields and reduce refitting times – all with Fette’s renowned high precision.

Benefits
  • Reduced product loss

  • Easier compliance with hygiene requirements

  • Up to 40% more output

  • Great production reliability through easy refitting

  • Service life increased by up to threefold through carbide brushes

Coatings

Many difficult applications in tableting production can be helped with the application of special coatings to the punch tip. Products can exhibit different properties, such as thermolability, leading to stickiness on the punch and in the die or the segment. Granulation may also be hard and coarse-grained, making it abrasive and increasing wear on the punch face. Fette offers several special coatings which can lead to stable production for many such cases and challenges.

Hard chrome plating (FCG-HCP)

  • Improvement in resistance to corrosion

  • Improvement in resistance to wear

  • Reduction in friction and adhesion of the products to the punch

PVD-Chrome (FCG-PCR)

  • More resistant to wear than FSG-HCP

  • Very good adhesion properties compared to FSG-HCP

  • Good corrosion properties

Chrome nitride (FCG-CRN)

  • More resistant to wear than FSG-HCP

  • Very good adhesion properties compared to FSG-HCP

  • All-round coating against adhesion and wear

Titanium nitride (FCG-TIN)

  • High resistance to wear

  • Improved adhesion properties versus FSG-HCP

  • Suitable for highly abrasive products

Titanium aluminum nitride (FCG-TAN)

  • Maximum resistance to wear

  • Suitable for crystalline powders such as salts or mineral tablets

Materials

High-quality materials and the method of applied heat treatment are crucial factors to the service life of tableting tools. Fette Compacting uses high-alloy, through-hardened tool steels for a range of applications. Fette provides material data sheets in advance when requested and/or material certificates with the tooling delivery. Fette selects the optimal material for your application and the heat treatment is matched for various formulations. Fette Compacting has recently expanded their tooling facility, allowing us to make even better use of the expertise available on staff in our own hardening shop and coating department.

Efficient production also hinges on the selection of the optimal material for dies and segments. A variety of specialized materials is available to optimize output, tablet quality, and OEE. In order to pair the tools (and dies or segments) with the characteristics of your product, technical discussions and advice from the machine manufacturer early in the design process is paramount. At Fette Compacting, each new customer design is checked by experienced tooling engineers and optimized according to customer requirements.

Fette’s exclusive tool, die, and segment steels are available in three classes – we would be more than happy to discuss the merits and benefits of each for your specific application.
Tooling Steel Options

Standard punches (FSG-STP)

  • High hardness

  • High resistance to compression

  • Good toughness

  • Low dimensional change

  • High resistance to wear

Inox punches (FSG-IXP)

  • Higher corrosion resistance to FSG-STP for Wash-in-Place (WiP) production

Premium punches (FSG-PRP)

  • High degree of hardness with the same features as the FSG-STP

  • High resistance to wear

  • Very high adhesive wear resistance

Die Steel Options

Standard dies (FSG-STD)

  • Higher resistance to corrosion than FSG-STP

  • High resistance to abrasive and adhesive wear

  • High resistance to compression

  • Good ductility

  • Low dimensional change

Inox Dies (FSG-IXD)

  • Non-corroding material for dies, specially for WiP applications

  • High resistance to wear with the same features as the FSG-STD

Dies with carbide inserts (FSG-CID)

  • Extremely hard and wear-resistant

Segment Steel Options

Standard segments (FSG-STS)

  • Good resistance to wear

  • High resistance to chipping

  • High resistance to compression

  • High hardness

  • Low dimensional change

Inox segments (FSG-IXS)

  • Non-corrosive material for segments, in particular for WiP applications

  • High resistance to wear

Segments with carbide inserts (FSG-CIS)

  • Extremely hard and wear-resistant

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