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Increasing production without the investment in new machinery or operators is the preferred approach when formulating tablets, and one way to do this successfully is through the use of multi-tipped tooling. This method comes with numerous benefits, the most obvious being improved productivity owing to the greater number of tablets per turret rotation. It also offers a reduction in the run time per batch and campaign, resulting in less maintenance overall and a shorter press downtime. Furthermore, there is no capital outlay on new tablet presses and, as fewer presses are required to satisfy production levels, less floor space is needed, leading to the production of more tablets per square metre – a significant advantage for today’s modern medicine manufacture.

Production Benefits

Simply put, multi-tipped toolings are punches that have more than one tip – ranging from a simple 2 tip punch to one with 40 tips per punch. This number can, however, be increased depending on the size and design of a particular product. By successfully implementing multitipped tooling, the amount of tool set-ups required per production batch can also be reduced and batches are completed more quickly, cutting the overall time necessary to make the tablets.

This leads to further benefits, from the decrease in energy consumption due to the press running for shorter periods of time, to the reduction in man hours required per press. The cost to maintain the machine is also diminished while overall press availability will be increased, thereby making time for additional production. If a tablet requires a short compression time from when a formulation is prepared, multi-tips offer a distinct advantage over single tip production as the process can be completed faster and within optimum conditions.

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Holding the role of Product Design Manager since 2004, Steve Osborn is I Holland’s leading design and multitipped tooling expert. He is a key member of the Customer Support Group, and is also responsible for the manufacturing functions of hob make/hobbing and heat treatment. Steve has appeared several times in the company’s knowledge sharing series of webinars and as a guest speaker at other industry events.
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