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M 30 March 2015 Tablets & Capsules tablet tooling Increasing tablet production and efficiency using multi-tip tooling Steve Osborn and Steve Deakin I Holland Interest in multi-tip tablet tooling has grown in tandem with the drive to increase tablet productivity and efficiency. This article outlines the factors that influence the success of multi-tip con- versions, including press compatibility, formulation character- istics, and tablet properties. tooling can. How much it raises output depends primarily on how many tips it has. It could be as few as two and as many as two dozen or more. The exact number depends on the tablet's size and shape, the granulation's character- istics, and the type of tablet press used. The chemical and food industries were among the first to adopt multi-tip tooling, which has been available for more than 30 years. Manufacturing artificial sweeteners was an early application. In the pharmaceutical industry, manufacturers of oral contraceptives were one of the first to use multi-tip tooling, but others soon understood the benefits, and multi-tip tooling is now transforming the way tablets are made. Not only can multi-tip tooling boost production while eliminating the need for additional tablet presses, it can ulti-tip tooling increases productivity and shortens production run times, thereby decreasing maintenance and reducing the amount of time spent on press setup per batch. In fact, the increase in production can eliminate the need to install another tablet press, conserving time, capital, and floor space. Multi-tip tooling boosts production because it com- presses more tablets per turret rotation than single-tip

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