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TABLETING 57


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Steve Osborn assesses whether multi-tip tooling is a key driver to increasing tablet production


he manufacture of oral solid dosage forms has had to


progress rapidly to keep pace with the ever-growing demand driven by developing markets to produce tablets for the masses. Innovations introduced by leading tablet tooling and pharmaceutical manufacturers have advanced tablet production to ensure this demand is met. One method that has made a huge impact on tablet production is multi-tip tooling.


Although it is not a new technology, multi-tip tooling


has only been widely adopted in the pharmaceutical industry during more recent years. It has transformed the quantity of tablets produced and it is now considered the most productive form of tablet manufacture where it can be applied. Multi tips have transformed


the production of tablets into a process that allows manufacturers to deliver them quickly, effi ciently and at a lower production cost. Successful implementation of multi-tip tooling can reduce the need to invest in expensive tablet presses, therefore


reducing the overall capital spend. T e number of tool set-ups required per production batch can also be reduced and product batches are completed quickly, decreasing the overall production time. It also benefi ts tablets that need to be compressed within a very short time of the formulation being prepared.


So, what exactly is multi-tip tooling? Multi-tipped tools are punches with more than one tip, ranging from a simple two tip punch to one with, on average, 26 tips


Multi-tip tools are an obvious way to increase production


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