By Stephen Natoli
Implementing a cleaning procedure is essential to maintaining your tablet tooling and presses. Dirty tools cause tableting and product quality-related problems, such as sticking & picking. Keeping tools clean also decreases premature tool, turret and cam wear, and reduces the risk of product cross-contamination. While most cleaning methods can achieve similar results, utilizing an automated cleaning system, such as an ultrasonic wash with rinse and dryer, can ensure tooling is properly cleaned and dried consistently with limited handling and potential for damage. A warm air-drying process is ideal for preventing moisture and corrosion by pushing warm air through areas, such as key slots, punch cups, and die bores, that may not be dried properly with a traditional towel or cloth.