One of the most common questions to ask tooling vendors is: “How long should a set of tools last?” The answer depends on a host of factors: tablet configuration, characteristics of the material being compressed, lubrication of the punches, compression force, press cleanliness, and steel type, just to name a few.
Properly maintained tools result in tablet manufacturers producing the highest quality tablets preferred by consumers. While tooling is a significant investment, individual punches and dies represent a small portion of production costs in relation to the purchase and maintenance of machines. The minor costs include fluid bed dryers, tablet presses, coating, and packaging equipment. However, the many sets of necessary tooling may amount to a sizable expenditure over the life of a product. Excessively worn or improperly maintained tools create a tremendous liability because they create a perception of poor quality in consumers’ minds.
Learn how you can prolong and protect your investment by evaluating the life of punches and dies.