Prior to the introduction of Natoli Quick-Release Tooling, researchers had to buy several different sets of tooling with different punch head configurations to change the dwell time on an R&D press. In addition to not having to incur this expense, Natoli Quick-Release Tooling eliminates the time and labor required to remove and replace multiple sets of tooling during R&D.
Natoli Quick-Release Tooling allows R&D teams to evaluate dwell times with respect to both turret speed and head flat profile by quickly and easily changing the punch heads, which are a critical component of dwell time. This permits a much more detailed analysis of a formulation's compressibility as well as greater troubleshooting capacity in the early development stages.
Being able to use different head profiles provides the unique opportunity to determine the ideal dwell time for a given formulation or product. The ability to achieve a specific dwell time is invaluable for continuous manufacturing because as powder is fed at a specific rate, there is little ability to adjust turret speed to achieve the ideal dwell time or resolve related tablet defect issues. By changing the head – which can be done simply by squeezing the tabs on the side of the barrel, removing the head, and snapping a different head into the punch barrel – it is possible to determine the ideal compression profile for a product while keeping the turret speed at the specific requirement relative to powder feed and desired tablet output.