By Dale Natoli, Vice President
Multi-tip tooling isn’t new to the pharmaceutical industry; the unique tool configuration has been used for more than 150 years. At the start of the tablet compression industry, single-station tablet presses were used in production and were commonly outfitted with multi-tip tooling to increase tablet production and reduce labor, maintenance, energy, space requirements, and the number of presses.
When the high-speed 16-station rotary tablet press was introduced in the late 1800s, the singlestation press and multi-tip tooling lost popularity.
Soon after the introduction of the rotary tablet press, the industrial, confectionery, and food industries implemented multi-tip tooling, and today the pharmaceutical industry is following suit.
Multi-tip tooling is available in two common configurations: assembly (or multi-piece) and solid. When choosing the configuration, consider the tool type, tablet size, and the number of tips per punch. Also consider tool handling practices, cleaning, and inspection. The supplier will help you decide which configuration is best.