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Tool Life Expectancy In Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Source: Natoli Engineering Company, Inc.
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HOW LONG SHOULD A SET OF TOOLS LAST?

This is one of the most common questions asked of tooling vendors. The answer is dependent on many factors, including: tablet configuration, characteristics of the material being compressed, and steel type of the tooling. When evaluating the life of punches and dies, several steps can be taken to prolong and protect your investment.

HOW TO RECEIVE THE LARGEST RETURN FROM A TOOLING INVESTMENT: MAINTAIN YOUR TABLET COMPRESSION TOOLING

Tooling is a significant investment for companies. Individual punches and dies may represent a small portion of production costs in relation to the purchase and maintenance of the equipment, such as fluid bed dryers and tablet presses. However, over the life of a product, many sets of tooling will be necessary amounting to a sizable expenditure. Excessively worn or improperly maintained tools could create a tremendous liability to the production team by creating a perception of poor quality to the consumer. Tablet manufacturers will receive the most use and highest quality tablets from their tooling if the tools are properly maintained.

Natoli Engineering Company, Inc.