How to optimise production by using the correct tablet tooling
Enhancing the production of pharmaceutical tablets is extremely important in modern manufacturing processes and companies will go to great lengths to ensure production runs efficiently in order to stay competitive. As time and capital implications become drivers within the production of solid dosage forms, investigation into improving production methods is pursued. One area that can have a substantial impact on productivity is ensuring tablet tooling is optimised to give the best performance and durability. Here, Alex Bunting discusses important features to consider in tablet production.
Get in shape
Establishing the appropriate tablet shape and profile is key to finding a successful tooling specification that will optimise production. A well‑designed tablet will not only maximise production but will increase overall quality. It also helps to avoid downstream manufacturing problems such as tablet sticking, picking, lamination, capping and premature tooling failures.
The choice of shape can affect production and the speed at which the tablet is manufactured. If a complex design is selected over a ‘standard’ shape – for example, an oval form – there are many more factors to consider, as it must still be producible and robust. Selecting a badly designed or incorrect shape for the formulation being compressed can have a negative impact on production.