There are 2 types of tablet presses: single-punch and rotary tablet presses. Most high speed tablet presses take the form of a rotating turret that holds any number of punches and dies. As they rotate around the turret, the punches come into contact with cams which control the vertical position of each punch. Tablets produced by a rotary tablet press are compressed into uniform size, shape and weight making it the preferred machine for large-scale manufacture as it also produces more tablets than single punch machines.
As the influx of new products invade the tablet press industry today, tablet manufacturers together with tooling vendors are constantly innovating the tablet compression technology. The article below discusses how the industry uses technology in determining the maximum compression force for tooling equipment.
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