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Glass Preforms - Smaller Than Small

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14 April 2015 No comments

Glass Preforms - Smaller Than Small

When people first think of tablet or pill presses they think pharmaceuticals, supplements, vitamins and minerals or just flat out medicine.

But that is not always the case.

Since 2009 when LFA Machines was first started we have worked with 100’s of products from a range of different industries. Some of the strangest projects include: chemicals for cleaning pools, mettle dental implants, ceramic mosaic tiles even the ball points of a ballpoint pens.

But one of the hardest things we ever worked with where glass preforms.

The company that we were working with had been making glass preforms for a long time. They made the base of light bulbs and parts on circuit boards. For this project however they needed to make micro glass performs. It was the same in theory however the smaller that you need to go the harder it can become.

The preforms were designed to connect the two ends of a fiber optic cable together. So really about as small as you can get.

There are two problems that we faced Pressing such a small tablet.

Firstly, the tolerances on the machine need to be extremely tight. When the item you are pressing is less than a 1mm across even the smallest change can be a big problem.

The second problem to overcome was, on a tablet press all of the pressure goes through the punch set for every tablet that is made. This means that the tooling needs to be extremely tough. So that over time it does not bend, chip or break.

However using a modified DTP and custom tooling we were able to overcome the problems of how to produce a tiny perform.

It does not matter how unique your problem is we want to help. We enjoy the feeling that comes from being set a challenge, overcoming it and helping you in your business.

So if you have a problem that you think that we can help with please do get in contact.

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