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TDP 1.5 Desktop Tablet Press


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The TDP 1.5 is a flexible and easily managed desktop format pill press that provides remarkable levels of output, performance and overall flexibility. Able to run on both electricity and manual power, this appliance is the perfect choice for anyone who requires a high-quality press for small batch manufacturing and trial runs that makes it suitable for r & d or similar applications.

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If you have been looking for a tablet press to help you produce new products, or to test concepts before rolling them out for manufacturing, the TDP 1.5’s ability to produce a range of tablet sizes in small volumes means that this is certainly the appliance to suit your needs. Made to match the demands of laboratory and developmental tasks, instead of large scale production, the TDP 1.5 is nonetheless capable of producing any quantity from only a few tablets right up to small manufacturing runs up to 5,000 per hour.

The main benefit of this tablet press lies in its versatility, coupled with a strong feature set and the premium quality of its construct. The latter guarantees excellent reliability. For these reasons the TDP 1.5 is a popular option for use in research institutions, labs, foodstuff technology applications, pharmaceutical development, chemical plants and hospitals, or any facility where overall flexibility, simplicity of use and output are at a premium.

Main benefits of the TDP 1.5

  • Lightweight for its class
  • Compact footprint
  • Fast and reliable
  • Flexible output
  • Electric or manually powered
  • Wide raw material compatibility
  • Low-maintenance
  • Low consumption
  • Works with 200g minimum quantity of raw materials
  • Presses tablets of any shape
  • Adaptable tablet diameter, depth and hardness
  • Option to stamp designs on tablet
  • Suitable for motive or continuous sheeting

Features of the TDP 1.5 Tablet Press

The TDP 1.5 is a single punch pill press which has a maximum pressure of 15 kilonewtons. It is created to be installed on a bench, but can also easily be detached and relocated. The equipment provides an adjustable fill depth with a maximum depth of 12 mm (0.472in), and can produce tablets up to 8mm (0.315in) across and 6mm (0.236in) thick. The TDP 1.5 doesn't restrict you to standard shaped products. By simply swapping the mould on the appliance you can easily create tablets of nearly any shape you choose. Additionally you can alter the density of the pill being manufactured, and the machine provides the option for stamping designs onto the top of the pill, either to provide an appealing finish or for identification purposes. Due to the TDP 1.5’s appeal with r & d applications, several users state that they find this a helpful aspect, as it allows small quantities of pills each made up ofa different formulation to be manufactured for clinical studies.

This press is compatible with the majority of granulated or powdered materials, however it's not designed for use with excessively moist substances or superfine powders.
Designed with convenience in mind, the TDP 1.5 is known as a highly functional machine which can either be electrically powered or run in manual mode. While in manual mode, the press is powered by just turning a cranking wheel. Combined with a small base and low weight for a press of this specification, this versatility makes the TDP 1.5 more flexible and portable than other machines offering equivalent overall performance.

Technical Specifications

The TDP 1.5 press has dimensions of 700 mm x 400 mm x 800 mm or 27.5 in x 15.7 in x 31.5 in, and weighs about 53.5 kilograms (118lbs). It has a turret speed of 1400 r/min while running on electric power, and its motor runs at a maximum power of 0.75 kW for single phase use, and 0.55 kW for three-phase use. The appliance can run on mains power that supplies either 110v or 220v.

TDP 1.5 Tablet Press in Use

This press is remarkably easy to use, and in spite of its compact size it delivers several benefits that separate it from comparable equipment.

To run the press by hand you simply place the raw products in the cone-shaped container, then grasp the wheel and rotate it gently. Tablets will then appear, ready to be bottled. It can be a straightforward process that anyone can learn quickly. If you're simply making a few pills this straightforwardness really comes into its own, and is also a main feature of the equipment. Alternatively, if you need to make a more substantial batch of tablets, just plug your tablet press in and it will operate quickly and efficiently on electric power.

Producing and testing products often necessitates the development of products formulated with similar but slightly varied formulations. The TDP 1.5 includes several characteristics which makes it particularly suited to this purpose.

Thirdly, the TDP 1.5 permits you to safeguard the efficacy of the testing procedure, by ensuring that what you produce can be easily recognized. This is crucial to make sure that the correct formula is provided to the right subject. The TDP 1.5 satisfies this problem due to the ease in which you can modify the shape, size or design of the tablets you make. Providing you have got a mould for the design you would like to make, you can switch the style promptly by detaching the hopper and unscrewing the feeder mechanism.

You can also swiftly alter the density and weight of the pills you create on the TDP 1.5, merely by unscrewing a nut on the connecting rod and modifying the pressure.
Maintenance of the TDP 1.5 is undemanding too, demanding nothing more than a twice monthly assessment, and greasing and oiling of key moving components. The equipment has been built to make this schedule as simple as possible.

LFA's View

The TDP 1.5 represents exceptional value and provides unmatched adaptability. Easy servicing as well as the choice of producing small runs by hand makes this a very suitable machine to use, whilst the capability to operate on electric power and produce larger batches of 5,000 tablets an hour effectively provides two devices in one. It isn't surprising the TDP 1.5 is among the most favored machines in its class.

Name Value
Product TDP 1.5
Number of dies 1
Max Pressure (kN) 15
Max Diameter of Tablet 8mm / 0.315in
Max Fill Depth 12mm / 0.472in
Max Thickness of Tablet 6mm / 0.236in
Max Production Capacity Per Hour 5400
Number of Filling Stations 1
Double Layered Tablet No
Motor (kW) 0.55
Number of Phases 1
AMP's 13
Volts 240v (110 V on request)
Height 800mm / 31.5in
Width 400mm / 15.7in
Depth 700mm / 27.5in
Weight 53.5kg / 118lbs
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How Much Profit Will This Machine Generate?

Are you able to calculate the amount of profit your business generates per tablet? If so, this calculator will be able to tell you how many hours you will have to run this tablet press to cover its investment.

It will also be able to tell you the amount of profit it will generate every hour you run this tablet press, which makes this calculator a powerful tool when deciding on which tablet press is right for you or your business.


Profit Generated Per Hour

This machine returns it's investment in hours

What is the difference between the TDP 0, TDP 1.5, TDP 5 and TDP 6s?

This is a very common question as all of the machines are extremely similar but equally have different strengths.

The easiest way to split these up would be in to automatic anda manual machines.

The TDP 0 is the manual model and requires you to turn the handle on the side to produce the tablets. This has the least amount of pressure and is the entry-level model in to the TDP range.

The TDP 1.5, TDP 5 and TDP 6s are all automatic machines that are driven by an electric motor. The TDP 1.5 is the entry-level model in to the automatic machines it has the least pressure at 15kn it is also limited in the size of the tablets it can produce. The TDP 5 is our most popular model and can produce approximately 5,000 tablets per hour. The TDP 5 had 50kn of pressure and can produce tablets up to 22mm in diameter. The TDP 6s is the top of the range machine and is more suited to irregular shaped tablets. The TDP 6s also has slightly more pressure at 60kn and is better suited to certain products that do not form tablets as easily.

Does this machine come with free training?

Yes, we offer free training at your local LFA office. For a list of our office addresses, see here. Training is normally completed in less than one day, but please get in touch for more information.

How quickly will the press pay for itself?

We've created a calculator on our website for most of our tablet presses. See the "profit calculator" tab on the product page and enter your profit per tablet to see how many running hours the press will pay for itself and how much profit per hour it will generate.

What is your most popular press?

The TDP 5. Hands down this has been the most popular model for a while now. We do get customers coming back and upgrading to the RTP 9 (normally after a couple of years) but most customers starting off go for the TDP 5.

How do I set the pressure correctly?

The upper drift pin assembly is used to adjust the pressure. You can watch a video on this here:

Here is another video which tells you how to set up a TDP ready to press:

Do I get a die with the machine or do I have to buy it separately? Which size/shape are they?

Yes, you do get a die with the machine. Every machine comes fitted with a die.

If you would like you can get this customised with your logo or lettering but it takes 6-8 weeks.

Or, we have a standard 8mm round, bevelled edge with breaker installed in the machines in stock.

Where is this machine made and shipped from?

All of our machines are made by us, in Taiwan and are shipped to you from our nearest office.

We have offices in the UK, USA, Germany and Taiwan.

Because they are made by us we are able to control quality and give you the best support possible and because they are shipped from your local office it reduces wait times, avoids customs clearance and ensures you have support in your time zone in a language that is convenient to you.

Can I make shaped tablets? Or with a logo?

Yes, you can.

You are able to make any shaped tablet up to the maximum diameter of this tablet press which can be found under the "specifications" tab.

We are able to customise tooling to include lettering, numbering and logos. If you would like customised tooling please fill out our custom tooling form:

Does the machine need to be bolted down? Does it come with bolts to fix it to a surface?

It does not need to be, but we highly recommend it.

The machine does not come with bolts because we do not know the thickness of your surface.

If I am the new business beginner, I am not sure which machine I should go with, TDP 0, TDP 1.5, TDP 5 or TDP 6s?

Yes, this is a common question we get asked so we have to tools to help you.

A video on the differences between the different TDP's

The Right Machine For You Questionnaire -

Between these two you should get a much better idea and if not please do reach out, let us know what you are making and how many you need to make and we will help guide you through the process.

Are the TDPs CE Certified?

Yes. All TDPs are CE certified. 

Can I make food grade products on this machine? Can the it make pharmaceutical-grade tablets?

Yes, the contact surfaces are all food and pharmaceutical safe.

They are made from a combination of, stainless steel, chrome coated brass and the steel used for your tooling (often S7).

As such they are all compliant with most rules for food or pharma manufacturing.

We strongly recommend that you do check your local laws as they do vary from state to state and country to country. If in doubt reach out and we will be happy to find out.

What PPE equipment is needed with this machine?

We would recommend using, goggles, dust mask and gloves at a minimum but you may require a lot more depending on the products that you are working with and your local health and safety laws.

How often do I need to grease the machine and which parts particularly of the machine should I lubricate?

We would recommend cleaning down the machine and leaving it re-greased after every use. This will ensure the longest life possible.

When greasing the machine avoid getting any neer the tooling or pressing surfaces as this will get into your tablets and affect your powders.

Greece the top cam well and then apply a small amount to the upper drift pin assembly and the lower timing rod.

Here is a video on cleaning the TDP 5.

Do all TDPs and VICE take the same tooling?

Yes, the VICE, TDP 0, TDP 1.5, TDP 5 and the TDP 6s from LFA all take what is known as Universal TDP Tooling.

It is important to know two things. Firstly, the TDP Universal Tooling came into effect in 2018 machines brought from LFA before this time may have slightly different sizes.

We always recommend checking the size of your tooling before placing your order. Secondly, a number of companies make unofficial TDP tablet presses.

They do not always conform to the same sizes, tolerance or quality of LFA TDP’s or tooling. If you got your press from someone else other than LFA we are not able to guarantee that our tooling will fit.

Can this machine be left without an operator?


LFA does not recommend leaving any of its machines unattended without an operator ever. Even if they only need to step away for a short amount of time, the operator should turn off the machine.

This will avoid damaging it in the event that there is a jam and the operator is not there to switch it off.

What is the length of the Warranty on the TDP Range?

The warranty on any of the TDP range is 1 year from the date of purchase.

The warranty covers all spare parts but does not cover the labour to fit them in the event that you would like LFA to perform the work.

Full details on the LFA warranty can be found here:

Which parts wear most often and I should keep regular stock of?

There are a number of wear including the boot, tooling and bushings.

We would recommend that you keep at least 1 set of tooling in stock as this can easily be broken. It is also a good idea to keep a boot in stock as well.

This way you can keep production going and your business doesn't come to a stop while you wait for spare parts.

LFA does aim to hold all major spare parts in stock and ready to ship out to you in the event you need them. The lead times on the tooling, however, can be 6-8 weeks.

How would I know if TDP 1.5 has enough power for my product or if I should get a TDP 5 or TDP 6s?

The easiest thing to do is send LFA some of your product for us to test.

This is not a free service, we do charge for this but it could save you buying the wrong machine.

More information can be found on this service here:

Can I come to one of your facility for training with my own formula?

Yes, you can but there are a number of requirements that we need to fulfil first.

You will need to contact our team and provided them with a copy of all of your MSDS for all of the components of your mix.

We need to have a good understanding of your business and the challenges you are facing.

You will also need to book an appointment with the office that you would like to visit.

For more information please get in contact with the team:

Can I get support from LFA if I face problems with making tablets?

Yes. Very easily.

We have free lifetime technical support for all machines sold by LFA.

Just contact us with your machine serial number and we would be happy to help you with any problems.

Can I order custom tooling?

Yes. You can order custom tooling here

Is the TDP 1.5 a TDP 0 with an electrical motor attached to it?

No. It is not they are completely different presses.

What particle size will work on this machine?

As with any tablet press, it is good to have a particle size of around 80-60 mesh.

This would be large enough to avoid large losses and small enough to flow well through the machine. If the powder is finer than this then you are going to experience a larger level of loss.

If the particles are larger than this then it might not flow through the machine well and get caught as it is trying to enter into the die bore.

This being said every powder is very different and you will need to do tries to work out what is best for them.

What technical support and training comes with this machine?

There are a number of ways we are able to support you:

  • Every machine comes with a full manual to be emailed to you after purchase.
  • There is a large range of video tutorials to teach you how to use the press.
  • The machine comes with lifetime technical support, you can call, Skype or email to get answers to your questions and problems.
  • We also offer free training at any one of our regional offices.

If after all of this you are still struggling to use your press then we are able to come to you.

This is a service we do charge for.

More information on this can be found here:

Can you set this machine up for an X mg tablet weight?

Yes, the TDP range all have a weight adjustment for it.

It is the bottom of the two cogs on the lower drift pin assembly.

Here is a link to a video showing you how to tune up the TDP 5:

It is important to know that the exact weight of each tablet will vary from tablet to tablet.

A well-homogenized mix that has a consistent granule size should be able to achieve an accuracy of +/- 3% or less.

Would it help if we granulate the mix first?

It is always best to granulate your mix.

Granulation can be expensive and difficult so a lot of people do try to avoid it.

LFA does not sell granulation equipment and we are not really able to make recommendations as to how to granulate your mix.

If you would like to find out if your mix needs granulation then we do have a tablet formulation service available.

You can find out more about the tablet formulation service here:

What should we do if we don't want to use any excipients, especially binders?

Get a capsule filler.

You will not be able to make tablets.

Click here for more information

What plug does this machine come with?

We send out all machines with the local plug on and set up to run on the local power supply.

Do I need a license to own this machine?

That depends on the country you are located in.

In the EU and UK no. You do not need anything to buy the press.

In the USA we have to file a piece of paperwork with the federal government when we sell the press.

We, however, do all of this paperwork for you and do not need to do anything.

The only country that requires a licence as far as we know is Australia.

The document you need to fill out and file is called a B712 it can be found at: If you would like to speak with one of our team about this then please get in contact.

How do you move/install this machine?

There is a bolt eyelet on the top of the machine.

We recommend using an engine hoist to lift the machine off the shipping crate and into the position that you are going to use it in.


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