TDP 5 Desktop Tablet Press
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- 4,800 Tablets per Hour
- 50 kN of Pressure
- Parts Diagram and Full List
Manufactured by LFA in Taiwan, the TDP 5 has been built to the most rigorous standards of manufacture and efficiency. We use only the highest quality parts so your TDP 5 will continue to produce pharmaceutical-grade tablets for years to come.
The TDP 5 is LFA’s most popular tablet press because of its improvements in quality and ability to get your business or concept off the ground.
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This information will help you figure out what the TDP 5 can do for you or your project.
If you are looking for a tablet press to help you develop new pills, or to test concepts prior to rolling them out for production, the TDP 5’s ability to produce a wide range of tablet sizes in small quantities means that this is definitely the machine for you. Designed to suit the needs of the laboratory and developmental work, rather than large scale manufacturing, the TDP 5 is nevertheless capable of producing any quantity from just a few tablets all the way up to small production runs of up to 4,800 tablets an hour.
The appeal of this tablet press lies in its versatility, combined with a strong feature set and the high quality of its manufacture. The latter ensures excellent reliability. For all these reasons the TDP 5 is a popular choice for use in research institutes, laboratories, food technology applications, pharmaceutical development, chemical plants and hospitals, or any location where flexibility, ease of use and speed are at a premium.
Main Benefits of the TDP 5 Tablet Press:
- Affordability - Click on the “profit calculator” tab above and see for yourself how fast this pill press will pay for itself. This is a profit-generating machine and few investments exist that pay for themselves this quickly.
- Training - We offer free training at an LFA facility with every purchase. Although most customers prefer to use our video tutorial database.
- Lifetime support - If you have never pressed a tablet before, you may get stuck along the way. That’s where LFA comes in. We offer lifetime support. If you have any problems with production, you can phone or email us. We probably already have the solution ready to send to you.
- Great For Developing New Products - The TDP 5 works with just 200g of raw materials. If you’re on a budget, this means you won’t have to waste expensive active ingredient before you know your tabletting mix will press properly.
- Press Tablets Of Any Shape - To help you stand out from the competition, you can choose a shape and size that feels right for your brand.
- Easy To Change Tooling - If you’re creating multiple products, tooling can be changed easily and quickly to keep downtime low. See a video tutorial here
- 4,800 Tablets Per Hour - While the TDP 5 is designed for small batch runs and R&D, but if your business grows fast, the TDP 5 will be able to keep up with the demand for a time while you look into rotary tablet presses.
- Choose Your Tablet Weight & Size - The TDP 5’s fill depth is 18mm, meaning there is plenty of room for an effective dose of your active ingredient. This tutorial video explains setting up and controlling your tablet weight.
- Tutorials - The TDP range requires slightly more from the operator than the RTP range. That’s why we’ve created over 75+ tutorial videos on every aspect of creating your tablets on the TDP 5, as well as tackling the most common problems. Find them here.
Improvements From The Old TDP 5
- Longer Lasting - The TDP 5 is manufactured by Computer Numerical Control technology meaning there is no manual process in manufacturing. Every part has been built to high tolerances.
- Easily See Powder Flowability - The boot and hopper are made out of clear food-grade plastic so that they’re dishwashable, and so you can see how well the powder flows.
- Produces Thicker Tablets - The fill depth has increased by 50% to 18mm, meaning you’ll be able to produce thicker tablets with more active ingredient.
- Longer Lasting Paintwork - The paintwork has been upgraded to 3 layers of hard enamel. It’s longer-lasting and less likely to chip than the previous version of the TDP 5.
- Rust Resistant - All parts are coated from rust-resistant materials so your TDP 5 lasts longer.
- The motor is quieter, vibrates less, is more efficient and CE certified - The motor is much higher quality.
- More Power - The belt converts more torque to the upper cam and is, therefore, more efficient, and will last much longer.
- Much Easier To Transport - The shipping box fits pump trucks to make transportation much easier and safer.
- Safer To Operate - CE certified electrics makes operating the TDP 5 safe.
How Much Training Do I Need To Operate The TDP 5?
So that people who have never pressed a tablet before can use the TDP 5, we’ve created a video tutorial on everything you will need to know to produce tablets on your TDP 5. You can find these videos here.
With the tutorial videos and training either over skype or at our facility, you will absolutely be able to operate the TDP 5. It is a relatively simple tablet press and around 80% of our customers have never used a tablet pressed before making their purchase.
We’re also able to send one of our engineers to your location to train you and your staff for an additional fee. For more information, please get in touch.
The TDP 5 tablet press has measurements of 700 mm x 400 mm x 800 mm, and weighs 125 kg (275.5lbs). It has a turret speed of 1400 r/min when running on electricity, and its motor operates at a maximum power of 0.75 kW for single phase use, and 0.55 kW for three-phase use. The machine can run on mains power that supplies either 110v or 220v.
TDP 5 Tablet Press in Use
This tablet press is exceptionally easy to use, and despite its small size it offers a number of advantages that distinguish it from comparable machines.
To run the pill press by hand you simply place the raw materials in the cone-shaped container, then grasp the wheel and turn it gently. Your newly made tablets will then appear, ready to be bottled. It is a simple process that anyone can learn quickly. If you are just making a few tablets this simplicity really comes into its own and is a key feature of the machine. Alternatively, if you need to produce a larger batch of tablets, just plug your machine in and it will run quickly and smoothly on electric power.
Developing and testing pills often requires the creation of tablets containing similar but slightly different formulations. The TDP 5 includes several features that make it especially suited to this role.
Firstly, it is a highly efficient tablet press whose low consumption helps you achieve more pills from a set amount of raw material. Secondly, a particular advantage of the TDP 5 is that it can be operated using a minimum quantity of just 200g of material. This is perfect for research or developmental work, where you may just want to press a few tablets for initial testing purposes. Later, once you have identified promising formulations, you can use the TDP 5 to run off larger batches for distribution in full-scale testing.
Research And Development
When developing tablets you are often going to need to create different batches of tablets with slightly different formulations to find the most optimal. How well you can develop your product using focus groups and other testing methods is ultimately going to determine your product’s success.
The TDP 5 tablet press is exceptionally efficient in this practise because it only requires 200g of raw materials so that you can produce just a few tablets for initial testing. Once the promising formulations have been identified you can run the TDP 5 at 4,800 tablets per hour for larger batches.
The TDP 5 makes it easy to quickly change tooling. See how easy it is to do here.
Our TDP 5’s are in stock at all times in our UK, US and Taiwan offices and we automatically dispatch from the office nearest to you so that it arrives as quickly and safely as possible. For more details, see our shipping page
Is The TDP 5 The Right Tablet Press For Me?
The TDP 5 is for the small business or entrepreneur looking for a flexible tablet press to develop and produce tablets. The TDP 5 is so popular for the above because of the large maximum diameter and respectable output, making it is hard to go wrong with the TDP 5.
In summary, the TDP 5 is the most versatile and flexible TDP tablet press we have, and unless you need to produce large and shaped tablets, a GMP compliant tablet press or produce large batches, this is the right pill press for you.
|Number of dies||1|
|Max Pressure (kN)||50|
|Max Diameter of Tablet||20mm / 0.79in|
|Max Fill Depth||18mm / 0.71in|
|Max Thickness of Tablet||8mm / 0.315in|
|Max Production Capacity Per Hour||4,800|
|Number of Filling Stations||1|
|Double Layered Tablet||No|
|Number of Phases||1|
|Volts||240v (110 V on request)|
|Height||800mm / 31.5in|
|Width||400mm / 15.7in|
|Depth||700mm / 27.5in|
|Weight||125kg / 275lbs|
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: www.lfamachines.com/custom-tooling
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.
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 www.lfatabletpresses.com/videos/tdp-range
The Right Machine For You Questionnaire - https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/tablet-press-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.
Yes. All TDPs are CE certified.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/warranty
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.
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: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/contact
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.
Yes. You can order custom tooling here
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.
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: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/services
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dTscUdRJzQ
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.
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: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/services
Get a capsule filler.
You will not be able to make tablets.
Click here for more information https://www.lfacapsulefillers.com/
We send out all machines with the local plug on and set up to run on the local power supply.
The TDP 5 is an incredibly hardy little machine.
Not only that but it has a very basic mechanical process. While parts can break and wear over time the cost of replacing them is normally very low. We have known customers to have done 100,000’s of tablets on the TDP 5.
This having been said it is still just an R&D and small batch machine. We would not recommend using it for making large batches.
The reason for this is that it is slow at only 5000 per hour and if you do run it constantly then you are going to be replacing a lot of parts on it. The life of the TDP 5 can easily be in the millions of tablets if well looked after and maintained.
We would recommend a batch of around 5,000 once per day.
It is a balance. If you stop and start the motor then you are likely to wear it out. If you run the press for long periods of time then as it heats up parts will expand the grease will thin and the wear on the machine will increase.
Yes, but not pharmaceuticals it is not compliant with cGMP standards.
If you need a cGMP compliant machine then the best desktop for this is the DTP 12 or 25. LFA is of the understanding that the TDP 5 can be used to make food products and supplements.
It is worth checking with your local food regulators if they have recommendations as to cleaning procedures. It is also worth inquiring about their specific regulations as each territory and regulating body has slightly different requirements.
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: https://www.abf.gov.au/form-listing/forms/b712.pdf If you would like to speak with one of our team about this then please get in contact.
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.