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RTP 9 Rotary Tablet Press

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  • 16,200 Tablets per Hour
  • RTP Specification Tooling
  • 40kN Max Pressure

The RTP9 is a sophisticated rotary tablet press that allows users to produce large volumes of top quality tablets rapidly and efficiently. Among the RTP9’s advanced features are a digital interface and convenient control console. Together, these make it easy for the operator to manage the machine without having to make time consuming and fiddly manual adjustments to bolts and screws.

With a powerful motor, variable speed control and safety cut out button, the tablet press has been built with quality and safety very much in mind. Manufactured from stainless steel to GMP standards, and with the turret completely enclosed by a clear shield, it easily meets all applicable health and safety regulations in the United Kingdom and United States. The RTP9 pill press is ideal for users who need fast, professional production of tablets from granular or powdered materials, and is particularly popular with customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and electronics industries.

To cater for the widest spectrum of applications the RTP series is available in a range of configurations. Our flagship model has nine heads, making it the best choice for rapid production. The RTP tablet press is also available in five head and seven head configurations, guaranteeing that there is a model available to suit manufacturers of almost any size.

Main benefits of the RTP9 Rotary Tablet Press:

  • digital interface for convenience and speed
  • easy to use console to control the machine without time consuming manual adjustments
  • fast, 20,000 tablets per hour maximum production
  • powerful, 1.5kW motor with easy speed control
  • high quality, stainless steel manufacture with carbon steel contact parts
  • force feeder option available for exact tablet measurement
  • Perspex shielded turret to avoid cross contamination and ensure user safety
  • immediate safety cut out button
  • automatic cut off option available
  • GMP compliant and meets all UK and US safety standards
  • choice of one phase or three phase electricity
  • choice of voltage to suit your electricity supply
  • all parts removable for quick and easy maintenance and minimum downtime
  • easily interchangeable dies available in many shapes and sizes


The RTP9 rotary tablet press’s nine cutting heads give a maximum manufacturing capacity of up to 20,000 tablets per hour. The machine has been designed to meet the need for fast production, with an emphasis on speed and simplicity. A key feature of the RTP9 tablet press is its ease of operation, carried out through a digital interface and front console which greatly simplify the tablet manufacturing process. Unlike desktop tablet presses, which require the operator to master complex manual adjustment of a multitude of bolts and nuts, the RTP9 lets you control speed, tablet size, tablet depth and punch pressure, all from the front console. This amounts to a substantial saving in time, as well as helping to achieve superior precision in the manufacturing process. To further enhance this aspect of the tablet press’s capacity, the RTP9 is available with an optional force feeder which allows for precise measurement of tablet mass. These refinements allow a single user to achieve highly efficient mass production of tablets.

This machine is engineered with safety in mind from start to finish. With its fast 1.5kW motor and a turret that rotates at 30rpm, the RTP9 tablet press is solidly built from stainless steel, with contact parts engineered from carbon steel for durability. It can also be custom built using other materials on request. A safety cut off button is installed as standard, and an automatic safety cut out function is available as an option. The tablet press also has a Perspex shield fully encasing the turret, to guard against either cross contamination of raw materials, or any risk of clothing being caught in the turret when active.

A particular benefit of the RTP9 is its low maintenance requirement, leading to maximum production. All parts are easy to access and remove, and the dies can be changed quickly and easily. There are also a large number of designs, shapes and sizes available.

RTP9 Rotary Tablet Press in Use

For anyone upgrading from a more basic model of tablet press, the RTP9 is a joy to use. Fast, hassle free and powerful, it gets the job of making tablets done in the quickest possible time. At the heart of the machine’s control system, the simple but effective front console leaves the operator free to concentrate on planning and monitoring production. Taking advantage of the wide range of available die is simple too, thanks to the speed and ease with which they can be changed. Keeping production running is effort free with this pill press, as there is just a single hopper to fill to feed all nine heads, and the electronic speed control enables you to optimize the production process to suit your conditions. For example, you can use a stronger, slower press on a product where you may be having problems with the binding, or a faster run with less pressure once you have your formula perfected and want to produce tablets full steam ahead.

The RTP9 produces tablets that are of a very high standard and a consistent weight. Its 40kN maximum pressure ensures that the tablets are well compacted and solid. The optional force feeder is well worth specifying, as it not only makes it easy to achieve exact tablet measurements every time, but it ensures excellent cost control and efficiency.

This machine has the capacity to produce both scored or unscored tablets, and tablets of irregular shape. The tablet press’s ejection mechanism is smooth and unimpeded, involving the tablets coming up out of the die, then rolling across a bar and down into an ejection tube. Such is the speed of production at maximum power that the hardest part of running this machine is keeping pace with its productivity.

Technical Specifications

The RTP9 tablet press has measurements of 1100mm x 480mm x 680mm, and weighs 260 kg. It produces a maximum pressure of 40kN and has a turret speed of 30 rpm. Its motor operates at a maximum power of 1.5 Kw. Available for either single phase or three-phase compatibility, the machine can be supplied either for 110v or 220v use.

The maximum fill depth is 15mm, and the maximum diameter for round tablets is 12mm, while for irregular shaped tablets it is 14mm. The machine produces tablets up to 6mm thick.

Our View

The RTP9 harnesses its impressive power smoothly and flexibly to produce large quantities of consistent, high quality tablets. As well as offering outstanding levels of user safety and construction, thanks to its convenient operating console the RTP9 is exceptionally simple to master and needs little training. All in all, when you add in the easy availability of dies and the fact that it is so undemanding in terms of maintenance, we don’t believe there is anything else out there to touch it. If producing tablets in volume, quickly and efficiently is your goal, then this is the tablet press to go for.

Specification Value
Product RTP 9
Tooling specification RTP Tooling
Number of dies 9
Max Pressure (kN) 40
Max Diameter of Tablet 12mm / 0.47in Round (14mm / 0.55in Irregular)
Max Fill Depth 15mm / 0.59in
Max Thickness of Tablet 6mm / 0.236in
Turret Speed (rpm) 30
Max Production Capacity Per Hour 16200
Number of Filling Stations 1
Double Layered Tablet No
Motor (kW) 1.5
Number of Phases 1
Floor Loading (Static) 0.8 kN/m2
AMP's 13
Volts 240 V (110 V on request)
Height 1100mm / 43.3in
Width 480mm / 18.89in
Depth 630mm / 24.8in
Weight 320kg / 705.5lbs
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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 countries that require a licence as far as we know are Canada and Australia.

If you are located in Canada then we recommend that you contact Health Canada prior to placing your order. Details regarding the import process can be found at the following link: Importing and registering pill presses (designated devices)

The document you need to fill out and file for a purchase originating in Australia 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 easy to use is the RTP 9 compared to the other RTP's? Is this the best RTP for a beginner?

The RTP 9 is a little more simple to use that the RTP 41 and the RTP 33 as it only has one side to tune. The RTP 10i has more information available to help you tune your press but it has a pre-pressure to tune. It is not that the machine is more or less complicated for a beginner. It really is the same. The main problem that beginners tend to have with their machines is with the formulation. If it is the customers first time pressing a tablet or if they are new to rotary presses then they really should come and see us first.

Is there a system that allows customers to check the warranty period of their machines?

In order to determine whether or not your machine is still under warranty you will need to call or email the office the machine was purchased from and provide the serial number.

Can LFA supply a die driving rod to change the tooling?

Yes, the RTP 9 comes with a die driving rod in its toolbox. It comes with all the tools you would need to perform basic tasks.

Is it possible to fit a force feeder on the RTP 9?

Yes, we have an option for a force feeder. However, this is not always recommended. It is much better if the formula that you are pressing can be free flowing. If you are not sure if you need a force feeder, then please get in contact with us about sample testing your formula.

Can a RTP9 be customized with a force feeder after it has been fitted with a gravity feeder?

It can, but it requires machine and perspex modification. If you would like this, we can source the required pieces, but we do not provide a service to modify the machine.

Can the turret shield be lifted on all 4 sides?

Yes, the turret has a perspex casing for safety. This casing is easy to open and remove so that you can perform all of the maintenance and cleaning without it being in the way.

Can you fit an electro kill switch if the turret shield is opened?

Yes, we can fit a kill switch to the turret enclosure so that it shuts it off when opened. If this is something that the you require, please let us know prior to placing your order.

Can the turret be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance?

Yes, the Turret on the RTP 9 can easily be removed. It has two 32mm nuts at the top that are concealed underneath the shrouding. After those have been removed, you will be able to lift the section that holds the top roller cam. Once this is off, the turret is free to be lifted off the machine. It is important to note that this is a two person job as the turret is very heavy.

Can I have the RTP9 built custom to have a pre-pressure feature

No, sorry. The press is simply too small. Pre-pressure is really useful for avoiding capping and making better quality tablets. If this is something that you require then the RTP 10i would be the press for you.

Can the RTP 9 be modified to press a double layer tablet?

No, the press is simply too small. If you need to make double layered tablets, then you will need a press with at least two stations on it. In the LFA range, this includes the RTP 33, RTP 41, and HSTP.

Does the RTP 9 have pre-settings?

No, the RTP 9 is an analogue press. Every time you use the press, you will need to tune it. This is done through the controls on the front. It has a digital speed control, but it this does not have the ability to save settings.

How difficult is it to switch an RTP 9 tooling to a B or D tooling?

Sorry, this is not possible at the moment.

Is it possible to purchase spare parts for RTP 9 as they are not on your website?

Yes,it is possible. If you can not find the part that you are looking for, then please let us know.

Does RTP 9 come already set up for an immediate use? (meaning just open the box and plug it in) If not, do I need an expert to be able to set it up properly?

You do not need be an expert to set the RTP 9 up. However, if this is the first time that you are making a tablet, then we recommend training at the LFA office beforehand. It is a common assumption that our machines are self-running, but this is not that case. The hardest part is formulating the correct mix.

Is it possible to connect one of your de-dusters directly to RTP 9 and make it work?

No, at the de-dusting system is not able to fit the RTP 9. We recommend using a bagless hoover instead. You will have to stop the press periodically to remove excess powders

How can you compare operating TDP and RTP machines? How does the difficulty of use compare?

The RTP 9 is easier to use. It does take longer to change the tooling. Once you have, you can tune it much more easily. It will then make four times the number of tablets per hour. It is, however, more tedious to clean and larger, making it more difficult to move.

Overall, it comes down to how many tablets you need to make and how often. If this number is more than 50,000 per week, then the RTP 9 is definitely the machine for the job.

Is the tooling for all RTP machines the same?

No, there are 3 specifications for Rotary Press Tooling and a number of different sizes that fall under them. These 3 specifications are RTP, Euro, and TSM. Under TSM and Euro tooling specifications, there are 4 common sizes: B, D, BB, and DB.

Our tooling specification guide can be found here: Tablet Press Tooling Specification Guide

Does an RTP 9 have an option of changeable speed?

Yes, the speed on the RTP 9 is adjustable from around 10 rpm to 50 rpm. It is a good rule of thumb to run your press at about 70-80% of maximum capacity, as this will allow you to make much more consistent tablets without facing problems such as capping.

Which parts of an RTP 9 need to be greased and how often?

There are a number parts on the RTP 9 that need to be greased or oiled at different times and in different ways:

Tooling - Every time the press is used, the tooling should be cleaned and lubricated. Barrel lube should be applied the barrels of the punches and grease should be applied the heads of the punches.

Upper and Lower Pressure Rollers - These both have grease nipples. We recommend topping them off every 100,000 tablets.

Worm-gear: This is in the green box in the lower section of the press. It has an oil window on the side. It should be inspected every time before starting your press. If it appears low, it should be topped off.

It is really important that the press is cleaned after every use. Leaving powder on the press can cause it to rust very easily.

More information on greasing your machine can be found here:RTP 9 Lubrication Schedule

How much easier is it to use the RTP 9 in comparison to the other RTP's? Is this the best RTP for a beginner?

The RTP 9 is a little more simple to use that the RTP 41 and the RTP 33 as it only has one side to tune. The RTP 10i has more information available to help you tune your press, but it has a pre-pressure to tune.

It is not that the machine is more or less complicated for a beginner. The biggest challenge that beginners tend to have with their machines is mix formulation. If this is your first time pressing a tablet or if you are new to rotary presses, then we recommend training at the LFA office beforehand.

What is the actual hourly output? Does the tablet size or thickness have a big impact on this?

The maximum hourly output is about 16,200 tablets per hour. This is the speed that the machine will spin with no powder in it. The size of the tablet does not have a big effect on this. What does have a big effect is powder's ability to flow. If the powder does not flow well, then you will have to reduce the speed of the press until the die bores have time to fill.

In what scenario would you recommend the RTP 9 over the RTP 33? The RTP 33 seems to have a much higher output for only a bit more in price.

The RTP 9 is much smaller than the RTP 33, which for some might be more preferable. On top of this, the RTP 9 has stainless steel surfaces. This makes it much easier to clean, making it more likely to pass food grade conditions for certifications such as GMP.

How many sets of tooling do I need to purchase to operate the machine?

To operate the machine, you need 9 sets of tooling. However, you won’t need to initially purchase any tooling for the RTP 9 since it comes installed with 8mm flat faced bevelled edge with breaker tooling as a standard. If you would like a different set of tooling, we can install this for you. You will just need to purchase it here:RTP Tooling

If you would like custom tooling, you will need to fill out a custom tooling form which can be found here:Custom Tooling Form

Does this machine need to be watched while it operates? Can it be left running unattended for any amount of time?

While it is not like the TDP 5 which has to be very closely watched, LFA does not recommend operating a press unattended at any time. In the event of a jam, the press needs to be stopped immediately.

What safety features are there on the RTP 9?

There is an emergency punch stop as well as perspex casing around the press. If you have further safety requirements, then please get in touch with us to discuss this prior to placing your order.

Does the RTP 9 tell you how many tablets you have produced?

No, the RTP 9 does not have a tablet counter. The RTP 41, RTP 10i, and HSTP do. If you do need to calculate the number of tablets produced then there are two ways to do so. By multiplying the running time (in mins) by the speed on the front panel, then multiplying that number by 9, you will get an approximate tablet count. You can also weigh the total number of tablets and then divide that number by the average tablet weight.

What's the maximum pressure when the press is running at maximum capacity?

60kn. The speed does not affect the pressure.

Does the punch need special tools for the assembly and disassembly? Will I need special tools for removing the punch?

Yes, you will need a set of special tools for a tooling change on the RTP 9. The is a die drive bar and a die ejection tool. All of the tools that you need to do a tooling change and maintain the press, in general, are included in the box when you receive the machine.

Can you put TDP tooling in the RTP 9?

No, TDP Tooling and RTP Tooling are very different. The TDP is a single station press with tooling that stays fixed in one place. The RTP 9 is a rotary press with tooling that moves around the press on something that similar to a track. As such they are very different.

What's the slowest speed that the RTP 9 runs in relation to tablets per minute?

This will depend on the pressure that you have set on the machine. It will turn at about 5-10 rpm, making 45-90 tablets per minute.

What type of tooling comes free with the press?

The press comes installed with 8mm round flat face bevelled edge with breaker line tooling. If you would like a different style of tooling, then reach out to our sales team. RTP tooling takes about 6-8 weeks to make.

What is the lifespan of the RTP tooling?

The lifetime of tooling is difficult thing to calculate. This is because it is dependent on a number of different factors.

The first thing to consider is the product that is being pressed. The softer the product, the less of a sandpaper effect it will have on the tooling. If the product is very coarse, however, then the likelihood of wear increases as it moves over the face of the upper and lower punches during compression.

The next thing that affects the life of the tooling is its shape. If the cup of the tooling is very deep, then the powder will have to move a lot further over its surface during compression. As a result, this causes more wear and shortens the life of the tooling.

The surface of the punch will also determine how long the tooling lasts. For coated tooling, the material used to coat the punches will influence the tooling's longevity. For uncoated tooling, the type of steel should be considered in relation to the tooling’s lifetime.

Ultimately, it is impossible to give an exact figure without running the tooling in a production environment.

A good rule of thumb is this:

The standard life of shelf tooling from LFA should make 2-5 million tablets.

Standard S7 tooling that has been customized will make around 10m tablets.

A well designed set of customized tooling that has been coated can make up to 65m tablets.

These estimates are applicable for tooling that has been cleaned properly and used correctly in the press.

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