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What is tip clearance, and how does it affect tablet production?

Tip clearance can affect tablet production in a number of ways, including product yield, tablet output, and quality.

December 9, 2019

For tablet press tooling, tip clearance is the difference in size between the punch tip and the die bore, which allows the punch to move freely within the die bore during operation. Tip clearance can affect tablet production in a number of ways, including product yield, tablet output, and quality. Operating a tablet press using incorrect tip clearances can cause the tooling to bind.
 
Clearance values for tablet press tooling on the market vary substantially depending on the reference source the tooling supplier uses. Sources include the Tableting Specification Manual (TSM); ISO 18084-2011: Press tools for tablets—Punches and dies; and the EU standard for tooling as well as tablet press manufacturers and the tooling suppliers themselves.

Read the full Q&A in the December 9, 2019 Tablets & Capsules Solid Does Digest

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