USE TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Choosing the right tablet compression tooling has implications beyond improving productivity and increasing tool life. The tooling you choose may impact the ultimate success or failure of a tablet during or even after production. Establishing a relationship with a tablet tooling manufacturer early in the product development process can help prevent possible pitfalls.
At Wilson Tool, our highly skilled design engineers work with customers throughout the development process to get to know your specific application and recommend the right solution. Our team utilizes over 50 years of experience in a variety of tooling industries and applies that knowledge to better understand your needs and help you identify potentially costly production problems before they occur.
Next to the design of the tablet itself, the importance of tool design, steel quality, and the heat treatment process in tablet compression tooling cannot be overstated. Our tooling is manufactured to strict specifications using high quality tool steels and industry-leading heat treatment processes to ensure the tablet tooling you receive achieves the highest level of accuracy, efficiency and longevity.
EXPERT TOOL DESIGN
Tablet design and the selection of tooling options is essential in making a good quality product for a specific application. Successful tablet design balances tool strength with tablet requirements as well as coating and compression concerns. The engineering team at Wilson Tool has decades of experience working with manufacturers to optimize tablet designs and solve tooling issues. We produce precision engineered components that meet your unique performance specifications to achieve high speed production while maintaining consumer safety.
Our sales engineers partner with you throughout the tablet design process to answer questions and make recommendations that will save you time and money. Additionally, we offer an array of tablet design services, including finite element analysis (FEA), virtual or plastic tablet design samples, and a closely managed process for approving design drawings and changes.
CLEANER TOOL STEELS
Steel grades, as determined by the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), indicate how much of each element is present in given steel, which is an important factor in the quality of the steel. However, the performance of steel is much more dependent on the hardness, cleanliness and grain structure.
Cleanliness refers to how many inclusions, or air gaps, and contaminants, such as sulfides, are in the steel. Clean steel is stronger, can be polished to a higher finish, wears better, and performs better than lower rated steel. The steel industry follows a cleanliness rating system called ASTM E45 to determine the inclusion content of steel. The lower the number, the better the cleanliness of the steel. Wilson Tool follows a cleanliness standard that meets or exceeds the industry norms.
MORE POWERFUL HEAT TREATMENT
The heat treatment process used during tooling production determines the hardness and structure of the steel. The process of exposing the tooling to extreme heat alters the structure (or microstructure) in the steel to produce a more uniform hardness resulting in a much stronger piece of tooling with less residual stress.
Earlier heat treatment systems were open to air, which resulted in a layer of scale on the outside of the parts. Today’s modern vacuum heat treatment systems remove all oxygen during the process to minimize scale and produce a much smoother finish. Wilson Tool operates a 6-bar vacuum furnace with powerful vacuum pressure that provides a much better grain structure in the steel. The results are significantly stronger tools that perform better for your needs.
To learn more about the technical advantages of working with Wilson Tool, contact our tooling technicians at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-467-8444.