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Tableting Technicians

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.

Tool Steel

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 tableting@wilsontool.com or 800-467-8444.

JOIN US AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS

Interphex

TOOLING SCIENCE AT INTERPHEX
This April, visit the Wilson Tool International booth (#1965) at INTERPHEX, a premier event for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Our tooling technicians will help you explore how to maximize your tablet outcomes using tooling science.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to tablet manufacture. That’s why a collaborative approach that explores the right tool steel, coating formulation and design for your application will keep your presses running at optimal productivity.

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CPhI Happy Hour

HAPPY HOUR DURING CPhI NORTH AMERICA
Join Wilson Tool International on Wednesday, May 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the top of the 360 Chicago Building for drinks and hors d’oeuvres during CPhI North America. Connect and collaborate with other pharmaceutical industry professionals in a smaller, more personal setting during the industry’s fastest growing trade show. This is your chance to meet with others working in the pharmaceutical supply chain and get to know the team at Wilson Tool.

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Tablet Training Event

FREE TABLETING CUSTOMER TRAINING AT WILSON TOOL
Join us June 11-12 for a free, one-and-a-half day training event at our global headquarters in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. We’ll explore tablet design, tablet tooling design, troubleshooting and more through hands-on learning in a small group environment. Senior tooling engineer and experienced trainer, Todd Martin, and tablet tooling sales engineer, Mike Beyl, will lead the training. Both have extensive training and knowledge in tooling and manufacturing. You’ll get to know Wilson Tool leadership and the team from the tableting division during a casual happy hour at the conclusion of day one. On day two, you’ll have the opportunity to tour our manufacturing facility.

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TIME-SAVING TOOLING SERVICES

Tablet Tooling Services Flyer

You have more important things to do than worry about tracking tool inspections, stocking and maintenance for your tablet tooling. Save time and improve efficiency with tooling services from Wilson Tool.

When you need replacement tooling fast, we offer two stocking programs to help you maintain press uptime. Consider our Standard Stocking Program for high-usage punch blanks or our individualized Custom Stocking Program for unique, proprietary punches and dies.

To ensure the accuracy of your tooling, we offer automated punch and die inspection using an automatic coordinate measuring machine (CMM). We also provide free certification reports with every order detailing the critical dimensions of your tool.

To learn more about tooling services for tablet tooling, download the flyer.

GET TO KNOW WILSON TOOL INTERNATIONAL
MIKE BEYL, TABLET TOOLING SPECIALIST

Mike Beyl

Mike joined Wilson Tool in 2004 and has worked as sales engineer in the stamping, bending and punching divisions before becoming a tablet tooling specialist.

He is most proud of his work to develop a new territory as well as developing a sales training program for the Tablet Tooling Division. But for Mike one of the best things about working in outside sales is the people you meet.

“Sure, you get to work on projects like the newest electric car or the next top pharmaceutical, but it’s the people we meet while working on these projects that make the job so much more satisfying,” said Beyl.

“I remember a year after I first started with Wilson Tool, my manager was traveling with me in California. When your manager travels with you it can be a bit nerve-racking because you want to show you’re doing well and taking care of your customers. One of the better things is at the end of a long day, he always takes you to a good dinner,” said Beyl “It was my turn to pick the place and I said I knew a place with the best food that is the most unique restaurant in town. My manager said, ‘Okay, let’s see what you got.’ Fifteen minutes later we arrived at one of my accounts and he said, ‘I thought we saw all the customers for the day.’ I said we did, we are eating here. The two guys who ran that tool room made the best food in town in the back of their shop.”

“After a great meal and spending some time with some great guys, my manager told me he would trust all my future restaurant choices,” Beyl continued. “Some 14 years later both men are retired, but we still keep in touch and meet for lunch or dinner whenever we can. Just at our houses instead of the tool room.”

When he is not at work, Mike enjoys recreational sailing as well as racing sail boats. He also likes traveling to learn about new places and cultures.

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INTERPHEX
April 2-4, New York City

CPhI North America
April 30-May 2, Chicago

Wilson Tool CPhI Happy Hour
May 1, Chicago

Customer Training Event
June 11-12, Minnesota