Visual of Tool Damage Guide
President Dale Natoli, along with a number of senior directors at Natoli Engineering, recently visited a major pharmaceutical manufacturer to assist in plant assessment and to provide recommendations. Upon reviewing the tooling in place, it was brought to our attention that the tablet press operators were not familiar with wear patterns on punches or when to discard them.
A visual aid was requested to assist the press operators. A poster was developed showing five levels of wear on three of the most common tooling problems — cup land, tip edge and head pitting.