Understanding die fill variation during mini-tablet production

In this study, flow properties of different types of granules were characterised. Mini-tablets of 1.8 and 3mm diameters were prepared from the granules using a rotary press with multiple-tip compression tooling. A methodology was established to evaluate mini-tablet die fill variation within and across compaction cycles using data from compression roller displacement and mini-tablet weight. Both sizes of mini-tablets showed similar extents of inter-cycle weight variation that could be associated with granules’ inter-particulate friction. However, smaller mini-tablets had higher intra-cycle weight variation due to their narrower die orifices. Multivariate and univariate analyses suggested that gravity fill influenced intra-cycle weight variation of 3mm mini-tablets while suction fill was associated with that of 1.8mm mini-tablets. Possible differences in die fill mechanisms between the mini-tablet sizes were identified and this provided a better insight into die fill variations during the production of mini-tablets. Graphical abstract
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