The demand for dietary supplements is increasing as consumers’ interest in healthy living grows. This is putting pressure on tablet manufacturers to produce quality tablets efficiently and economically. This can be extremely challenging because the natural ingredients in dietary supplements are usually unrefined, abrasive, corrosive and hard, making the formulations difficult to compress into quality tablets.
In this paper we look at the proactive steps required to combat the problems faced during nutraceutical production. This includes reviewing the design of the tablet including its shape and profile, and evaluating the properties of the steel used to produce the punches and dies to ensure that the tooling will be up to the task of tableting aggressive nutraceutical formulations.