Since its launch, the I Holland Tool Management System (IH-TMS) has taken off with hundreds of installations around the world. IH-TMS is an affordable standalone tooling management system with a tool measurement capability. It has been developed to encourage proactive monitoring of tool rotations, tooling inventory and tooling maintenance. Design features also allow you to keep a detailed record of your tooling from inception all the way to when the tooling is out of manufacture. All the information is fully recorded on a simple, multi-language user interface and provides a fully 21 CFR Part 11 compliant audit trail.
Tracking the punches and dies used to make pharmaceutical tablets, nutraceutical supplements and confectionary products are subject to legislation and audit compliance in almost all countries around the world. However, not only is it a legal requirement, tool management also makes good financial sense. If you can manage and optimise your tablet production assets you will reduce downtime and increase productivity… the equation really is that simple.
System is fully adaptable to any language or any script (Right to Left or Left to Right)
Over compression, repair and replacement prompts allowing planned tool maintenance and replacement
Full tooling inventory allowing life-cycle management
System is 21 CFR Part 11 Compliant with comprehensive document management and audit trail
Tool Management Packages
This entry level package includes a compact yet powerful touch screen PC and camera system enabling you to manage and keep a visual record of your tooling inventory.
Full system as IH-TMS Starter plus contact length measuring. This package contains all the benefits of the starter package but with a length measuring gauge which sends information directly to the tool management system.
Full system as IH-TMS Starter, plus this package comes with a laser measuring instrument. This allows for very accurate non-contact length measuring, eliminating the possibility of the probe marking the punch tip face.
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Collaborating With Lilly Spain - The Challenge
Pharmaceutical companies are constantly regulated, both internally and externally, to ensure they are in compliance with good manufacturing practices – This entails providing a complete audit trail of all machinery and equipment used.
Lilly Spain previously used a tool management system to comply with regulations. However, the software is now an old US-based system that is no longer supported and maintained. Furthermore, key requirements, such as traceability features for individual punches, are unavailable without costly and time consuming, advanced technical support and guidance.
Lilly Spain required more from their system and had a few goals in mind that influenced their decision making process.
The Solution - I Holland Tool Management System
Goal - Monitor Tooling Life
When choosing a new management system, Lilly Spain identified four main goals that the software should help it achieve. The first is the ability to monitor tooling life starting from when it receives the tooling set from the manufacturer until the time the set is disposed of and no longer in use. The benefit of this is to accurately predict when new tooling will need to be replaced and to not lose any time and/or money on tablet press downtime.
Goal - Ongoing Technical Support
Lastly, Lilly Spain required a new software supplier that was able to produce the assistance and technical support its previous systems manufacturer could no longer provide. Therefore, a key consideration when buying a new management system was ongoing trust in the supplier and the confidence that guidance would be provided by I Holland staff whilst Lilly learnt to use the software. IH-TMS satisfied this goal with the use of modern 64 bit Windows 10 technology that will be supported for years to come.
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