Frequently Asked Questions

Are the TDPs CE Certified?

Yes. All TDPs are CE certified. 

Are all excipients safe for all ages to consume?

Yes, it does not matter what age, size or sex the person is consuming the products. It is, however, important to check the intolerance data.

What are the colours that are used in Firmapress?

We use a product called Aluminum Lakes. You can share this with customers.

Can I order custom tooling?

Yes. You can order custom tooling here

Does Firmapress work with pet vitamins/supplements/products?

Yes, it is totally harmless to animals as well as humans. It can be used in any products.

Where is this machine made and shipped from?

All of our machines are made by us, in Taiwan and are shipped to you from our nearest office.

We have offices in the UK, USA, Germany and Taiwan.

Because they are made by us we are able to control quality and give you the best support possible and because they are shipped from your local office it reduces wait times, avoids customs clearance and ensures you have support in your time zone in a language that is convenient to you.

Can I get a better price than is listed on the website?

Yes, we have bulk pricing for all of our excipients and it can be found in this section. We offer bulk in 500kg, 1 ton, 2 ton and 5 ton lots. The prices are set on these quantities as it is the amounts that will fit on pallets.

Firmapress
Weight Price £ Price $ Price €
500kg 5,808.23 7,500.00 6,632.40
1 Ton 10,842.02 14,000.00 12,380.48
2 Ton 20,135.18 26,000.00 22,992.32
5 Ton 46,465.80 60,000.00 53,059.20

Microcrystalline Cellulose
Weight Price £ Price $ Price €
500kg 2,230.36 2,880.00 2,546.84
1 Ton 3,568.57 4,608.00 4,074.95
2 Ton 6,245.00 8,064.00 7,131.16
5 Ton 14,497.33 18,720.00 16,554.47

Dicalcium Phosphate
Weight Price £ Price $ Price €
500kg 1,626.30 2,100.00 1,857.07
1 Ton 2,602.08 3,360.00 2,971.32
2 Ton 4,553.65 5,880.00 5,199.80
5 Ton 10,570.97 13,650.00 12,070.97

Magnesium Stearate
Weight Price £ Price $ Price €
500kg 1,053.22 1,360.00 1,202.68
1 Ton 1,685.16 2,176.00 1,924.28
2 Ton 2,949.03 3,808.00 3,367.49
5 Ton 6,845.96 8,840.00 7,817.39

Silicon Dioxide
Weight Price £ Price $ Price €
500kg 3,670.80 4,740.00 4,191.68
1 Ton 5,873.28 7,584.00 6,706.68
2 Ton 10,278.23 13,272.00 11,736.70
5 Ton 23,860.19 30,810.00 27,245.90

Lactose Powder
Weight Price £ Price $ Price €
500kg 3,330.05 4,300.00 3,802.58
1 Ton 5,328.08 6,880.00 6,084.12
2 Ton 9,324.14 12,040.00 10,647.21
5 Ton 21,645.32 27,950.00 24,716.74

Dextrose Monohydrate
Weight Price £ Price $ Price €
500kg 1,115.18 1,440.00 1,273.42
1 Ton 1,784.29 2,304.00 2,037.47
2 Ton 3,122.50 4,032.00 3,565.58
5 Ton 7,248.66 9,360.00 8,277.24

Is Firmapress gluten free?

Yes, there are not traces of Gluten in any of the products used to make Firmapress.

What is the length of the Warranty on the TDP Range?

The warranty on any of the TDP range is 1 year from the date of purchase.

The warranty covers all spare parts but does not cover the labour to fit them in the event that you would like LFA to perform the work.

Full details on the LFA warranty can be found here: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/warranty

Dissolving rate? Any known factors that can affect the rate, speed up or slow down the breakdown of a tablet?

Yes. There are two things at play here. You can get hygroscopic and hydrophobic excipients. Hygroscopic means that they take on water quickly, while hydrophobic means that they repel water.

There are products know as supper disintegrants. These products help the breakdown of tablets. At the moment LFA does not sell any supper disintegrants.

Magnesium stearate is hydrophobic this means that it will slow the breakdown of a tablet.

However, it is used in such small amounts that most of the time it will not make a difference to our customer's products. If they would like to be sure then they should conduct what is known as a disintegration test.

What plug does this machine come with?

We send out all machines with the local plug on and set up to run on the local power supply.

What is the minimum mixing ratio of Firmapress in a tablet?

20%. If you go much below this % then you might need to add extra lubricants. However, this is very dependent on the product being pressed. If the product being pressed is not at all sticky and only needs a little bulking out it could be less but this would be very rare. Most of the time you will need to use between 30-60%

Can I make food grade products on this machine? Can the it make pharmaceutical-grade tablets?

Yes, the contact surfaces are all food and pharmaceutical safe.

They are made from a combination of, stainless steel, chrome coated brass and the steel used for your tooling (often S7).

As such they are all compliant with most rules for food or pharma manufacturing.

We strongly recommend that you do check your local laws as they do vary from state to state and country to country. If in doubt reach out and we will be happy to find out.

Can I have a CoA for my Excipient?

Yes. CoA stands for Certificate of Analysis this is also known some times as an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) all of the information contained in a CoA is inside the MSDS for every LFA product which is emailed to you after purchase.

Is it essential to use a mixer to mix Firmapress with the active?

No not essential but highly recommended. It will depend on the accuracy that you require.

This will depend on things like the LD50, your quality control systems and a number of other factors.

Because of this, it is a decision that you have to make. Firmapress should not be put in a blender or a mill. It will affect the composition and will no longer bind as well.

Is the TDP 1.5 a TDP 0 with an electrical motor attached to it?

No. It is not they are completely different presses.

What's the density of firmapress? How can I calculate the tablet weight if I use firmapress to make an 8 mm round tablet?

The bulk density of Firmapress is and is listed on the website and in this section of the website.

The bulk density of an item is when it is loose. Once it has been pressed into a tablet this will change.

You are not able to calculate the weight of a tablet based on the shape and the tablet and the powders used as it is also affected by the pressure and the fill depth that the press is set to.

Can I make shaped tablets? Or with a logo?

Yes, you can.

You are able to make any shaped tablet up to the maximum diameter of this tablet press which can be found under the "specifications" tab.

We are able to customise tooling to include lettering, numbering and logos. If you would like customised tooling please fill out our custom tooling form: www.lfamachines.com/custom-tooling

How should I clean contact parts that have come into contact with my excipients or active ingredients?

here are 6 steps that should be followed as a general rule of thumb when cleaning contact surfaces that have come into contact with powders:

Dry Clean - First you need to remove as much of the dry powder as possible. You can do this using a hover/vacuum. Make sure that the vacuum you are using has a filter good enough to handle fine dust.

Wet Clean - Next you need to perform a wet clean. This can be done with warm water and soap or if available an ultrasonic cleaner.

Rinse - Next you need to rinse off any soap with potable water (drinking water). You do not have to do this if you used an ultrasonic cleaner in the last step. It is important to ensure that all parts are thoroughly dried immediately after washing to avoid any rusting.

Sanitise - Next you need to sanitise the surface. This step is recommended by the FDA. There are a number of sanitising solutions available designed to be applied and left on.

Lubricate - You now need to lubricate any parts that require it. This should be with the appropriate grade oil or grease considering your use and greasing chart. Store - Finally store any of the parts in a cool dry place. If you are storing them on the machine then make sure the machine is in a temperature controlled environment with low humidity.

Is it possible to send me a sample for free so I can test it with my formula? If not, can I buy just half a kilogram as I am not sure Firmapress will work for me?

No, sorry, we only offer 1kg bags.

Which parts wear most often and I should keep regular stock of?

There are a number of wear including the boot, tooling and bushings.

We would recommend that you keep at least 1 set of tooling in stock as this can easily be broken. It is also a good idea to keep a boot in stock as well.

This way you can keep production going and your business doesn't come to a stop while you wait for spare parts.


LFA does aim to hold all major spare parts in stock and ready to ship out to you in the event you need them. The lead times on the tooling, however, can be 6-8 weeks.

Are there any known allergens or health risks?

Yes, there are all of them can be found in the intolerance sheets for each product. The intolerance sheets can be found here: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/product-data

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Can I attach a motor to the TDP0?

no, sorry it just is not possible.

What is the lifetime of this machine?

The TDP 5 is an incredibly hardy little machine.

Not only that but it has a very basic mechanical process. While parts can break and wear over time the cost of replacing them is normally very low. We have known customers to have done 100,000’s of tablets on the TDP 5.

This having been said it is still just an R&D and small batch machine. We would not recommend using it for making large batches.

The reason for this is that it is slow at only 5000 per hour and if you do run it constantly then you are going to be replacing a lot of parts on it. The life of the TDP 5 can easily be in the millions of tablets if well looked after and maintained.

Does Firmapress affect the material the tooling should be made from?

No, Firmapress is designed to be soft on the tooling and not stick to its surfaces. It can be used with any metal or coating.

What packaging is the TDP 0 delivered in? How many pieces does the TDP 0 come in? Does the machine come assembled or do I need to assemble it?
What kind of agent is each excipient?/ What is the main use of each excipient?

Dextrose - Sweetener, binding agent, good for chewable tablets or candy.

Microcrystalline Cellulose - Binder, filling agent. Good at binding tablets and making them bigger. It can also be used as a filler for capsules.

Magnesium stearate - Dry Lubricant. This stops products from getting stuck to the tooling. It can also help with powder flow issues and caking issues.

Lactose - Binder, sweetener and bulking agent. It has a large mesh so it flows well but most people do not like it because of the intolerance issues.

Silica Dioxide - Flowing agent. This assist powders in flowing smoothly through the machines. It also helps with cacking issues where powders get stuck to the machine.

How easy to use is the RTP 9 compared to the other RTP's? Is this the best RTP for a beginner?

The RTP 9 is a little more simple to use that the RTP 41 and the RTP 33 as it only has one side to tune. The RTP 10i has more information available to help you tune your press but it has a pre-pressure to tune. It is not that the machine is more or less complicated for a beginner. It really is the same. The main problem that beginners tend to have with there machines is with the formulation. If it is the customers first time pressing a tablet or if they are new to rotary presses then they really should come and see us first.

What particle size will work on this machine?

As with any tablet press, it is good to have a particle size of around 80-60 mesh.

This would be large enough to avoid large losses and small enough to flow well through the machine. If the powder is finer than this then you are going to experience a larger level of loss.

If the particles are larger than this then it might not flow through the machine well and get caught as it is trying to enter into the die bore.

This being said every powder is very different and you will need to do tries to work out what is best for them.

What should I do if my tablet or mix is still sticking to the tooling even though I am using LFA's firmapress?

There are 3 things that we would recommend trying: Increase the amount of Firmapress in your mix.

This will reduce the % of the active in the total mix and give the dry lubricants a better chance to work. Try granulating your mix.

This will reduce the surface area of your active and allow the dry lubricants in Firmapress to coat them better. Try using coated tooling. Changing your tooling for a set that has a coating you can reduce the ability for powders to stick to them. More information on this can be found in the tooling FAQ.

How many tablets can the TDP 0 make per hour?

We have been able to get speeds of around 30-50 tablets per minute, but the machine will only run for as long as you have the energy to keep it turning.

It is hard to keep up 30-50 tablets per minute for long. I would personally not want to have to make more than 500 tablets at a time and it might take a while.

If you need to make more than this then we recommended the TDP 5.

How long is the storage period of each excipient? What is the shelf life?

Firmapress - 2 years form batch date.
Dextrose - 3 years from batch date.
Dicalcium Phosphate - 3 years from batch date.
Microcrystalline Cellulose -
Magnesium stearate -
Lactose - 2 years from batch date.
Silica Dioxide - 2 years from batch date.

Is there any particular taste to Firmapress?

No, it is completely taste free. It should not, however, be used for chewable tablets.

It would be very gritty to chew on. For a chewable tablet, we recommend dextrose or lactose as a binder.

How would I know if TDP 1.5 has enough power for my product or if I should get a TDP 5 or TDP 6s?

The easiest thing to do is send LFA some of your product for us to test.

This is not a free service, we do charge for this but it could save you buying the wrong machine.

More information can be found on this service here: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/services

What colours Are Used To Make Firmapress?

We use FD&C Aluminum Lake's these are pharmaceutical grade and regulated by the FDA.

What is the maximum pressure of a TDP 0?

The maximum pressure of a TDP 0 is 3.1 kN

What is a healthy batch size for the TDP 5 to maintain it for as long as possible?

We would recommend a batch of around 5,000 once per day.

It is a balance. If you stop and start the motor then you are likely to wear it out. If you run the press for long periods of time then as it heats up parts will expand the grease will thin and the wear on the machine will increase.

What if Firmapress doesn't work my active, can I get a refund?

No, sorry we are not able to refund any Firmapress that has been opened. We strongly recommend that you buy a 1kg sample of Firmapress first to test your product and only then buy a bigger amount.

What PPE equipment is needed with this machine?

We would recommend using, goggles, dust mask and gloves at a minimum but you may require a lot more depending on the products that you are working with and your local health and safety laws.

Do any of the excipients increase the speed of damage to tooling? i.e. more granular?

Yes, Dicalcium Phosphate, if used in high amounts, will cause more damage to tooling than just Firmapress or MCC. However, there are not many situations in which this would be a good idea.

What technical support and training comes with this machine?

There are a number of ways we are able to support you:

  • Every machine comes with a full manual to be emailed to you after purchase.
  • There is a large range of video tutorials to teach you how to use the press.
  • The machine comes with lifetime technical support, you can call, Skype or email to get answers to your questions and problems.
  • We also offer free training at any one of our regional offices.

If after all of this you are still struggling to use your press then we are able to come to you.

This is a service we do charge for.

More information on this can be found here: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/services

If my firmapress gets wet what can I do?

Firmapress is extremely hygroscopic. This means that it very easily absorbs water.

This includes the water content in the air. If water is spilled on to Firmapress or if a bag is left open for an extended period of time then the Firmapress needs to be thrown away.

While it is possible to dry the Firmapress out, it is likely that 2 things will have happened: The structure of the Firmapress will have changed so it will not bind as well any more. It may have introduced bacteria in tot he Firmapress and therefore no longer be safe for use in human or animal products.

Does the machine need to be bolted down? Does it come with bolts to fix it to a surface?

It does not need to be, but we highly recommend it.

The machine does not come with bolts because we do not know the thickness of your surface.

What kind of condition should excipients be stored in?

Firmapress - 2 years form batch date.
Dextrose - 3 years from batch date.
Dicalcium Phosphate - 3 years from batch date.
Microcrystalline Cellulose -
Magnesium stearate -
Lactose - 2 years from batch date.
Silica Dioxide - 2 years from batch date.

For how long has Firmapress been on the market?

9 years, it was first developed by LFA to help a customer out with there tablet formulation. It has been modified a few times to get to what we have today.

For how long can this machine run without any breaks?

You can run the TDP tablet presses for 8 hours straight without problems.

But doing this often will reduce the life expectancy of your machine. In that case, it may be worth looking at our Rotary Tablet Presses which are designed to do this and have much higher outputs.

Because of the way that the electric motor works it is best not to stop and start the motor over and over again.

It is important to also make sure that when you do stop the press if you have been running it for 8 hours you need to make sure that it is greased down and lubricated.

It is also likely that after 8 hours the motor will have warmed up considerably. It will help if your press is in a cool well-ventilated area.

Will my product work with Firmapress?

It is very likely to work with it yes. We believe that Firmapress works with 99% of products that we have tried.

The most important point is at what point will it work. If you need a 300mg caffeine tablet with a total tablet weight of say 350mg then it is fairly unlikely that there will be enough of the flowing agent to be able to pull the caffeine powder through the feeding system.

This is because caffeine powder can be quite “fluffy”. If however, you are working with a granulated version of caffeine then there is a fairly good chance it will work. It really is just at what ratio it is able too.

What material is the TDP 0 made of? What type of coating is on the machine? Paint/Powder coating?

"The machine is made from a number of materials. The hopper is made from sheet steel, the tooling is made from S7 steel, the boot is cast from brass and has a chrome plate coating, the base is cast from FC250 and coated in an enamel paint. "

Can the TDP 5 be used to make tablets for human consumption in the UK and US?

Yes, but not pharmaceuticals it is not compliant with cGMP standards.

If you need a cGMP compliant machine then the best desktop for this is the DTP 12 or 25. LFA is of the understanding that the TDP 5 can be used to make food products and supplements.

It is worth checking with your local food regulators if they have recommendations as to cleaning procedures. It is also worth inquiring about their specific regulations as each territory and regulating body has slightly different requirements.

Are you able to offer Gold or Black Firmapress?

No, sorry we are simply not able to make the colours. We do not have access to the pigments.

How often do I need to grease the machine and which parts particularly of the machine should I lubricate?

We would recommend cleaning down the machine and leaving it re-greased after every use. This will ensure the longest life possible.

When greasing the machine avoid getting any neer the tooling or pressing surfaces as this will get into your tablets and affect your powders.

Greece the top cam well and then apply a small amount to the upper drift pin assembly and the lower timing rod.

Here is a video on cleaning the TDP 5.

Which excipient should I add if the product/API is clumpy?

If your product or API is clumpy then you will need to add an anticaking agent. For this, we recommend silicon dioxide. We only recommend adding a maximum of 2% of this to the mix

Can you set this machine up for an X mg tablet weight?

Yes, the TDP range all have a weight adjustment for it.

It is the bottom of the two cogs on the lower drift pin assembly.

Here is a link to a video showing you how to tune up the TDP 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dTscUdRJzQ

It is important to know that the exact weight of each tablet will vary from tablet to tablet.

A well-homogenized mix that has a consistent granule size should be able to achieve an accuracy of +/- 3% or less.

Can Firmapress work with any shape or size tooling or tablet?

Yes, it works extremely well with any shaped die or tooling set. It is also designed to be able to get a clean print with tooling that has images, letters or numbers on it.

What is the maximum weight I can have in a tablet with a TDP 0?

This will really depend on the bulk density of your tablets. Watch this video for more information

The best way to describe it is: What weighs more a tone of feathers or a ton of lead? Nether, right?

They both weigh a ton. Their size is what is different. This is the same with powders, you can have some that are like sand and some that are really light and fluffy.

The maximum weight of a tablet you there for being able to make will totally depend on them.

What is the mesh size of your excipients? etc.

Dextrose - approx 100 mesh
Dicalcium Phosphate - approx 100 mesh
Microcrystoline Cellulose - approx 120-200
Magnesium sterate -
Lactose - 80 mesh
Silica Dioxide -
Firmapress - 100-200 mesh

Can excipients be added to Firmapress to accommodate formula?

Yes, if you have an active ingredient that has particular issues then it is ok to add other excipients to help accommodate and fix the issue.

Can I come to one of your facility for training with my own formula?

Yes, you can but there are a number of requirements that we need to fulfil first.

You will need to contact our team and provided them with a copy of all of your MSDS for all of the components of your mix.

We need to have a good understanding of your business and the challenges you are facing.

You will also need to book an appointment with the office that you would like to visit.

For more information please get in contact with the team: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/contact

Do you ship Firmapress to Country XYZ? Is Firmapress legal in Country XYZ?

Yes, we do, as far as we know there are no products in Firmapress that require any form of registration any ware in the world.

However, we would recommend that you check with your local authorities before ordering for the first time. Note: We have had problems shipping the product to Brazil. We tend to find the customs can seize the product.

It is not illegal in Brazil but the customer needs a freight agent that has experience in this area to clear it through customs.

How do I set the pressure correctly?

The upper drift pin assembly is used to adjust the pressure. You can watch a video on this here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc2gfDU3NiQ

Here is another video which tells you how to set up a TDP ready to press: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dTscUdRJzQ

Do I need a license to own this machine?

That depends on the country you are located in.

In the EU and UK no. You do not need anything to buy the press.

In the USA we have to file a piece of paperwork with the federal government when we sell the press.

We, however, do all of this paperwork for you and do not need to do anything.

The only country that requires a licence as far as we know is Australia.

The document you need to fill out and file is called a B712 it can be found at: https://www.abf.gov.au/form-listing/forms/b712.pdf If you would like to speak with one of our team about this then please get in contact.

Can I request custom colours of Firmapress? / Can I have a more intense (insert colour) in my Firmapress?

Yes, however, there is a minimum order of one batch which is 1 ton and there is a 4 week lead time.

If this is something that a customer is interested int hen they need to put down a non-refundable deposit of $1000 for us to start formulating. They also need to provide us with the exact panton colour.

Do all TDPs and VICE take the same tooling?

Yes, the VICE, TDP 0, TDP 1.5, TDP 5 and the TDP 6s from LFA all take what is known as Universal TDP Tooling.

It is important to know two things. Firstly, the TDP Universal Tooling came into effect in 2018 machines brought from LFA before this time may have slightly different sizes.

We always recommend checking the size of your tooling before placing your order. Secondly, a number of companies make unofficial TDP tablet presses.

They do not always conform to the same sizes, tolerance or quality of LFA TDP’s or tooling. If you got your press from someone else other than LFA we are not able to guarantee that our tooling will fit.

Which excipient should I add if the product is sticky?

If your product is sticky then you will need to add a dry lubricant to your mix. For this, we recommend magnesium stearate.

We do not recommend that you add more than 1% to the mix as more than this can cause capping. If your product is still sticky at this point then we would recommend looking into granulation.

Would it help if we granulate the mix first?

It is always best to granulate your mix.

Granulation can be expensive and difficult so a lot of people do try to avoid it.

LFA does not sell granulation equipment and we are not really able to make recommendations as to how to granulate your mix.

If you would like to find out if your mix needs granulation then we do have a tablet formulation service available.

You can find out more about the tablet formulation service here: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/services

What is the best way to store Firmapress?

While the bag is closed Firmapress is fairly resilient.

Do not expose it to extream temperatures below -5c or higher than 40c. Once opened Firmapress needs to be stored in clean dry conditions between 10-30c. Once a bag is opened if it is not all used then make sure to close the bag securely. With 1kg and 5kg bags, this can be done using the grip seal at the top. For 25 kg sacks use a couple of cable ties.

If I am the new business beginner, I am not sure which machine I should go with, TDP 0, TDP 1.5, TDP 5 or TDP 6s?

Yes, this is a common question we get asked so we have to tools to help you.

A video on the differences between the different TDP's www.lfatabletpresses.com/videos/tdp-range

The Right Machine For You Questionnaire - https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/tablet-press-questionnaire

Between these two you should get a much better idea and if not please do reach out, let us know what you are making and how many you need to make and we will help guide you through the process.

Are all the excipients safe for human consumption?

Yes, all of the excipients are safe for human or animal consumption. There are some precautions that should be taken when handling them and there are some people that might have intolerances to some of them. Information on this can be found in the products MSDS and Intolerance Data Sheet. This can be found in this section for every excipient.

Is Fimrapress the same as Ready Mix?

Yes, when LFA first launched Firmapress for a short while it was called Ready Mix.

Now however it is called Firmapress and it is a trademarked term because of this it is really important that you only use the term Firmapress and that you correct customers whenever they ask.

Can I get support from LFA if I face problems with making tablets?

Yes. Very easily.

We have free lifetime technical support for all machines sold by LFA.

Just contact us with your machine serial number and we would be happy to help you with any problems.

Does Firmapress create thermal gelation upon heating?

Thermal gelation is where a powder in water becomes a jelly once heated. This can happen with MCC but we can not guarantee it with Firmapress due to all of the other products in it.

Do I get a die with the machine or do I have to buy it separately? Which size/shape are they?

Yes, you do get a die with the machine. Every machine comes fitted with a die.

If you would like you can get this customised with your logo or lettering but it takes 6-8 weeks.

Or, we have a standard 8mm round, bevelled edge with breaker installed in the machines in stock.

How do you move/install this machine?

There is a bolt eyelet on the top of the machine.

We recommend using an engine hoist to lift the machine off the shipping crate and into the position that you are going to use it in.

 

Is Firmapress vegan?

Yes, Firmapress is Vegan and Vegetarian. All of the products used to make it are free from animal products.

Can this machine be left without an operator?

No.

LFA does not recommend leaving any of its machines unattended without an operator ever. Even if they only need to step away for a short amount of time, the operator should turn off the machine.

This will avoid damaging it in the event that there is a jam and the operator is not there to switch it off.

Which excipient should I add if the product doesn't bind well?

If your product does not bind well then we would recommend using MCC. This can be used in any % the limiting factor is the size of the tablet.

If the amount of MCC you would have to use would be too much or if you do not want to use MCC then you have 3 other options: Ask your supplier for a directly compressible or tabletable grade of your product. Spray dry your product. Wet granulate your product.

What should we do if we don't want to use any excipients, especially binders?

Get a capsule filler.

You will not be able to make tablets.

Click here for more information https://www.lfacapsulefillers.com/

Does Firmapress contain lactose?

No, we have specifically avoided lactose because a number of people are what is known as lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance can cause abdominal pain, bloating and other symptoms.

What is the difference between the TDP 0, TDP 1.5, TDP 5 and TDP 6s?

This is a very common question as all of the machines are extremely similar but equally have different strengths.

The easiest way to split these up would be in to automatic anda manual machines.

The TDP 0 is the manual model and requires you to turn the handle on the side to produce the tablets. This has the least amount of pressure and is the entry-level model in to the TDP range.

The TDP 1.5, TDP 5 and TDP 6s are all automatic machines that are driven by an electric motor. The TDP 1.5 is the entry-level model in to the automatic machines it has the least pressure at 15kn it is also limited in the size of the tablets it can produce. The TDP 5 is our most popular model and can produce approximately 5,000 tablets per hour. The TDP 5 had 50kn of pressure and can produce tablets up to 22mm in diameter. The TDP 6s is the top of the range machine and is more suited to irregular shaped tablets. The TDP 6s also has slightly more pressure at 60kn and is better suited to certain products that do not form tablets as easily.

How quickly will the press pay for itself?

We've created a calculator on our website for most of our tablet presses. See the "profit calculator" tab on the product page and enter your profit per tablet to see how many running hours the press will pay for itself and how much profit per hour it will generate.

I have a machine with a fault but I did not buy it from you. Can you fix it or give me advice?

We cannot offer advice on machines that we did not sell. The warranty that we offer is on our machinery only and also includes technical support. We do offer a service in which we can fix and provide parts for other manufacturers machines, however this service is not free and is only available in the UK. Please contact us to get some more information on what we can provide.

What is the difference between the range of excipients?

We offer Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Dicalcium Phosphate and Firmapress in our range of excipients.

Microcrystalline Cellulose is a binding agent, which holds the content of the tablet together.

Dicalcium Phosphate is a flowing agent and helps move ingredients through the machine before they are compressed.

Magnesium Stearate is a dry lubricant and helps again with the movement of ingredients through the machine but also helps with the ejection of the tablets from the machine. Please note that Magnesium Sterate does not bind by itself.

Firmapress is an all in one mix of Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate and Dicalcium Phosphate.

What colours does Firmapress come in?

It comes in a range of colours please go to our Firmapress page for more details.

Are there any actives ingredients that interact or are affected by anything in Firmapress?

Firmapress works with 99% of active ingredients. We cannot guarantee that there won't be a negative reaction between Firmapress and your active ingredient however it is extremely unlikely. As a precaution, we strongly recommend that a small test batch is made up before mixing large amounts of an active ingredients with Firmapress. Never commit to mixing large amounts of active with Firmapress before doing proper tests.

Can I produce tablets without Excipients?

It is unlikely that you will be able to produce tablets without using any Excipients at all. Certain products do bind without Excipients, but then do not flow through the machine. We advise that you use our Firmapress ready mix as this works with 99% of products.

Are your Excipients natural?

Yes, all of our Excipients are extracted from natural sources. For more information please visit the individual product pages.

Can I pay cash on delivery?

No, we only offer the payment options stated on our Payments page.

Do you ship to the USA?

Yes, we do ship to the USA. We ship to all countries that the United Kingdom does not have trade embargos with. Please go to our Shipping page for more details.

I use 00# Capsules can this size capsules be used in your machine?

Yes they can. The machine has interchangeable tooling. It can do anything from size 5 - 000. 00 will not be a problem the machines come fitted with them as standard as they are very popular.

If so how many 00# capsules can be filled in an hour.

This will depend on the operator and the powder. You can adjust the filling section of the capsule filler. This means that the filler takes longer forcing more powder in to the capsules. If you have a powder that does not flow well then you will need to set this to longer.

When a new operator starts out on the filler they will be a little bit slow. With in a day or so they should speed up.

So in shot it varies. I would say 10,000 - 20,000 per hour. I know that this is a big gap but it depends on 1) how the powder flows, 2) how much practise the user has and 3) the quality of the capsules (This might sound strange but the biggest time waster in our experience is having to pick out capsules that are stuck together or broken).

Does this machine come with free training?

Yes, we offer free training at your local LFA office. For a list of our office addresses, see here. Training is normally completed in less than one day, but please get in touch for more information.

What is the warranty?

All of the details on our warranty can be found at: https://www.lfatabletpresses.com/warranty/

Can you change/adjust the amount of powder that the machine fills the capsules?

Yes you can. Only up to a point. It uses a force feeder to push the powder in to the capsules and you can adjust the speed of the paddles and the amount of time spent under the filler.

Do we price match with other suppliers?

Short answer is no, sorry. At LFA our machines are priced to include the service, warranty and training we supply with them. We make sure that we always have spare parts and will send them to you free of cost.

We have a team of people that have worked with the machines for a long time and are on the telephone or email to teach you how to get the most from your purchase and support you when you need it. Other suppliers in the UK, USA and China do not offer this.

On top of this while our machines may have the same names we are not selling the same items. We have spent the last 7 years working closely with our suppliers to ensure that we get the highest quality possible.

Do you get your machines from China?

We do get some of our machines and parts from China. We have been working with the best supplier for over 7 years now. We make at least 1 factory visit per year to ensure that the highest quality standards are met. Over this time period we have also made a number of recommendations for improving the quality of the machines.

Once the machines arrive in the UK. We strip them down, check all of the parts, grease them, and replace parts that we know to be defective with parts sourced from the UK, USA and Europe. Once this is done we give all of the machines a UK electrical test to ensure that they are PAT compliant.

How do I know if your tablet presses are going to work on my product?

It is important to know that not all products press well into tablets. A good way to gage it is to look at other similar products available on the market. If someone else is able to make it then we can help you make it. If your product is new then we are happy to help you go through the development process.

Allot of the time it will mean sending a sample to us. We will work out how to press it and and then send you the results. If we are not able to press it we will work with you to find an alternative solution such as molding or capsuling.

This is a service that we charge for however if you subsequently purchase a machine from us we will deduct it from the cost. We have a lot of experience pressing a wide range of products. Get in contact with our team and find out how we can help you.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Sorry we have not found a good way of doing this yet. We do know that there are a number of finance companies that will lend small businesses money to purchase equipment. We have worked with a few in the past and are happy to provide you with quotes or invoices to help complete the applications. Just get in contact with our team to find out how we can help.

Is it really worth buying my press or should I buy finished products from a supplier?

This is a tough one. If you are going to be selling a very generic product such as Vitamin C tablets then it is probably not worth setting up your own facility.

If on the other hand you are going to be making something very cutting edge or unique then I personally feel that it is worth doing it yourself. Firstly you get to closely control quality which can be vital to business success. Another advantage is that you get to keep your ideas within your business and do not need to worry about them being leaked.

What happens if I do not get my order?

We really appreciate you trusting us with your money. The first thing we will do is re-send the order. It does not matter if it is 1kg of Firmapress or an RTP 41. We will make sure that you get it.

We send all of our items, signed for on a tracked service. We also insure them. If your item still has not turned up or you just want a refund that is fine. We will put in a claim with the postal company and make sure we get the money back.

If you have paid via Pay Pal you will be covered by buyer protection and we will instantly process the refund. If you have sent us the money by Western Union or Bank Transfer then we will need to organise the best way to get it back to you.

Do not worry. We know that our reputation is why 1000’s of customers have picked us over the years. We work hard to make sure that we protect that. Even if it is not our fault if you do not get your product we will send it again or refund you.

What is your most popular press?

The TDP 5. Hands down this has been the most popular model for a while now. We do get customers coming back and upgrading to the RTP 9 (normally after a couple of years) but most customers starting off go for the TDP 5.

Do you rent out machines?

We do but only to TV and Film production companies. This service only offered with and LFA technician on site.

We are not unfortunately able to rent out our tablet presses or capsule fillers to do production runs. We do work closely with a contract manufacturer in Oxford and are happy to provide you with their details.

What do you do with my details?

We take the trust our customers place in us very seriously. We have an email list that is stored securely with Infusionsoft. We do not share this ever with anyone. We do not store credit card details or payment details. All online payments are handled by Pay Pal and we are only provided with the shipping address you enter. On top of this we never hand over details on any of our customers under any circumstances. The one exception to this rule is if we are produced with a court warrant.

Maintenance, Servicing and Repairs*

Maintenance, Servicing and Repairs will be charged at £150 per hour in the UK and $200 per hour in the USA. Quotes will be given before the start of the work. The quote is a fixed price and if it takes us longer you will not be charged.

Any parts, required for the Maintenance, Servicing or Repairs of your tablet press will be invoiced for separately to the labour. If we think that the parts are going to be more than 20% of the quoted price we will contact you before ordering them.

While LFA Tablet Presses is happy to offer tablet press repairs or rebuilds we are not able to store machines on a long-term basis. Any machines left with us for longer than 90 days will have a storage charge of £50 per day applied to them.

You will be required to pay in full for the Maintenance, Servicing or Repairs to your machine upon collection.

*We are only able to offer onsite visits to US or European companies and have the correct insurance documentation. For more information please get in contact.

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