July 4, 2021: Pharmaceutical Interview Questions and Answers

Production System – Oral Solid Dosage Form

1. What are typical standards used for challenge of metal detector?

Tablet: Ferrous – 0.3 mm, Non-ferrous – 0.3 mm, Stainless Steel – 0.5 mm, Plain (without metal as a blank)

Capsule: Ferrous – 0.1 mm, Non-ferrous – 0.15 mm, Stainless Steel – 0.2 mm, Plain (without metal as a blank)

2. What is the tablet tooling?

Tooling consists of three parts.

i. Upper punch, ii. Lower punch, and iii. Die

3. What is meaning by one set of tablet tooling?

One set consist of one Upper punch, one Lower punch and a Die.

4. What is tooling station?

The place where one set accommodates on tablet press.

5. Explain parts of tablet tooling.

Punch terminologies:

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Head: Head is top part of upper and lower punch which contacts the machines cams and the pressure rollers applies the pressure to the head compress the tablets.

Head flat or Dwell Flat: Top flat area of the head. Compression force applied through the upper punch head flat and ejection pressure applied through the head flat of lower punches. Dwell time for compression is determined based on the Head flat hence, it is also called as Dwell Flat.

Outside head angle: The area touches to the pressure roller during compression operation.

Inside head angle: The part of the punch head helps upper punch to lift after compression of tablets and helps in pulls down the lower punches after ejection.

Neck: The part between head and barrel. Allow clear path to the cam.

Barrel: Allows punch to do vertical up and down movement.

Stem: Area from tip end to barrel edge.

Tip: It is the lowest portion of the punch which is responsible for shape, size and profile of the tablet.

Tip face or cup: Outer part of the tip which gives shape to the tablet. The face also will have embossing depending on the need of tablet requirement.

Tip length: The straight portion of the stem or tip.

Tip straight: The portion of tip towards the face having higher diameter of the tip.

Tip relief: Tip part other than the tip straight.

Working length: This is the distance from the head flat to bottom of the cup.

Overall length: Length from punch head flat to the tip.

Key or woodruff key: An elevated portion in the middle of the punch barrel. The key with upper punches for shaped tablets to prevent punch rotation when the punch is out of the die.

Types of heads: Domed head and Flat head

Difference between Flat head and Domed headDomed head punches have smaller flat head.

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The extended head flat offers multiple benefits, including a longer dwell time (the time the head flat spends in contact with the pressure roll) at a given press speed to better compact poorly compressible products. The longer dwell time may even reduce the amount of force required to attain specific tablet hardness.

Whereas, round extended head flats don’t require keyed tooling as oval ones do, and that allows them to be used on multiple makes and models of tablet presses.

Dwell time: It is the time the head flat spends in contact with the pressure roller.

Land: The area between the outer part of the punch cup and the outside edge of the punch tip.

Cup depth: Distance between tip edge to the center point of the cup.

Barrel chamfer: Chamfers at the ends of the punch barrel.

Die terminologies:

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Clearance: pace between die bore diameter and punch tip diameter

Die Bore: It is the cavity of die where granules are converted into tablet.

Die height or overall length: The height from top to bottom face of the die.

Die chamfer: This is the angle of the die bore at entry point. It guides upper punch into the die bore.

Die groove and die lock: The radial groove around the die outer diameter require locking the die into the turret with the help of die lock.

Die taper: Taper is a feature that increases the bore size at the top of the die then nominal bore size. It helps to release air from the die cavity during the compression. The feature helps to reducing tablet defects, such as capping and lamination.

Annealing: This is a heat treatment process to reduce the hardness to make it more workable. The processing done fragile punch tips to decrease the hardness of the punch cups which helps in reducing punch tip fracturing.

Commissioning, Qualification and Validation: A GMP Approach

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