Verder Group acquires ERWEKA

    The Verder Group is proud to announce the successful acquisition of ERWEKA, a highly regarded German company renowned for its development and manufacturing of premium tablet testing equipment.

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    Q: Explain the principles of table hardness testing?

    Tablet hardness testing is a method used to assess the mechanical strength and integrity of pharmaceutical tablets. It helps ensure that the tablets are robust enough to withstand handling, transportation, and usage without breaking or crumbling. The principles of tablet hardness testing involve the following key aspects:

    1. Purpose: The primary purpose of tablet hardness testing is to determine the breaking point or the force required to break a tablet. This measurement is essential to assess the tablet's resistance to stress and to ensure consistent quality and performance.

    2. Test Equipment: Tablet hardness testing is typically performed using a hardness tester or a tablet hardness testing instrument. This equipment consists of a measuring head or a probe that applies a controlled and incremental force to the tablet.

    3. Force Application: The tablet is placed between the lower and upper anvils of the hardness tester. The upper anvil exerts a downward force onto the tablet, while the lower anvil provides support. The force is gradually increased until the tablet breaks or fractures.

    4. Measurement: During the test, the applied force is continuously monitored, and the maximum force required to break the tablet is recorded. This force is typically measured in kiloponds (kp) or newtons (N). The tablet hardness value represents the tablet's ability to withstand pressure.

    5. Acceptance Criteria: The measured tablet hardness value is compared against pre-established acceptance criteria or specifications. These criteria are determined during the tablet formulation and development stage and are based on the intended use and handling conditions of the tablets. If the measured hardness value falls within the specified range, the tablet is considered acceptable; otherwise, it may be deemed too weak or too hard.

    6. Batch-to-Batch Variations: Tablet hardness testing is important to detect any variations in tablet strength between different batches of the same formulation. By establishing acceptable hardness ranges, manufacturers can maintain consistent tablet quality and ensure that the tablets have similar mechanical properties across different production runs.

    7. Quality Control: Tablet hardness testing is an integral part of the quality control process in pharmaceutical manufacturing. It helps identify any issues with formulation, compression, or other manufacturing parameters that may affect tablet strength and integrity. By monitoring and controlling tablet hardness, manufacturers can minimize the risk of tablets breaking during handling and ensure reliable dosage delivery to patients.

    In summary, tablet hardness testing is a crucial quality control measure that ensures the mechanical strength and integrity of pharmaceutical tablets. By applying controlled force and measuring the breaking point, manufacturers can assess tablet quality, consistency, and performance, thereby ensuring patient safety and satisfaction.


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    ERWEKA part of Germany's critical infrastructure

    As a manufacturer and supplier of tablet testing equipment we are part of the critical infrastructure in Germany. Therefore it is important that we fully keep up production and supply our pharmaceutical customers with our equipment.

    Please see our pdfCertificate Part of Critical infrastructure Germany.