The automated tablet testing instrument PTB 420 is a dual test mode instrument to determine the diameter, thickness and hardness of tablets. The instrument is made in strict compliance with the EP and USP Pharmacopoeia.
Prior to testing the hardness of the tablet the PTB 420 can measure sample thickness (or height) and diameter (or length). The thickness is detected automatically by an optical system. The samples are automatically positioned by means of movable alignment jaws. The behaviour of the jaw’s movement is adjustable to accommodate many different shapes of tablets and oblongs. The instrument can be set to either linear force or linear speed increase mode for the tablet hardness test. Furthermore, PTB 420 allows the connection of a Mettler-Toledo or Sartorius analytical balance to measure the weight of the samples as well. PTB 420 offer two modes for the weight measurement: either weigh each sample individually, before placing them into the tablet magazine or weigh all samples together and calculate the average weight.