Punch and Die Tooling Operator


ITS Personnel


09 Jan 2019

Reference Number



R4,000 - R5,000 pm cost to company


Our client is a leading Pharmaceutical manufacturing company, based in Centurion.

They are looking to employ a Punch and Die Operator in their Tablet Manufacturing Department.

The key responsibility of the position is to perform maintenance and keep tooling in a pristine condition, thereby reducing costly tablet press downtime and compression problems.

The ideal candidate must have experience operating automated machinery/and or manufacturing equipment, with a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot mechanical problems. Verbal communication skills in English and Afrikaans are necessary in order to interact with other team members. Attention to detail and accuracy with numbers is essential, and a knowledge of Tableting and Pharmaceutical GMP would be preferred.

Tablet compression tools are often viewed as consumable items that can be easily replaced at relatively low cost. Maintenance can be seen as an unnecessary evil and overlooked within tablet manufacturing. Correct maintenance is critical in obtaining maximum life from punches and dies. A high percentage of punch and die problems/damage can be conclusively traced back to poor handling and maintenance procedures.

01. CLEAN Tooling shall be cleaned and dried to remove any oil or product residue.
02. ASSESS Visually inspect tooling for signs of obvious damage and establish if maintenance is required.
03. REPAIR Light surface corrosion and damage can be polished out and repaired.
04. MEASURE Measuring is essential after repair to ensure that critical tooling dimensions have stayed within tolerance.
05. POLISH Polishing should result in a smooth mirror finish.
06. LUBRICATE Lubrication is important to protect, preserve and aid the smooth operation of tooling.
07. STORE Tooling is to be kept in suitable storage cabinets to maximise security, safety and minimise potential damage.

The ability to develop a Standard Operating Procedure to determine when to polish tools would be an asset.

A cost to company package of up to R 5,000 PM is offered.

Contract Type:

Permanent, Permanent/Contract




Centurion Outlying
South Africa