Why was a standard needed?
Conception of the Eurostandard began in the 1970s when conversion from Imperial measurements (inches) to metric measurements (millimetres) first began to take effect, creating a recognised need to reduce variables in tooling specifications/standards set by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).As European tablet press manufacturers started to gain ground in the 1980s against UK press manufacturer Manesty's former market domination, German DIN standards began to be applied to tablet tooling. DIN standards were designed for general engineering components, limits and fits, but the clearances created by this system are not always appropriate for tablet tooling. This is because the powder compaction process is very different to typical mechanical processes that benefit from contact lubrication using general engineering components. Therefore, this system did not address the issues that a dedicated tooling standard should have done.
In 1990, I Holland invited prominent tablet press and tooling manufacturers to come together to formulate a dedicated standard. Unfortunately, this received little or no interest from the other parties — possibly due to fears of losing a competitive advantage. Despite this, the first edition of the Eurostandard was developed and published in 1992. By the time the 2nd edition was released in 1996, the Eurostandard had been adopted as the accepted standard for the vast majority of tablet tooling markets outside North America.