Capping systems are essential for high-speed manufacturing of a wide range of bottles and containers. Capping machines, like label machines, play an important function in a packaging line, but there are many different options to pick from. Here’s what you should know.
What exactly is a Capping Machine?
Capping machines can be semi-automated or fully automatic and can accommodate a wide range of cap and bottle types. For screw caps, straight line or Inline capping machines are ideal. These are the type of caps that are used on condiments and water bottles. Meanwhile, chuck cappers are perfect for more difficult-to-handle caps and closures. These closures require the cap to come straight down on top of the container.
For example, other capping machines may readily process snap caps, screw caps, and threaded caps. These machines cap things quickly, from specialty items such as cleaning products or spray bottles to beer bottles, because of their automatic capping capabilities.
What Is the Function of a Capper Machine?
You may have seen automatic capping machines in operation before, but they generally run so quickly that you can’t see how they work.
In reality, internal processes differ from one another. A rotating capper, for example, will require a different application strategy than a straight line capper. However, the functioning of any bottle capping machine boils down to a two-step process: cap installation and sealing.
Caps will be placed on containers by semi-automatic equipment utilizing either a pick-off or a pick-and-place approach. This is a process that utilizes a chute that will send the cap down where they are easily picked and placed onto the top of the bottles either by a machine or person.
The pick-and-place approach is more self-explanatory. This method will use a robotic arm of some sort for the capping chuck to grab onto and tighten onto the bottles. This process is more adaptable, but it necessitates higher levels of automation and tooling for a wider range of cap types and sizes. This type of machine is more costly but offers more flexibility at the same time.
After the cap has been placed on the container, the following step is to seal it. The machine and the design of the bottle/cap define the mechanism utilized to seal the cap. Threaded caps must be rotated onto the bottleneck with the correct amount of downward force. Skirted caps (such as those found on beer bottles) are simply pushed down.
What Is the Distinction Between an Automatic and a Semi-Automatic Capper?
Functionally, the only thing distinguishing semi-automatic from fully-automatic is the requirement for a human to deliver the cap to the bottle. Nonetheless, the extent of automation varies based on the operation’s requirements, the type of equipment used, and the type of caps needed.
A tabletop semi-automatic chuck capper may consist of a human placing the bottle, then the cap, and then letting the machine seal the cap before repeating the process. A semi-automatic chuck capper, on the other hand, might be supplied with a conveyor belt that mechanically draws bottles under the machine, allowing a human to place the cap before the machine seals it.
Smaller businesses and specialized production runs are perfect for semi-automatic capping machines. Meanwhile, fully automatic capping machines are ideally suited for large operations, particularly production cycles that repeat the same processes. Keep in mind, one is not always superior to the other. The best solution is determined by the operation’s requirements.
What to Look for in a Capping Machine
What are the most critical characteristics of capping equipment? Flexibility, simple changeovers, and dependability (ease of maintenance) are some of the most significant aspects of capping equipment. A capper that can be adjusted to handle a variety of cap sizes and container shapes, as well as improved to grow with a customer’s needs, is often a superior long-term investment.
A capper must also be simple to change, or else being able to handle numerous caps and containers isn’t much of a benefit. Most cappers are built with only a few changing parts, enabling rapid and easy changeovers in 30 minutes. Finally, a capper must be trustworthy. Having standardized parts makes it easy for replacement and repairs when needed. Fewer parts mean fewer possibilities of failure and simpler routine maintenance. Standardized parts between cappers ensure that if a replacement part is required, it is always available.
Most capping machines are made in accordance with the needs of a customer. Some machines offer interchangeable parts; of course, all of our machines come with a Torq Packaging customer service that can assist should you ever run into a problem.
Torq Packaging Single Capping Machines
Torq Packaging single capping machines are made with our customers in mind. We understand manufacturing, inside and out, and want to provide our customers with fast, reliable, and dependable machines. All of our machines will be built with your custom manufacturing needs in mind. However, every manufacturer wants a machine they can count on that is easy to repair and requires little effort should there need to be a changeover. You can count on our machines to deliver that and so much more.
In many cases, it is possible that we install two capping stations on the same frame. This will allow easy change over for those that need two different types. This also keeps the costs down as well. We provide customized machines that work with pump and trigger caps, oriented, pre-threaded, screw, aluminum, and press on. Torq Packaging has you covered when it comes to finding the best single head capper.
Why Choose Torq Packaging?
We are known worldwide for our repeatable and reliable performance and durability you can find within our machines. Our customer support is top-notch and ready to answer any questions and address any concerns you might have. We are readily available to you worldwide to give you the expert advice you are looking for. Our high-quality machines rarely go down, but when they do, we offer standardized parts readily available in your time of need. Contact Torq Packaging today with questions or concerns you might have with your single-head capper machine needs.