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New Innovations Help Torque Issues in Capping

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After a bottled product hits the shelf, the last thing many people think about is the cap. The bottle design, material and brand take center stage until there is a problem with opening and closing the bottle cap. A cap that does not easily twist and secure a bottle is generally indicative of a problem with the producer’s capping equipment.

Machinery that inconsistently applies force to the capping process can lead to more than customer complaints, however. It can lead to problems with a bottled product such as loss of carbonation, busted caps, and problems with the seal. On a large scale, facing these packaging problems could be disastrous for a bottle product producer.

To avoid customer complaints about caps that are too loose or too tight, the bottling industry is developing new and innovating ways to improve capping equipment. Specifically, a slip clutch is being used to help maintain proper torqueing when a cap is applied to a bottle.

The Slip Clutch

A new slip clutch design is revolutionizing capping equipment by solving torque problems to improve customer satisfaction. For vertical capping equipment, the design of the slip clutch has been effective in maintaining consistent torque in machinery throughout the manufacturing world.

In the bottling industry, they work by applying consistent torque to the cap through a series of pulley mechanisms, adjusting for the level of torque with spring compressions within the machinery. The design is proving to be a cost effective solution to providing dependable capping batch after batch. Unlike other designs in capping equipment, the slip clutch is easily adjusted to fit the needs of many different products. Machinists use electric or pneumatic actuation to change the torque settings so that a new product can be easily and effectively capped using the same equipment.

Adoption Outlook

According to Packaging Digest, initial installation of the slip clutch to preexisting capping equipment took about 10 minutes total. The solution has held steady through several thousand bottles and requires almost no regular maintenance. Branded as the “Polyclutch” it is likely that the bottling industry on the whole will start using the advancement to ensure their products are being capped with consistent force in each batch. The easily installed and affordable solution for capping equipment is an example of the simple but effective ways the manufacturing industry finds solutions to make machinery work more seamlessly.

No matter what type of container you’re filling or cap you use, automating the process can save you a lot of time and headaches, plus it can help you increase your output of product. For more information about these machines, contact E-PAK Machinery today.