Chuck Capping Machines Add Consistency and Reliability

Chuck Capping Machines Add Consistency and Reliability

Chuck capping machines come in all shapes and sizes, from hand held manual cappers to fully automatic inline capping machines.  Of course, one of the biggest reasons a packager will employ an automatic chuck capper is to increase speed and reduce labor costs when capping their product.  However, speed is not the only reason that a packaging facility may choose to use a chuck capper.  Below is a non-exhaustive list of benefits to be obtained from manual and semi-automatic chuck capping machines.

Cap Tightening Consistency

Manual, handheld chuck cappers and semi-automatic capping machines are often acquired to move one step up from hand capping bottles.  Some packagers that inquire about handheld chuck cappers are surprised to find that the number of bottles capped per day with the handheld chuck capper may not exceed the number of bottles that are hand capped by much, if any at all.  While some packagers may get an increase in productivity, the real benefit of manual and semi-automatic chuck cappers comes from the consistency in the capping process.  

When a laborer spends an entire shift hand tightening caps onto bottles, a packager can be pretty certain that the first bottle of the shift, last bottle of the shift and all bottles in between are tightened in the same manner or to the same capacity.  Boredom, fatgiue and distraction are all real issues when hand capping bottles for a long period of time.  While many caps may be securely tightened, not all will be secured to the same torque and some will likely be placed on too loosely.  Moving to a handheld chuck capper or semi-automatic chuck capping machine still requires the operator to place the cap on the bottle, but allows the capping machine to apply the torque to tighten the cap, resulting in a consistent tightness for each and every cap and bottle combination.

Cap Tightening Reliability

Similar to the cap tightening consistency, handheld chuck cappers and semi-automatic capping machines add reliability to the capping process.  The reliabililty stems from the consistency.  By applying the same torque to each cap and bottle combination, a packager is much less likely to suffer from random spills, leaks or loose caps.  In turn, less production time is spent cleaning up messes or correcting mistakes, which indirectly adds to the speed at which product is completed.  Also, defective product is less likely to reach the shelf undetected, which can result in happier clientele.  

Reduced Wear and Tear

Here we are referring to the laborers that were responsible for hand capping each bottle prior to adding a hand held chuck capper to the packaging system.  Constantly tightening bottle caps can lead to excess strain and repetitive motion injuries.  Handheld and semi-automatic chuck cappers will still require an operator and some manual labor, but will reduce the risk of repetitive injuries, as well as the effects of fatigue mentioned above.  The result - less wear and tear on the packaging system laborers.

So even if a company is not quite ready to fully automate their packaging line or even their capping process, there are many benefits to upgrading to a handheld or semi-automatic chuck capping machine.  For more information on chuck cappers or any other capping machinery, feel free to call toll free at 1-888-393-3693 to speak with a representative.