Five Major Benefits of Automatic Bottle Cappers
While different capping machines are necessary for different closure types, there are several benefits of automatic bottle cappers regardless of the type of cap being used for any given project. For packagers with high demand, bottle cappers are likely a necessity, not only to meet demand, but to save the wrists and fingers of those who might otherwise need to hand cap containers.
Below are some of the benefits that can almost always be expected when using an automatic capping machine.
1. Increased Production Speed
In almost every case imaginable, a move to an automated capping system will increase the amount of bottles capped in a given time. While numbers could be matched by hand capping, such a task would require a large manual labor force! While hand capping and even semi-automatic capping will require an operator for each and every container to be sealed, automatic bottle cappers will use a conveyor or a type of automatic indexing to continuously cap containers without operator assistance. The operator will be responsible for providing bulk caps and set up of the machine, but this will require much less time than assisting with each bottle.
2. Consistent and Reliable Capping
Another advantage that automatic cappers have over hand twisting or otherwise manually applying closures is the consistency and reliability of the seal. When correctly set up, the first and last bottle sent through an automatic capping machine will be tightened or sealed in the same manner, resulting in nearly identical finished products. Extended time hand capping can lead to worker fatigue, inconsistent seals and, in some cases, even repetitive motion injuries!
3. Product Security
When closures are being tightened or sealed in a consistent and reliable manner, a packager can also rest easy knowing that product will be secure in the given container. No leaking or spilling should be expected, and in some cases, tamper evident closures will ensure end users receive secure product knowing no one has opened or otherwise interfered with in a negative manner. The ability to repeatedly and reliably seal containers leads to a secure product for both the packager and the purchaser.
Though some adjustment may be necessary when changing over, almost every bottle capper manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions can handle a range of bottle and cap sizes. While there is some limitation when dealing with different types of closures (such as screw-on caps and corks), some capping techniques can also be combined in to one custom capping machine, such as the spindle snap capper. Custom machines are always an option when a wide range of cap types and sizes are in play, but typically one machine will handle all of the caps for one given project.
5. Easy Operation
While automatic capping machines require some set up post operation to ensure smooth production, once properly set (often done at the factory) the machines more or less run themselves! Conveyor railing, bottle stabilizing components or sealing components may all need to be adjusted when a new bottle is run, as well as the cap delivery system, but once up and running, operators need only ensure bulk caps and bottles are available! Again, rather than assisting with each bottle, automatic machines let the operator spend a few minutes setting up before freeing that person to do other packaging tasks!
For anyone looking to speed up their packaging process, and specifically the capping portion of that process, automatic bottle cappers may be the solution you need. To learn more about all of the different capping machines manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions, simply click on the Capping and Sealing section of the LPS website.