Key Benefits of Automating the Capping Process
Automatic machinery, capping equipment included, will often be put into place to increase the speed with which products can be prepared for the shelf. However, speed is not the only benefit of adding automated equipment. Below are a few of the benefits of adding an automatic capping machine to a packaging process.
Cost and Process Efficient
Using manual labor for capping or sealing bottles can be not only time consuming, but also expensive if multiple employs are necessary to meet demand. Hand-capping bottles when demand reaches a certain point simply becomes inefficient. Using an automatic capping machine can reduce labor costs while also speeding up the process. Automatic cappers typically allow a single operator to set up the machine prior to the production run and then requires that operator to simply replenish bulk caps and monitor the system once running. Rather than require interaction with each bottle and cap, the automatic equipment frees up manual labor to perform other tasks.
Consistent and Reliable
Unfortunately, sealing containers by hand will almost always lead to inconsistent capping. This inconsistency can take many forms, depending on the type of closure being used for any given project. Caps may be under-tightened, over-tightened or even cross-threaded. In addition, manual labor will seldom be able to work at the same pace throughout an eight, or more, hour workday. Adding automatic capping machinery to a packaging line ensures that closures will be placed, tightened or sealed in the same manner, both consistently and reliably, throughout the entire production day.
Minimize Operator Contact and Reducing Injury
As noted above, hand-capping will require an operator to interact with each bottle and cap being produced. This may require placing a cork in a bottle, screwing on a threaded cap or snapping a lid into place. Adding automatic machinery removes the need for each bottle and cap to be handled by a worker, instead simply allowing set-up at the beginning of the production day and quick changeovers if multiple caps are being run. This lack of interaction can also keep workers safe by removing the possibility of repetitive motion injuries with certain closures. For example, a worker twisting on threaded caps all day, every day, may be at risk of a wrist injury, a risk that is removed by adding an automatic capper.
Almost every automatic capping machine manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions will be built on a portable frame. This manufacturing technique allows the capping machine to roll up to existing conveyors and quickly and easily be added to a packaging line. Custom capping machines are also available for unique situations where the portable frame may not be the best fit for a project.
Built to Handle Almost Any Closure Type
Automatic capping and sealing machinery built by LPS will be manufactured to handle the caps or closures being used on a specific project. As such, spindle cappers and chuck cappers are built for threaded, screw-on type closures. Bottle corkers are manufactured for corks, T-corks and similar closures. Automatic machinery also exists to work with ROPP closures, snap on closures and more. LPS always asks for sample caps to ensure that once the machinery is delivered, it will properly secure each and every closure used by the packager.
To learn more about Automatic Capping Machinery, contact LPS using the forms found on the website or call Toll Free at 1-888-393-3693 to speak with a Packaging Specialist today.