Product Spotlight - Automatic Chuck Capping Machine

Product Spotlight - Automatic Chuck Capping Machine

Chuck cappers come in all shapes and sizes, from handheld manual models to semi-automatic chuck cappers to fully automated inline capping machines.  Each of these chuck cappers will use a chuck head and insert, fit specifically to the cap being used to seal the bottle.  The chuck head descends over the cap to apply consistent torque to each bottle being capped.  As explained below, the automatic chuck capper offers several advantages over handheld and semi-automatic models. 


While handheld, semi-automatic and automatic chuck cappers will all require an operator, the operator interaction with each type of chuck capping machine will vary.  Handheld and semi-automatic cappers will require the operator to place a cap on each container as well as initiate the capping process for each container.  Initiating the capping process may consist of squeezing a trigger, activating a footswitch or simply placing a bottle in front of a sensor.  

The operator of an automatic chuck capping machine will need only to set up the capping equipment prior to running production and supply bulk caps to the capping machine from time to time.  If a wide variety of different size caps or containers are being run on an inline packaging system, different chuck sizes or chuck inserts may be required.  In general, the set up of the capping machine will require minimal time.

The automatic chuck capping machine also includes an automatic cap delivery system that places the caps on the bottle prior to being tightened by the chuck head.  The delivery system may include a cap elevator or cap sorting bowl combined with a chute for delivery to the individual bottles.  The automatic cap delivery system only requires the operator to place bulk caps in the hopper when necessary.


The automatic chuck capper also produces capped bottles faster than the handheld or semi-automatic capping machines.  Automatic indexing, normally a starwheel, can allow for multiple capping heads on the automatic machine.  Multiple heads allow more than one bottle to be capped per cycle, which in turn allows the capping machine to keep pace with automatic liquid fillers, rinsing machines and labeling equipment.  As a general rule, handheld and semi-automatic chuck cappers will only perform as fast as the operator of the capping machine. 

Finally, this automatic chuck capping machine can be integrated into almost any existing packaging line.  As noted above, multiple capping heads can be used to allow the chuck capper to keep pace with other packaging machinery.  The automatic chuck capper can be used to add to an existing line where capping demands have increased due to rising production needs.  

While handheld and semi-automatic machines are ideal for low to medium production facilities, automatic chuck cappers add continuous capping to an automated packaging system and allow for higher speed capping.

If you would like more information on the automatic chuck capping machine or chuck cappers in general, simply click here to browse these capping machines.  If you have questions regarding any of the machines or would like to discuss your packaging project with a Packaging Specialist, call Liquid Packaging Solutions, Inc. toll free at 1-888-393-3693.