Secure Sealing With Tabletop Chuck Capping Machines
While securely sealing bottles and other containers is an important part of any packaging plan, not all companies have a need for a fully automatic capping machine. Liquid Packaging Solutions fills a gap between hand capping bottles and using automatic equipment by manufacturing semi-automatic machinery, including tabletop cappers.
Tabletop capping machines are available for a variety of closure types, but the chuck capping machine is probably the most popular variety of the tabletop machines, as it tightens screw-on type closures. The most common screw-on type cap is the simple flat cap which is found on most beverage bottles, including almost all varities of bottled water. But these closures are used for many other products as well, including different variations. Screw-on type closures may flip open, like some found on shampoo and conditioner bottles, they may include sports caps found on certain beverage bottles and they may take many other forms. The number of products using some variation of screw-on type cap makes the chuck capper a popular choice among packagers.
The tabletop chuck capping machine bridges the gap between hand capping and automatic capping by allowing an operator to simply place the cap on the bottle and then slide the bottle under the capping head. The capper head then descends to apply torque to the cap in a consistent and reliable manner, avoiding issues such as over- or under-tightened caps while also protecting hand cappers from repetitive motion injuries or fatigue throughout the day. Depending on the packaging process and the number of laborers used, the tabletop machine may add a little speed and efficiency to the capping process, but the main benefit of these simple machines is consistent sealing of bottles and other containers.
For smaller packagers, filled bottles can be collected for one or more operators to use the tabletop machines at a capping station. Other variations may couple a tabletop filling machine with the chuck capper to allow one operator to fill and cap containers. Depending on the cap types and sizes, some capping heads may use a rubber insert to avoid marring or otherwise damaging the caps. One capping head will work for a range of caps but for packagers that use very small to very large caps, multiple capping heads or chucks may be necessary.
As noted above, tabletop capping machines are available to seal other closure types as well, including corks, snap-on caps and others. To learn more about this machine, check out the Tabletop Chuck Capper page on the LPS website. For assistance in determining the best capping solution for your own project, call LPS to speak with a Capping Specialist!