Tabletop Chuck Capping Machine for Continuous Thread Screw Caps
For smaller or medium sized packagers using screw-on type closures, capping and sealing containers by hand can not only be a frustrating process, but time consuming as well. In trying to get the caps on quickly to move to the next phase of preparing a product, loose and cross-threaded caps are almost a certainty. In addition, long periods of time screwing on caps can lead to fatigue or repetitive motion injuries, not to mention the time taken away from other product preparations. Where space or budget are limited, a tabletop chuck capping machine may be able to add consistentcy, reliability and even a little speed to the capping process.
Tabletop chuck capping machines will still require an operator to assist in the capping process, but without the need to screw on each and every cap. As the name suggests, this machine can be placed on any tabletop to allow for a capping area to be set up in just about any location. This capping machine includes a V-slot nesting area that allows the oeprator to quickly and consistently position the bottle and cap under the chuck head.
While these machines can be custom manufactured and not all will work exactly the same, teh capping process will normally consist of the following. Once bottles are filled with product, the operator of the chuck capper will simply place the cap on the bottle and slide the combination in to the V-slot area. A sensor will be used to see the bottle when in position and the chuck head will descend to quickly and consistently apply torque to the cap, creating a reliable seal with each cycle. As with any semi-automatic packaging machine, the speed with which the containers can be capped will depend in part on the operator of the machine, but if a steady supply of caps and bottles can be set up for any operator, some time can be taken off of the capping process. Some packagers will use turntables to supply bottles and many combine the tabletop bottle capper with a tabletop filling machine, allowing a single operator to fill and cap bottles in a small area.
Even though speed may be increased, the biggest benefits, mentioned above, will be the consistent, repeatable sealing of each bottle, minimizing overtightened and undertightened caps while also protecting against injury and fatigue. In addition to the tabletop model, Liquid Packaging Solutions also manufactures handheld and portable frame chuck capping machines to fit the different needs and processes of different packagers. To learn more about chuck cappers or any of the other bottle capping and sealing machines built in the La Porte, Indiana plant, visit the Capping and Sealing section of the LPS website.