New tangential-infeed rotary capper from U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has 24 heads for speeds to 700 bpm. Accepts containers at the capping head from the infeed screw for immediate cap application to eliminate brim spilling.
The 5-gal water bottling equipment from Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has been certified by NSF. Using a bacteriological swab test, Portola's washers were tested to NSF standard 3 for sanitization efficacy using ozone as a disinfectant.
Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
MRM Elgin's (Menomonie, WI) Versa-Cap capper applies plastic or metal continuous-thread caps onto plastic, metal or glass containers at speeds to 240 caps/min, depending on cap and bottle size, material and spacing.
U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has introduced an in-line capper that can be mounted over the filler discharge star. This allows full control of the bottle and provides proper bottle spacing for the cap pick-off device.