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JUNE 4, 2012
Nine best practices for
selecting capping equipment
By Brian Kelly, Contributing Editor
1. Know your closure. The tip we heard the most, from both suppliers and end users, was that you must understand the tolerance of the closure itself and then marry the material tolerance to the machine tolerance. You must completely understand all the geometry, tolerances and measurements of your closures before you order a machine. For example: what sort of pressure does a snap-on closure take? With a screw-top closure, you might be able to use 20 times more force, but how many times do you have to rotate it? Often, packagers don’t take into account the type of closure and balance the application torque and removal torque required by the consumer. Induction sealers add another variable, as they may loosen caps, requiring the addition of a re-torquer. Additionally, every closure has a decay time on the removal torque; you need to know the decay time, because it may loosen on the shelf. Know this information and share it with your supplier.

2. Consider both the consumer and the machine. Because the cap has to interface with both. Consider the size of the bottle opening from both a filling and evacuation standpoint. Also evaluate whether to use a single-closure assembly vs. a two- or three-piece cap assembly. The geometry of the package must be considered first, and then you should explore the type of feeding system you need to deliver the closures to the capping machine.

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Case study
Pepsi bottler shares secrets of OEE, Six Sigma, Lean
Pepsi Bottling Ventures boosts uptime, improves OEE scores 21 points, adds more than an hour to daily productivity and covers automation costs in one year in Nampa, Idaho, the project's leader told attendees learned in a packaging session at The Automation Conference.
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Supplier News
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Berkley International Packaging to open new manufacturing facility
in Los Angeles
Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. sells Thermoforming Division to
D&W Fine Pack
Hitachi America relocates to larger facility in Charlotte, NC >>
Berlin Packaging acquires Lerman Container >>
New Equipment
Premier Tech Chronos Omega Design Corp. National Bulk Equipment, Inc.
H F/F/S bagger produces up to 35 bags/min. Variable speed feeder for desiccant and oxygen absorbers Bulk material system uses three storage vessels
Thermo Fisher Scientific MG America Nanotec Electronic GmbH & Co. KG
X-ray contaminant detector Intermittent motion cartoner Stepper motors with magnetic encoder
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Live from Interphex: Commercial packaging facility coming to Pennsylvania
Almac announces additional details on their new commercial packaging facility opening Fall 2012 in Audubon, Pennsylvania.
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