Long established as a supplier in the business-to-business market, juice manufacturer Jus-Made recently branched into the retail market with products such as coffee syrups, cocktail mixes, and dietary supplements. Such products require tamper-evident seals, so when the Dallas-based firm installed a new hot-fill line for the new products, the line included an Enercon Industries
) Super Seal Max induction sealer
According to Tim Ray, Jus-Made's plant manager, the Enercon sealer enables the company to handle a wide range of bottle volumes and neck diameters. This is especially important because so much of Jus-Made's business in on a contract manufacturing basis. "The machine has different sealing heads available, which has allowed us to increase flexibility and the number of customers we can serve," says Ray. Jus-Made seals 63-mm cap diameters at speeds in excess of 145 bottles/min. The company also seals containers with 28-mm caps on the same line.
The majority of Jus-Made's caps are high-density polyethylene with a foil liner. The caps are applied primarily to PET bottles, though some bottles are HDPE. Berlin Packaging
) supplies the caps, liners, and bottles.
According to Ray, the Enercon tunnel sealing heads produce a more effective seal by running the electromagnetic current vertically as well as horizontally. The sealer is air-cooled, requiring little maintenance, and its plug-in sealing head design makes changing heads quick and easy, says Ray.
In addition to providing tamper evidence, induction sealing extends the product's shelf life. "That can be a great help to our distributors and retailers, and we can stock more inventory," says Ray.