What You Need to Know Before You Purchase a Capping Machine
Purchasing an auto capping machine for your manufacturing plant is a much more complex task than one might expect. It is actually very difficult to find a capping machine that perfectly tightens caps on top of bottles while also seamlessly fitting into your production facility. To find this, you would need to take a close look at your bottles, work area and caps in which the capping machine will be working on.
To start, you can first question the size and style of your caps. This includes their dimensions, diameters and torque requirements. Additionally, you will have to note if they have any special features such as mist spray caps, sports caps, dropper caps, Yorker caps, trigger spray caps or lotion caps. Having this information in black and white will allow you to quickly inform suppliers and help them to narrow down the options available.
Another piece of information that is essential is the amount of torque required of the machine in order to properly tighten your caps. Often times, people make the mistake of assuming that any cap tightening machine would be able to tighten caps of all sizes. However, this is largely incorrect and will lead to inefficiencies in your production line. As such, it is crucial that you emphasize your cap’s requirements to potential suppliers.
Fitting your auto capping machine into your production environment is in of itself a difficult challenge. You will need to question if you have sufficient space for the machine to fit in; is compressed air available or would you instead need a cap torquer that runs on electricity; will you being the capping machine with a conveyor belt or will the machine instead be simply placed on a table. Another often overlooked question is whether there are any special requirements in your production facility for sterility. If this were to be the case, you should consider purchasing an auto capping machine that is made of stainless steel.
Finally, the users of the device must be considered as well. Do your users require simpler to operate but limited machines, or are they capable of maximising the usage of more advance systems? Based on their capabilities, resources and responsibilities, you should purchase an appliance that best matches to their needs. This will ensure minimum lost of resources while also keeping the learning curve to a manageable amount.
When the above-mentioned points are answered by your team, you will be able to hand over precise requirements to your potential supplier or manufacturer. Based on which, they would be able to do the leg work of finding and recommending suitable models. This would help reduce the time and effort needed on your side in this process.