MAKWELL Capping Machine
MAKWELL has a wide range of capping machines that works excellently for various packaging applications. A great choice for food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, cosmetics, chemicals, and many other industries.
Depending on the kind of cap, you may choose from our wide variety of semi-automatic and fully-automatic capping machines. Each has a different capping system (servo based, pick and place, snap/press fit, screw, ROPP, Aluminum flip-top, rubber stopper, inner plug, etc.). Bottle cappers and machines as both individual units and as part of a unified mono-block or assembly line.
The operating speed of this machine ranges from 20 to 60 bottles per minute, depending on the size and shape of the bottle and cap. It works with bottles 20–160 mm in diameter, caps 18–70 mm in diameter, and bottles 30–300 mm in diameter.
Depending on the size and form of the bottle and cap, this machine may produce up to 40 bottles every minute. Ideal for bottles with a 20–50mm height. Includes a bottle electronic eye for auto detection, conveyor, operating panel, capping chuck, automatic capping system, etc.
Depending on the size and form of the bottle and cap, this machine may produce up to 40 bottles every minute. Best for bottles with a 20–50mm height. Features rotary plate design for transporting and finish capping process. Bottle cap feeder for feeding lids before capping bottles.
Capping Machine Advantages
No bottle no capping system. Accurate for repeatable performance.
Adapt PLC, Siemens touch screen electrical controlling system.
Cap Feeder Auto On/Off system preventing cap damage. Integrates fault alarms.
Choose different capping heads for different sizes of bottles.
What is a Capping Machine?
After filling products in the filling machine, the purpose of capping machines is to fasten caps on bottles and drums. These machines have three fundamental equipment categories: manual, semi-automatic, and fully automatic. Manual capping help with product positioning or holding. Operators handle most controls and operations. Whereas semi-automatic capping machines enable a single operator to do regular tasks quickly and precisely. These cappers aid in placing as well as packing. Lastly, fully automatic capping devices operate without the need for human input. Operator participation in fully automated systems is minimal in supplying packaging components.
- Capping system with 1 to 20 heads or more.
- Maximum output speed of 400bpm or higher.
- Color touchscreen PLC for error messages and control system.
- Quick and easy changeovers. Auto-adjustable capping heads.
- All contact components are SS304, Aluminum, Delrin, etc. SS-clad MS frame.
- Feed worm clutch prevents bottle damage.
- Auto-on/off system starts when the bottle enters the infeed conveyor and stops if there is no bottle.
- Conveyor guide rails that are adjusted to fit various items.
- Organized speed regulation.
- A lockable security cabinet is available as an add-on.
Automatic Capping Machine Applications
Food and Beverage Processing: Most packaging machine packs beverage in bottles or cans. Food processing plants also store food in breakable containers but with secure capping. These techniques use automated capping devices to cap food containers.
Medical and Military Products: Pharmaceutical companies make and ship medication in various containers. Military items are no different. These fragile applications need strong product sealing. Automated capping devices make tamper-proof seals to prevent contamination.
Agricultural: Most are in tightly sealed bottles for tight and tamper-proof caps when buying insecticides and solvent fertilizers. Agricultural producers use automated capping equipment to create such caps.
Industrial or General Packaging: The capping machine has several industrial applications. Helps insert and fasten package caps. The cosmetics industry is the only one that places a premium on secure product packaging. Chemical businesses employ this equipment as their products are fragile.
Capping Machine Phases & Characteristics
The capping machine’s outside shell is a high-quality stainless steel plate, while its inner workings are aluminum alloy, making it lightweight and simple to transport. The device’s range of use is broad enough to accommodate various bottle heights and cap diameters. International frequency converters control bottle clamping, cap screwing, and bottle-cap conveying motors.
|Bottle Conveying System
The conveying system consists of a motor, driving chain wheel, driven chain wheel, chain plate, railing, and other parts. When the motor activates, the conveying chain plate moves because the driving chain wheel is driving the driven chain wheel. Adjusting the rail up, down, forward, or backward allows you to tailor the machine to the needs of bottles of varying specifications that fit within the conveyor belt’s range.
|Bottle Clamping System
The tensioning device, consisting of a motor and a worm gear reducer, turns two sets of sequential pulleys. The bottle body may flow smoothly between the two pairs of synchronous belts after screwing the cap. The imported frequency converter can steplessly alter the speed of the synchronous belt for bottle clamping. The distance between the belts is adjustable using the adjustment wheel, depending on the size of the bottle body.
|Cap Screwing System
The motor drives three sets of capping wheels and a worm gear reducer through a tensioning system consisting of three pulleys. Three sets of cap-screwing wheels, for a total of six, are spaced at different heights and distances. This imported frequency converter allows stepless adjustment of the cap screwing speed. The adjustable wheel allows customization of the distance between the cap screwing wheels to accommodate various bottle cap sizes and bottle body heights.
|Cap Dropping System
The height of the bottle cap determines the adjustment of the adjusting screw rod W, the lock nuts A and B, and the compression nut. Also, the length of rod X and rod Y are adjustable to be the same as the diameter of the bottle cap. To accommodate for variations in bottle height, this mechanism’s screwing cap height may be fine-tuned by raising or lowering the adjusting screw rod Z.
|Cap Feeding System
Fill the hopper with bottle caps; the conveyor belt will transport them to the falling cap holder. Where incorrect bottle caps will return to the hopper, and correct ones will go on to the next step.
- A cap screw machine has two unique techniques to fasten caps on bottles. The sampling system has a precise cap chute that dispenses caps, and the bottle catches them up as they pass. This technique is compatible with many caps, such as skirts and aluminum caps. It often occurs in both rotary and inline capping machines.
- The term “pick and put” describes an additional method. In this case, a robotic arm takes the cap and sets it on the container. These solutions are more adaptable than others, working with almost any kind of closure.
- The capping head seals the container when the cap is put on it. It uses a process specific to the kind of seal and the nature of the product.
- This machine presses down on the cap while the rollers conduct the work to create a seal around the bottleneck when adopting an aluminum skirt cap. When a threaded cap, on the other hand, is used, the machine may provide torque and downward pressure to ensure a good seal.
Our fully automatic capping machines have many other benefits, such as long life, ease of use, and rapid production.
Long Life Service: Each bottle capping machine is fabricated from stainless steel. Since stainless steel is very strong and resistant to heat and corrosion, our capping machines are built to last. Moreover, stainless steel limits the growth of microorganisms, further ensuring the high quality of your final products.
Fast Production: Servo motors and cylinders power the pick-and-place machine, allowing for faster motion. Increased output as a whole. Another time saver is switching cap types quickly and efficiently without sacrificing production.
Ease of Use: Our automatic capping machines can have an LCD operated by a programmable logic controller (PLC). These devices can remember up to 50 different settings, reducing the need to enter the same information repeatedly and boosting productivity constantly.
Capping Machine Types
Because it is adaptable to a wide variety of containers and caps, it has become the go-to packaging machine. Depending on the container setup and cap size, this machine may reach speeds of up to 200 caps per minute. Torque regulation is accomplished by clutches that tighten upon achieving the ideal torque and then release.
Because of the machine’s particular bottle-handling replacement parts, it is more expensive and reliable. In addition, it is tailored to fit a wide range of cap sizes. They serve a vital purpose in situations involving unstable containers like tiny bottles. It will help with the granulation of tight surfaces for use in the pharmaceutical industry.
Having specialized bottle-handling replacement components, this equipment is more dependable and expensive. It also accommodates a wide range of cap sizes. They play a significant role in uses involving applications using little bottles that are prone to toppling over. It will help in the granulation of pharmacologically acceptable, surface-tightening particles.
Get the most out of this unit using containers bigger than 80 mm. It will keep the containers upright to avoid any possibility of cross-threading. A cap tightener is essential to position the cap and get the desired torque correctly. Along with a cap tightener, it may serve as a low-cost alternative to a chuck capper.
This device applies for both initial and subsequent tightening. A vertical placer is necessary to provide the desired torque output. Retorquing caps after many sealing occurrences induced by the machine is a common use for the device. Caps may become loose due to excessive heat generated by upstream induction. An automatic tightener will retighten the cap to the specified torque.
This guarantees affordable prices and a very high degree of labor. Although there are electric variations, this machine relies only on pneumatics. Pneumatic capping machines are simple to use, but they rely on steady downward pressure from the operator to achieve reproducibility in torque.
In addition to being hazardous, flammable, solvent, and explosive compounds also need capping. The machines have intrinsically safe electrical casings that isolate their wiring, making them explosion resistant. This will prevent the electrical systems from igniting the potentially dangerous substance. The explosion-proof construction of the device ensures that it will not cause any more harm in an accidental fire.
Other MAKWELL Products
Makwell Capping Machine
It is essential to have a dependable bottle capping machine in any liquid packaging lines. This step requires various equipment based on the closure type and package form. We offer flexible capping solutions for different packaging lines, such as one-head, side wrap series, and more; these auto cappers find widespread application in diverse industries. MAKWELL is the most reliable automated bottle capping machine manufacturer, so feel free to contact us with any inquiries about the quality of our capping machines.
How to Choose a Capping Machine?
What follows is a discussion of some factors you should consider when choosing a capping machine.
Cap sizes generally range from relatively small (5 mm) to large (120 mm). A large size range is sometimes difficult to cope with in a capping machine. On the other hand, huge caps will need a capping machine with vertical positioning mechanisms and a cap tightener. Tiny caps may also provide a significant problem as they limit the kind of capping equipment accessible.
Only the monoblock technology may handle the bottle caps because of their small size. To further narrow down the best tool, we may look at the diameter of the caps. Tiny` caps may need modest vibratory sorting devices, while big caps may call for bulk elevator sorters.
Cap sorting will depend on the height-to-width ratio. It will also factor in deciding which capping machine is most suitable for the task.
Flat caps are simple to organize, put on, and secure. It’s adaptable to many kinds of sorting equipment. If, however, the caps’ height ends up being more than their width, this might be a problem. Only vibratory and centrifugal automatic capping machines will remain on the market.
Whether or not you select a machine capable of stripping the caps depends on the caps’ dimensions. Machines that can choose and vertically position the cap on the container may be an option. It will also play a role in deciding whether or not you get an “inline” or “chuck vertical” capping device.
Pumps, dropper dips, and spray heads are too expensive for closures to place automatically and sort. After carefully inserting the caps by hand, you’ll need a tightener to secure them in place.
Closure Design and Fit
Examining the closure’s design and how it attaches to the container will be necessary here. It is essential to use a vertical chuck-type placement on particular containers when using enclosures with tread covers. The cap on a detergent spout cup illustrates this type well. They’re tall, with a skirt that may be inserted into the container’s opening and then tightened with threads.
Vertical sorting and placing of plugs, stoppers, and corks is essential. This kind of closure needs machines that move at a much slower rate on intermittent motion than inline capping machines. Continuous motion line capping devices are less expensive than intermittent vertical installation equipment. Monoblock solutions are necessary for highly tiny plug designs, which may be costly for independent producers.
More automation in the capping process is a major bottleneck in production. There are significant health concerns associated with the labor-intensive manual capping operation. It could cost very little initially, but it will ultimately cost a fortune. It’s a lengthy procedure, and the most containers you can cap in a minute is 10. If you use a semi-automatic capping machine, more containers may be sealed in time. Standard rates range from 15–20 containers each minute. Even though we’ve doubled our container capacity, we’ll hit our limit in one minute.
A fully automated system can process over 200 containers per minute by automatically sorting, placing, and tightening the caps. Whether or whether the cap style is in constant motion will determine this. The cap production rate will drop significantly for those who rely on the periodic motion. A single or double plunger and chuck may allow for up to 60 CPM speeds. The great speed comes at a considerable price, as does the machine’s purchase and setup. The device will increase your productivity, so there’s no need to worry.
Working Environment and Operating Factors
The environment in which you want to place the automatic capping machine will also influence the sort of machine you choose. The operational factors you wish to examine will also affect your decision.
If you plan to handle chemicals that might cause corrosion or explosive materials. Choose a device to have components that can resist chemical deterioration. Your manufacturer should be able to provide you with a machine that suits your needs regarding frame design and electrical specifications. The device must meet suitable quality criteria for a variety of settings.
Future Production Estimates
You should choose a capping machine that is upgradeable in the future, just like you would any other equipment. It’s possible that, eventually, the market for benchtop capping machines will saturate.
You may save up for more advanced models with the funds you save using semi-automatic capping machines. If you want to maximize output at the packaging facility, you can fully automate the equipment. The lower the cost of starting capital, the more attractive this alternative becomes.
Selecting a capping machine requires a well-thought-out strategy. Bear in mind that the rate of technological development and the level of consumer demand are both subject to change. Thus, you should choose a machine that can easily accommodate any increases or decreases in production volume.
A high-quality machine will work well with the others on the line. For instance, a tabletop capping machine will need fixing with your power conveyor and automatic fillers and labelers very well. The present conveyor and automated conveyor system will be upgraded with an automatic capping machine.
Choosing a machine that works well with others in the manufacturing system is important. It reduces the amount of time spent setting up and boosts output simultaneously.
Initial investment Capital
The machine you buy will depend on how much budget you have available for the initial investment. The better quality of the capping machine you may expect to get is proportional to the size of your financial investment. There are many additional things to consider besides the ones you’ve already viewed. These contain:
- The expense of extra replacement parts.
- There is available floor space.
- Operational speed and torque precision.
The majority of capping machines are designed to only work with specific closures. For screw-on closures, there are spindle and chuck cappers; for roll-on pilfer-proof caps (ROPP); and for snap-on closures, there are snap-on cappers.
Some can use many closure types of the same closure type. Screw-on caps come in various shapes and forms, from simple flat caps to flip-tops, trigger sprayers, and pumps. Please send us all caps samples to ensure the machine will work with the closures you want to use in your packaging project! Custom capping equipment, such as a spindle & snap capper, can accommodate many closure types; however, using multiple closure types might increase production costs and setup/changeover times.
No. Many bottle cappers are available, from manual to fully automated, continuous models. By learning the machine’s controls, you can more accurately predict how much time and labor will be needed to seal the required bottles. An operator of an automatic machine should provide a large number of closures on occasion while maintaining attention on the equipment and the whole packing line.
Nevertheless, the degree to which an operator is necessary might vary significantly across semi-automatic machines. To proceed to the next step in the packing process, certain machines may need human intervention to put the cap, execute the capping procedure, and remove the sealed container. A wide range of steps may be followed, from opening the machine to placing the cap on the bottle and setting it on the conveyor. Inquire in detail to ensure the operators understand what is expected of them.
Having your bottle filling and capping machine and keeping it running may be a full-time job in and of itself. Yet it’s crucial for your factory’s bottom line. Spare components are essential for most factories since they depend on their in-house assembly process. In the event of equipment failure or impending breakdown, this will help you save both time and money. Consider the following bottle capping machine ownership and operation expenses.
It is essential to keep your bottle capping equipment in good working order. The best possible functionality and your complete satisfaction may both be guaranteed by regular servicing. Poor machine maintenance leads to diminished performance and decreased earnings. Always examine your bottle capping equipment’s gearbox and other moving elements to ensure they are in top shape. Maintain tempo consistency throughout all of the different parts.
If product demand keeps rising, you will likely hit a wall while using semi-automatic bottle cappers. It’s possible to add more semi-automatic capping machine for bottles and focus only on regional or local goods processing. However, a cap transport system and control panels may be added to automate the operation in the future, and this and other semi-automated equipment can be built on the same chassis as fully automatic machines. By thinking about your long-term plans, determine which machine will serve your immediate demands without becoming outdated too soon.