This in-line solution from automated packaging machinery manufacturer NJM handles a wide range of bottle shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of closure types, with simple mechanics that speed changeover and reduce maintenance.
Unlike traditional in-line cappers that use discs or spindles that wear and cause quality issues, every beltorque capper, including the BT-ICL, uses two pairs of belts to gently rotate and tighten caps. By synchronizing the speed of the bottle with the rotating speed of the closure innovative design applies precise torque that eliminates damage to the closure and minimizes cap skew and slippage.
“Many customers tell us that, before they installed a new BT-ICL, their traditional disc or spindle cappers were finicky and required near constant supervision. Even during production shifts, their spindle cappers needed manual readjustment to ensure proper handling, which was very labor intensive,” said Omar Azam, Inside Sales Manager at NJM. “The BT-ICL is entirely automated, offering repeatable performance without operator monitoring. Customers say the BT-ICL significantly increases their line performance and efficiency.”
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The beltorque BT-ICL linear, continuous-motion capper is ideal for nutraceuticals, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, foods, and more. It handles round, oval, square, and rectangular bottles made of plastic or glass from 2 to 12 in. in height and from 0.5 to 8 in. in diameter. It can apply child-resistant, flip-top, screw and snap caps made of plastic or metal in sizes up to 4.75 in.
The BT-ICL is available with either a fully-integrated centrifugal bowl for tall caps or an elevator feeder for other standard closures. It can be equipped with a standard 5-cubic foot (0.14-cubic meter) cap hopper or an optional 9-cubic foot (0.25-cubic meter) cap hopper. The capper offers a compact footprint that is only 7 feet (213 cm) in length and can be mounted on a standard bottle conveyor.