Check out Mesa’s new website – features for improved navigation

Mesa is pleased to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website: mesalabs.com 

The goal of the new website is to provide better overall functionality and a more user-friendly experience. In addition, they’ve centralized most of the existing secondary websites (subdomains) over to mesalabs.com. This will give you more clear and direct access for navigating Mesa’s site better.

The launch of the new website includes the following new additions:

Products and services: Access these in the What We Do tab at the top menu bar or by using our search filter feature located at the upper left of each page. 

Technical resources and documents: Find these at the Documentation tab in the top menu bar. There is a new filtering feature, which allows for easier accessibility.

Documentation includes:

  • User Manuals and Instructions
  • Warranty and Services Information
  • Certification
  • Certificates of Analysis
  • Certificates of Conformity
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Forms (Orders, Returning Goods, etc.)
  • and more…

In case you need to talk with Mesa, contact technical support or find a distributor, this is accessible at the top of the site from the menu bar under “Contact”. 

We’re confident the new site will enhance your experience with Mesa and be a valuable resource as it continues to evolve.

As always, if you need to contact our reps for any torque inquiries, do not hesitate to connect with us.

ST-120S Industrial Cap Torque Tester

The ST-120S features a servo drive control, infinite chuck rotation, quick-change tooling, a color touchscreen interface, and faster cycle times.

The corrosion-resistant stainless steel head enclosure and anodized aluminum frame construction make the ST-120S ideally suited for the most demanding applications, such as testing closure torque at Carbonated Soda Drink (CSD), juice, bleach bottling operations as well as cleanroom environments.

The unit is equipped with anti-bridging, anti-tie down anti-repeat dual actuation safety start switches, but for maximum operator safety, the ST-120S can be also equipped with a full machine guard.

Features

  • Real-time, automatic display
  • NIST traceable calibration procedure
  • Strain gauge transducer technology
  • Automatic container clamping and closure gripping
  • Adjustable torque application speed
  • Counterbalance system for height adjustment
  • Infinite rotation (SERVO)
  • Encoder to measure the angular degree of rotation
  • Heavy-duty components

Testing Capabilities

  • Applied Torque: The ST-120 can be used as a benchtop capper, tightening the cap to a customer-defined setpoint.
  • Release Torque: The ST-120 is designed to accurately measure the release (thread break) torque of a cap.
  • Peak/Transient Torque: The standard ST-120 can measure and display the Applied or Release Peak in a torque testing cycle, however with optional hardware upgrades it is also possible to measure certain torque transients such as the engagement torque of a CR closure system or the peak of the bridge break torque of a Tamper Evident Band.
  • Container/Closure Fatigue: By allowing the ST-120 to apply and release the cap a number of times, it is possible to evaluate the effect of fatigue on the torque retention and seal quality of the closure and seal.
  • Release and Re-apply Torque: When packaging expensive products it is often required to return the tested container to the packaging line. By automatically re-applying the torque to the operator defined setpoint it is possible to save the product.
  • Topload Force (optional): This feature allows the monitoring and control of topload force. When testing child resistant caps or other closures requiring topload adjustment this feature allows the evaluation of topload force in the function of rotation and torque.

Contact Life Scientific, Inc. for more information on this equipment.

Mesa Labs Product Release of the Universal Torqo Chuck

Mesa Labs, a global leader in cap torque verification and analytical equipment, is proud to announce the release of its Universal Torqo Chuck.

To be most effective and accurate, torque analyzers are specifically customized for the bottle and cap combination to be tested on the unit. For facilities that test a large variety of cap and bottle combinations, customized tooling for each combination complicates the changeover process in addition to greatly increasing the cost to the end user.

As an increased variety of closure designs have gained prominence and popularity in the industry, Mesa has developed its new Universal Torqo Chuck to accommodate multiple serration patterns and cap sizes with a single change part, compatible with the Torqo torque analyzer (1502-1600).

Tapered to accommodate most 26-32mm OD plastic caps, Mesa’s non-destructive Universal Torqo Chuck is compatible with smooth caps, caps with various serration patterns, and eliminates the need for multiple costly chucks.

Contact us for more information on the Universal Torqo Chuck at 800-829-5741.

Life Scientific Inc Winners of Mesa’s Channel Partner Excellence Award!

Life Scientific, Inc. Winners of Mesa’s Channel Partner Excellence Award!

At Mesa Labs, Inc. (Mesa) our purpose is to protect the vulnerable. One way we do this is through partnering with companies that share this sentiment and rewarding them for all of the good work they put towards keeping things we hold dear safe. We took a look at the performance of each partner. We evaluated their highest achievements, the support they’ve shown towards customers throughout the year and determined who best exemplified excellence in overall performance and supporting our purpose in 2019. 

Mesa is pleased to announce the winners of our Channel Partner Excellence Award! 

“At Mesa, we strive to provide innovative, reliable monitoring and quality assurance products and services. Working with our channel partners ensures we deliver solutions and services of excellence to customers across the world.” – Gary Owens, CEO and President


Here are the 2019 winners and honorable mentions:

Torque

Winner: Life Scientific, Inc.

Life Scientific, Inc. protects the vulnerable by making sure their customers’ needs are heard while guiding them through the process of purchasing the correct equipment for their application. Additionally, Life Scientific understands that proper torque testing is essential to protect children from medications that are kept in bottles with loose lids. 

Honorable Mention: Select Packaging Automation

By strategically partnering with prominent manufacturers, Select Packaging Automation keeps your loved ones from harm by providing quality control solutions to pharma, beverage and other industries alike. They make it their goal to meet customer needs with reliable equipment and technical services that senses the risk before the problem begins. 


DataTrace®

Winner: Seika Corporation

Seika Corporation is a top partner for the DataTrace product line. They protect the vulnerable through providing quality control instrumentation to hospitals, labs, pharma manufacturers and other industries alike to make sure the food we eat every day is safe.

Honorable Mention: CiK Solutions

CiK Solutions is a company that thrives on customer satisfaction. They are always on the lookout for new customers who can benefit from DataTrace’s ability to monitor temperature, humidity and pressure permariters in critical environments to ensure the safety and efficacy of products we use on the day-to-day.


DryCal®

Winner: Quest Technology

Quest Technology provides their customers with effective industrial and environmental solutions to ensure that their employees and the public are safe. Through their representation of DryCal, Quest shows their support of environmental protection, workplace safety and ensuring defensible data.

Honorable Mention: Inteccon, Inc.

Inteccon, Inc. goes above and beyond to provide excellent customer service by holding customer support seminars, training, and general customer visits. They protect the vulnerable by partnering with government agencies to ensure the safe working conditions.

BGI Environmental Instruments

Winner: Inteccon, Inc.

Inteccon, Inc. thrives in protecting the vulnerable through collaborating with governments and specialists throughout Latin America to install superior ambient air monitoring systems. They are a valuable partner to Mesa as they help their customers measure critical parameters to keep everyone safe from air pollution risks.

Honorable Mention: Pacwill Environmental

Pacwill Environmental has been protecting the vulnerable for over twenty years by providing quality air and process gas measurement equipment. Even though they are a small team, they continue to give back to their customers in big ways through quality service and support.

Biological Indicators 

Winner: AR BROWN

AR BROWN is our hardworking and determined team from Japan who has ample knowledge of Mesa’s Biological Indicators (BI). They are passionate about bringing high quality products that help ensure sterility within the life sciences community – bringing an end to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and protecting the vulnerable. 

Honorable Mention: ST Pack

ST Pack is our highly motivated Biological Indicator (BI) partner in Argentina. They are dedicated to learning all they can about BI product lines, which will better help customers achieve sterilization assurance. ST Pack knows that BI products are an essential part of protecting the vulnerable from deadly contamination in hospitals.

With help from our valued channel partners, Mesa ensures the results we deliver to customers are greater than the products we make. Thank you to all our channel partners for dedicating your time and helping us protect the vulnerable. To learn more, visit mesalabs.com/aboutus.

Automatic Product Detection Torque Testing Head

While automated torque testers eliminate the ergonomic concerns of manual torque testing, they often require a trained mechanic to adjust the hardware and software configuration when changing over from one product to another. To overcome the complexity of the setup, Mesa Labs is now offering magnetically coded locator bases.

Features:

  • Environmentally friendly 3D precision printed acrylic locator bases
  • Highly resistant to corrosion and typical cleaning materials (IP, H2O2, Spor-Klenz), ideal for pharmaceutical cleanroom areas, beverage and chemical production facilities
  • Eliminates the need for mechanical and software setup adjustments
  • Custom engineered for each unique product for horizontal (centering) and height positioning
  • Unique, 5 position magnetic coding allows the automatic identification of up to 32 products
  • Available as an option for ST-S3 and ST-120s torque testers
  • Compatible with tubes, vials, and most pharmaceutical bottles*

*Sample bottles/caps are required for compatibility testing

For more information on the current Torque Testing Solutions we provide give us a call at 800-829-5741

Torque Testers in the Chemical Industry

Many chemical products are sold in spray bottles which must withstand corrosive chemicals. These bottles often use a trigger handle for dispersion, which can produce interesting torque challenges. The unique combinations of bottle and cap in the chemical industry may consist of push and turn, dispensing, snap top, child resistant, or squeeze and turn closures.

Mesa’s universal tooling approach offers solutions for all of these combinations. Our torque testers are also built to withstand corrosive chemicals that may come in contact with the tester, and are capable and built to handle oversized, uniquely shaped bottles.

To learn more about which Mesa Torque Tester is right for your chemical products, contact our office and request to speak with some of our torque product specialists.

Challenges

Spray bottle and other unique bottle/cap combinations can make torque verification and analysis a challenging proposition for this industry, but Mesa’s universal tooling approach offers solutions for these unique situations. Our Torque testers built to withstand corrosive chemicals which may come in contact with the tester. Mesa’s testers are also capable and built to handle oversized, and uniquely shaped bottles, which are prevalent in the chemical industry.

With a highly sensitive strain gage-based torque transducer, a 2000 CPR rotary encoder and proprietary pressure controlled cap and bottle gripper designs, our servo-driven automated torque tester can accurately detect both small and large changes in the torque and angle during the removal of a closure.

When tamper evident caps are used just knowing the release torque is not always enough, often knowing the torque required to break the bands is desired. Using a rotation driven release both the thread break and the band break can be measured. (See pg. 45 of ST-120S operator manual for info on how to set this up).

With the ability to deliver and measure up to 88 lbf.in (10 Nm) of torque, we can find and report the torque it takes to strip out the threads when tightening your containers closure.

Used to tighten a cap to a precise torque. Not often used by itself, aside from an evaluation or validation of a capping process, it can also be combined with the release testing for nondestructive testing as well as fatigue and accelerated aging testing.

Torqo 1600 Non-Destructive Cap Torque Tester available in the Trade In Program

The Torqo 1600 is a durable and reliable computerized cap torque analyzer which is setting a new standard for torque measurement throughout the packaging industry. With on-board microprocessors, it makes torque testing simple, accurate and affordable.

The Torqo 1600 is easy to use, easy to set up, easy to move and low maintenance!

Tooling is available for any threaded closure – including child resistant caps – and this compact unit delivers and stores precise results at the touch of a button.

The Torque product line has been providing accurate torque measurement readings for the past 50 years. The Torqo II+ system incorporates 15 years of factory floor proven technology, supplying customers with precision torque data to help improve the production as well as the packaging of the product.

Mesa Torque systems have become the standard in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries, consistently providing accurate and reliable torque level readings to help companies manage quality control.

• Compact Size

• Constant Speed Drive

• Simple Touch Screen Programming

• Calibratable in the Field • NIST Traceable Calibration

• Wide Operating Temperature Range

• Non-destructive Testing

• Full One-year Warranty

• USB Connectivity

• Ethernet Connectivity

• External Universal Power Supply

• LAN Connectivity

• RS-232 Port

Cap torque analyzers have been serving the torque industry for many years now. Many models done a tremendous job providing consistent, reliable data and providing However, most models were designed several years ago and contain many critical components that are now obsolete and unsupported. Mesa Laboratories, Inc. is offering an upgrade option for the Torqo 1590 to 1600. Call our office today and find out more.

Testing the Seal Integrity of Pouches and Eye Drop Bottles

It has been determined that release torque testing is not an appropriate way to test the seal integrity (tightness) of pouch caps or eye drop bottles. The problem with release torque testing is that these caps have integrated tamper evident bands and the tamper evident bridge break torque cannot be reliably and easily distinguished from the thread break torque of the cap.

Due to this design, there is a major concern with using the release torque as an indication of seal integrity. It can be difficult to differentiate between the thread break and the bridge break peaks. Also, it is possible to rotate the cap on the bottle neck to a point where the TEB is properly engaged but the threads are not tight, and the bottle is not sealed.

If the TEB break torque of a loose cap falls in the acceptable removal torque range of a normal cap, it is impossible to differentiate between the release torque result of a tight cap and the TEB bridge break torque of a loose cap.

To overcome this issue, Mesa has implemented a new test method, one that tightens the closure and measures the rotation of the cap from the cycle start until the application setpoint is measured, instead of measuring removal. The more the cap is rotating, the looser the cap.

Using the Torqo 1600, you may use the “close measure mode” to replace the release torque test for seal integrity testing. The close measure mode is designed to measure the torque which is applied to a cap.

The system will rotate the cap in the clockwise (closing) direction until the cap begins to rotate. The point at which the cap begins to rotate will be considered the application torque and will be displayed on the screen.

Another cool aspect of the newest generation of Mesa’s Torque testers is the interchangeable tooling, that allows the end user to perform torque tests on multiple different types of packaging.

If you want to discuss your torque requirements and needs give us a call at 800-829-5741 and our project specialists will be happy to assist.

Torqo II+ Model 1600 Mesa’s new twist on cap testing

The Torque product line has been providing accurate torque measurement readings for the past 50 years. The Torqo II+ system incorporates 15 years of factory floor proven technology, supplying customers with precision torque data to help improve the production as well as the packaging of the product. Mesa Torque systems have become the standard in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries, consistently providing accurate and reliable torque level readings to help companies manage quality control.

  • Compact Size
  • Constant Speed Drive
  • Simple Touch Screen Programming
  • Calibratable in the Field
  • NIST Traceable Calibration
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Full One-year Warranty
  • USB Connectivity
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • External Universal Power Supply
  • LAN Connectivity
  • RS-232 Port

 

A variety of tests to meet every need

  • Removal Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open a threaded closure.
  • Incremental Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open a threaded closure then reapply it to a position that will prevent leakage.
  • Bridge Test – Designed to measure the torque required to both open a threaded closure and then break the bridges of the tamper evident band.
  • Reverse Ratchet Test – Designed to measure the torque required to rotate a child-resistant cap in its free state.
  • ROPP Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open, break the bridges and then strip the threads on a Roll-On Pilfer Proof cap.
  • Close Test – Designed to apply a cap to an exact torque, thus enabling the Torqo II+ to be used as a precision capper.
  • Strip Test – Designed to simply see what the torque specification would be required to drive the cap in a clockwise direction in order to break the band and remove the cap.

 

Call our office now and learn more about the Torqo II+ and the Mesa Labs’ trade in program.

How to Properly Calibrate Your Torque Analyzer

 

Cap torque analyzers are an extremely refined set of products that need to be cared for and calibrated on a regular basis to ensure accurate and consistent results. Calibrating these complex machines can be an intimidating process, however there are tried and true steps to follow to improve not only the calibration process, but also the end results.

Why is calibration important?

Regular calibration ensures that you’re getting the most accurate results which can greatly improve your ROI and avoid production loss and costly recalls. We recommend calibration be performed at least every 12 months.

 

The Five steps to calibrate your torque machine include:

  1. Before beginning calibration, be sure to attach the frame with 1-2 screws to ensure stability.
  2. Insert the pulley into the chuck and rotate the chuck. Make sure the screw is facing a direction that allows the wire to twist 90 degrees and lock the shaft.
  3. “Zero out” any offset and hang the weight slowly and deliberately.
  4. Make sure the weights are still and are not touching anything.
  5. Be sure to calibrate both sides of the machine. This will give you the proper torque read out.

 

To make sure you are consistently getting the most accurate results from your SureTorque products, Mesa Labs recommends yearly calibrations.

To meet your needs, we currently offer 3 different ways to manage your calibration:

  1. On-site calibrations
  2. Send your lab equipment to us
  3. Laboratory calibration kit

Call our offices now to inquire about Mesa’s calibration services.

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