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.

Our Manufacturers Exhibiting at Pack Expo 2018

With its massive show floor full of machinery in action and packaging solutions for every industry imaginable, attending PACK EXPO International is an experience like none other.

This Year we have nearly all of the manufacturers we represent setting camp at PackExpo. Please take note of their Expo locations.

 

Cozzoli Machine Company will be exhibiting at PackExpo IL 2018.

As a single source provider for individual components to fully integrated lines, they offer production solutions for every application, from pharmaceutical, cosmetic, e-liquid, health, beauty aids, personal care, food and beverage, chemical, paint and industrial products. Featured machines on Cozzoli’s booth:

•       FPS2-SS
•       BMSV-6T-53
•       FSV50
•       IPF06
•       PF2-IS-176
•       F400X-SS
•       RPF8 ( Plus Additional Labeler and Unscrambler)

Stop by South Building Booth Number S 1525 to see our latest technology.

To set up a meeting, please contact Cozzoli at (732) 564-0400 or sales@cozzoli.com. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

 

LF of America will showcase their contract filling services.

LF offers unit-dose delivery systems for liquid solutions to the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, nutraceuticals, veterinary and personal care industries. LF of America (part of Lameplast) Group is a full service contract manufacturer for the pharmaceutical and personal care industries. Our services include packaging design and manufacturing, product manufacturing, contract filling of liquid solutions in ISO 8 cleanroom following GMP, filling and sealing machine manufacturing for our proprietary packaging.

The Center Piece at LF’s booth will be the Pentafill A25, a product that will be featured on our next Webinar set for 9/26.

See their machinery and get some packaging samples at West Building – W-879

 

 

Bonfiglioli Engineering will be setting camp at South Building – S – 1548

The main highlights of the BE booth will be the LaserCube and LF-S11, two tabletop devices designed for quality control of pharmaceutical containers:
The LF-S11 is a non-destructive, single-head leak testing machine suitable for laboratory applications, statistical purposes and off-line testing of pre-filled syringes, pouches, PFS nests, Monobloc, IV Bags, flow-wrapped devices, form fill seal and bow fill seal containers, carpules, bottles, ampoules and liquid form sachets.

With high levels of accuracy and stability, even in a limited headspace, the LaserCube is designed to meet the stringent regulatory requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. The unit also boasts a lightweight and compact design that is easy to use and set up via integrated PC and any wireless touchscreen tablet as the user interface.

To schedule a meeting on BE’s inspection machinery give us a call and we will let you know of the timeframes that are still open.

 

 

Mesa Labs will be exhibiting their vast array of Torque products.

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. Is a leading manufacturer and ISO 17025 accredited service provider of bottle cap torque testers and retorquers.

Mesa offers solutions from basic release torque testing of CT (continuous thread) closures to highly specialized testing applications such as:
– Low torque range (vials)
– Adjustable topload control (Child resistant caps and absolute application angle testing)
– Minimized topload (EDM and “floating” chuck options for TEB – tampe revident band – and strip torque testing, lose cap detection)
– Lightweight and gripping pressure sensitive closures (ROPP – roll-on pilfer proof designs)
– Pouch cap (requires application angle measurement and/or unique test methods)
– Dispenser and trigger pump caps
– Medical devices

Products that will be on display:

  • ST-120S
  • Torqo 1600
  • ST-H0X
  • ST-FT
  • Gold Bottle

Additionally MesaLabs will host In-Booth Education on the Variables in capping and Torque Testing.

Mesa Labs has extended the Torqo & SureTorque Upgrade & Trade-In Program. For more information on the Torque Trade-In Program or to request a quote, please dial 800-829-5741 to speak with a representative.

Come see Mesa Laboratories at Upper Lakeside Center – E-7025

 

 

Bahnson Environmental Specialties, LLC. is a leading Controlled Environmental Chamber Manufacturer.

Bahnson provides design, installation, service, & validation of standard or custom-built Walk-In Controlled Environmental Chambers for close tolerance temp/RH mainly to the pharmaceutical & research markets.
Applications include:
Walk-in Stability, HEPA Filtered Cold & Warm Rooms, laboratory/bulk storage, vaccine chambers, & high capacity -75°C Cascade low temperature storage and Biorepository chambers, in addition to standard incubators, warm rooms, cold rooms & freezers.
BES also has a complete line of ES2000 Reach-In Environmental and Photostability Chambers.

Come see Bahnson at Lower Lakeside Center – E-10930

 

 

Vetromeccanica is our first time exhibitor at the PackExpo.

They are specialized in conveying solutions for loose and packed containers for beverage industry but also for food industry, chemical industry. They design and manufacture tailor made solutions, turnkey systems and single modular components which meet high standards of quality and flexibility.

Their complete conveying line engineering service goes from plant layout to commissioning.

Conveying systems built by Vetromeccanica are in operation all around the world in most of the major bottle producers.
Vetromeccanica’s product line includes:
• Air conveyor for PET bottles
• Table-top vacuum conveyors
• Cartons and packs conveyors
• Pre-form and bottles bulk conveyors
• Bulk conveyors
• Bottles, jars, cups and cans conveyors
• Crates conveyors
• FIFO Dynamic accumulation tables
• Rotary accumulation table
• Spiral conveyors, Vertical conveyors, Rope conveyor, Tilting conveyor, Twist conveyor
• Dividers
• Drying tunnel

Meet Stefano Lodi, Vetro’s product specialist at Upper Lakeside Center – E-8528

 

 

Newman Labeling Systems

As a leading manufacturer of medium and high speed labeling systems for applying labels to containers and cartons typical to the pharmaceutical, veterinarian and healthcare industries, Newman meets cGMP standards and is compliant to all FDA requirements.
These Validated systems incorporate the latest technology meeting present and future demands (i.e., RFID complaint label applications, 21 CFR Part 11 compliant, ISO 9001:2008, ISPE member).
Newman’s family of competitively priced labeling machines are further supported by local parts and service organization and further complimented with a standard 3 year new machinery warranty.

Special Discounts on the models exhibited on their booth will be available for PackExpo Visitors.

Stop by their booth at South Building – S-4030 to see Newman’s comprehensive range of labeling solutions.

Torqo & SureTorque Upgrade & Trade-In Program

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. is offering significant trade in values toward the purchase of a new Torqo or SureTorque analyzer for:

  • Obsolete Torqo and SureTorque Models
  • Competitive Motorized Torque Analyzers
  • Competitive Manual Torque Testers

Why Upgrade ?
• While Mesa Labs provides best-in-class calibration & evaluation services for all Torqo and SureTorque units, repair services for the obsolete models may be impossible or expensive.
• Design innovation has been taken into account to improve the mechanics of measuring torque to provide customers with improved ergonomics, repeatability.
• Regulatory compliance support for FDA 21 CFR 210-211 & 820, USCPSC 16 CFR 1700, OSHA 29 CFR part 1910 and DOT 49 CFR 173, 178 regulations. Optional software to comply with 21 CFR part 11.
• Work with a more user-friendly touchscreen interface, reduce cycle time, take advantage of multiple communication options (Serial, USB, Ethernet).
• Improve compatibility with thin wall ROPP (Roll on pilfer proof) or plastic caps, smooth surface TEB (tamper evident band) closures, pouch, trigger spray, pump dispenser, child-resistant caps and uniquely shaped or lightweight bottles.
• Better support for existing and new test methods (release, closing/application, TEB, ROPP, strip, angle measurement and those listed in US Pharmacopeia Chapters 659, 661, 671, 1207, ISBT, ASTM standards)
• Add optional features to your torque analyzer, such as rotation monitoring, automatic product detection, digital topload monitoring, bottle clamping, closure gripping pressure monitoring, audio/visual alarm, full machine guard, etc.

Units Valid for Trade-In / Upgrade
• Legacy Torqo models (1502 & 1590)
• Legacy SureTorque models (ST-94, ST-100, ST-LAB, ST-120, BT-94, etc.)
• Competitive torque tester models

In order for the trade-in value to be applied on the quotation for a new unit, please provide the model number (i.e. 1502-30) as well as the serial number from the old analyzer.

We will ship the new machine and you simply return the old unit to Mesa Labs. Mesa will also provide the first annual verification / re-calibration and NIST traceable certification with every trade-in at 50% off current pricing.

The Torqo II+ and SureTorque analyzers include a full one-year warranty covering all parts and labor.

For more information on the Torque Trade-In Program or to request a quote, please dial 800-829-5741 to speak with a representative.

We look forward to continuing to serve the cap testing industry and our loyal customer base.

Bottle Cap Torque Testing: Why is it Important?

Over time, the subjective feeling of cap tightness triggered the development of more reliable and consistent measurement devices, such as the spring based manual torque tester (analog). By the late 1980’s, ergonomic concerns and repeatability issues (such as varying cap gripping pressure and employee joint/muscle issues) lead to the development of manual (digital) and automated torque testers. Ever since, changes in materials, marketing themes, transportation methods and packaging aesthetics and processes (induction sealing, hot filling) have created new challenges and drives continuous product improvement on this field.

 

Why is Cap Torque Important?

Consumers judge bottled product quality based on many observations:

  1. The appearance of the package.
  2. The appearance, efficacy/taste of the product.
  3. The ease of opening and re-sealing the closure.

 

Brand owners, bottle cap/bottle suppliers are under tremendous pressure. They must:

  1. Reduce the cost of the packaging (lightweight, 1 vs 2 piece enclosures). – Lightweight bottles are pressurized to maintain product quality and package integrity. Insufficient torque and a resulting bad seal can reduce shelf life, cause product leaks, and the bottles can collapse when stacked in multiple rows. – Lightweight caps are more sensitive to over-torqueing. Over-torqued caps can develop cracks causing product spills and shelf life issues.
  2. Improve the shelf-life of the products (hot-filling, induction sealing). – The different thermal expansion contraction rates of the cap, liner and bottle materials, the varying dwell times between cap tightening and release torque measurements can all result in different release torque values. – Too much torque can cause wrinkles on the foil resulting in a bad seal, spills and reduced shelf life. If the threads strip, or the applied torque is too low, the foil will not be seated properly resulting in shorter shelf life.
  3. Maintain the quality of the product while innovating package design, improving aesthetics, ergonomics and security (tamper evident band, child-resistant design).

– Example: User configurable cap that can function both as Child-Resistant (CR) and nonCR closure. Such design increases QC requirements:

The torque must be monitored to maintain good induction seals.

The CR functionality (shelling/reverse ratchet/topload) needs to be controlled.

 

We have some tooling and machinery available for onsite demos. For more information or to schedule a visit please call 800-829-5741.

MesaLabs Manual Cap Torque Analyzer

 

The Sure Torque Series of Manual Cap Torque Analyzers are designed to measure application and removal torque of bottle caps up to 50 lbFin [5.65 Nm]. They feature adjustable posts that effectively grip a broad range of container shapes and sizes, while optional flat and adjustable jaws are available for unique profiles.

The ST-H0X Manual Tester is recognized by its rugged aluminum design, and simple, intuitive operation allow for use in laboratory and production environments.

Mesa Labs’ Manual Cap Torque Testers are known for their class-leading accuracy of ±0.3% and blazingly fast sampling rate of 7,000 Hz which ensure reliable and consistent test results, even in quick-action applications.

The ST Series includes a range of sophisticated productivity-enhancing features, including USB, RS-232, Mitutoyo, and analog outputs, automatic data output and zeroing upon cap removal, memory storage for 1,000 readings, pass/fail indicators and outputs, and more.

Password protection is provided to prevent unauthorized changes to settings and calibration.

The ST Series of analyzers include MESURTM Lite data acquisition software. MESURTM Lite tabulates continuous or single point data. Data stored in the unit’s memory can also be downloaded in bulk.

Another important aspect of this product is the one-click export to Excel for further data manipulation, which makes the ST-H0X compliant with the FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

Interested in seeing this equipment or other torque testers in action, please get in touch with our regional representatives and we’ll get you on our agenda.

 

Mesa New Service Process

Did you know Mesa Labs has a New Service Process for Torque Customers?  To help achieve better customer satisfaction, Mesa Labs has simplified the process for service to your Torque machine. To learn more about the benefits and process click here. [Read more…]

Torqo Calibration White Paper

Overview
The Torqo instrument uses two calibrated spring beams and a very precise rotary position
encoder to read the applied torque. Calibrating the Torqo machine is done to linearize the
response of the spring beams. After calibration is completed the rotary position of the
main shaft will correspond to a reading of the applied torque that is accurately referenced
to a traceable standard.

 

Factory and User calibration
Calibration is always done at the factory using NIST traceable standards. The Factory
calibration is accurate at the time the instrument is shipped and for 1 year following.
Re-calibration may be done by the end user at their own specified interval with their own
weights. The user always has the option to apply the results of their own calibration or to
switch back to the Factory calibration values.
Factory calibration is typically done at 7 values of applied torque that span the range of
the specific instrument. Those values are 0%, 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 90% and 100% of
the torque range of the instrument.
User calibration is typically done at 4 values of applied torque that span the range of the
users instrument. Typical values are 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of the torque range of
the instrument. Users may add their own calibration points i.e. 12% if desired, provided
they have the required weights. Note the 100% weight is usually achieved by hanging the
25% and the 75% weights together. Note the process of user calibration disables factory
calibration so the actual vs. ideal curves can be created and compensation is not done
twice.

 

Compensation and Interpolation
The instrument uses the calibration readings in both directions, clockwise (CW) and
counterclockwise (CCW), to create two compensation tables which correct the actual
readings and result in accurate torque readings traceable to standards.
The calibration weights only cover discrete points throughout the range of the instrument.
These points are shown as data points in the accompanying graphs.
To calculate the compensation required for measured torques that fall between these
discrete points the instrument used linearly interpolated values for the torque
compensation which falls at points between the measured calibration values.
These interpolated values are shown as thin lines in the accompanying graphs.

 

Charts
The charts below show sample compensation data for a customer’s machine. The
difference between the ideal and actual is stored and used to compensate all readings and
results in linear, traceable, accurate torque readings.

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Click here to see more at: http://torque.mesalabs.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2013/11/Torqo-Calibration-White-Paper.pdf

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