LF of America Dual Chamber Bottles

Need to mix two different products just before application? LF of America Dual Chamber bottle with reservoir is your answer.

This dual-chamber bottle allows for liquid + powder products to be placed in the same container. This unique container also features a tamper-evident cap.

Here is how it works: the 10 mL bottle and 1.5 mL reservoir provide separate storage of two different products.

Applying pressure on the top of the cap, the internal membrane is perforated and allows the contents of the reservoir to flow into the bottle. The two products can now be mixed together right before use.

Contact us today with any questions you might have.

Universal Torqo Chuck

Torque analyzers are customized for the specific bottle and cap combination to be used on the unit. Chucks are most often designed to match the serration patterns of each cap resulting in additional change parts, complicated changeover processes and greatly increased cost to the end-user.

As an increased variety of closure designs have gained prominence and popularity in the industry, Mesa Labs has developed a new Universal Chuck to accommodate multiple serration patterns and capsizes with a single change part.

Features

• Fits any Torqo model 1502 – 1600 torque testers

• ROPP cap compatible

• Tapered fit to accommodate most 26–32mm OD caps (CR, CT, TEB, etc)*

• Compatible with various serration patterns

• Eliminates the need for multiple chucks

• Non-destructive (does not leave marks when used properly)

• Compatible with smooth caps (torque limitations apply)

Contact us today for pricing info or to inquire about universal chuck designs for other cap OD ranges.

Understanding the challenges and solutions for manufacturers of metal cans

The Metal Cans category of packaging was invented in the beginning of the nineteenth century and has been used for more than 100 years. With time, its scale of use expanded into a variety of end-use commodity packing purposes such as food & beverage items, chemicals, oil etc.

 Over the years, many improvements have been made to the design: materials used for the cans such as aluminum, steel, tin and internal/external protective organic coatings; manufacturing equipment for 2 and 3 piece cans; chemical process monitoring; applications like food & beverage, edible oil, pharmaceutical industry, personal care, and cosmetic products, industrial chemicals; and, quality control methods/instrumentation.

Today, due to the relentlessly growing global demand and production of millions of cans per day around the world, manufacturers are faced with the challenge of increasing production efficiencies to provide cost-efficient and scalable solutions. This means higher production speeds resulting in a higher number of units being produced per minute and huge numbers being transported worldwide. The manifold manufacturing process in the canning industry makes the entire metal can production complex and can involve quite a few machines from splitting to seaming.

The can manufacturing plants and their raw material suppliers are responsible for product integrity even before the distribution of the cans to the product manufacturers. Therefore, outgoing complete quality control of produced empty cans is an extensive practice at manufacturing locations. This control provides the possibility of eliminating package issues before they reach the filling process through scrupulous quality control procedures.

The quality testing of empty cans by manufacturers and of filled and finished cans help to act proactively by eliminating production challenges like:

→ Downtime during the filling process, leaks, and spillage.

→ Lengthy production time: formerly tested packaging will help save time during the production process.

→ Contamination and unsafe-to-use products leading to a product recall.

Hence, both empty can package testing and filled can quality testing is an appropriate choice for manufacturers. This will help to offer safe and sterile products contained within the metal cans.

Bottle Cap Torque Testing: Why is it Important?

The cap torque tester is used in the packaging industry to measure the opening or closuring torque of the screwing cap. It is a piece of specific quality control equipment that can be placed on the production line or in the laboratory.

A torque tester is required during the packaging design process.  It can be used as a destructive tester to identify if there is any material weakness of the packaging during the screwing process. It also allows one to define the torque tolerances of the capping machine. The lower torque limit is considered the minimum pressure of the cap to avoid any leak of the product. This torque test needs to be combined with a leak test with secure seal analyzer. The higher torque limit is the maximum torque the customer can apply to open or close the product’s cap.

Once torque tolerances have been defined, the cap torque tester is used as a torque control device on the final product. If measurements are out of the limits, the capping machine needs to be adjusted. Depending on the production process, it could be necessary to control the opening torque, 24 hours after the packaging process. Temperature variations can modify product characteristics with a result of different torque measurements.

The History of Cap Torque Testing

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-torquing. 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.

For more information, contact your Life Scientific expert today.

Fedegari can help in these difficult times

Even during these difficult times, and in spite of the many limitations, Fedegari’s intend to support our customers who work hard to produce life-saving drugs is what drives their intents to remain their facilities open.

Fedegari launched a few emergency projects to help their customers to keep the equipment running even without direct physical support worldwide.

In case you need any of Fedegari equipment or products, please contact our head office.

The Newman model S350 labeling machine

The Newman model S350 is a fully automatic, versatile labeling system for the application of both paper and clear self-adhesive labels to a wide range of cylindrical containers in glass, plastic, metal or composite materials.

The S350 has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the international pharmaceutical industry and its regulatory bodies, including the FDA

Generally installed in-line, the S350 transports the containers along a conveyor and spaces them, using a scrolling feed, before they enter the labeling station. The label is applied and then immediately the container comes under the control of the applicator belt, resulting in precise registration and crease-free application.

Features

  • Compact cGMP Design
  • ‘Auto-teach’ label length facility
  • Digital scales for rapid container changeover
  • Positive accept security system
  • Fully validated security system with Critical Device Checking
  • Minimal change parts
  • High-performance stepper motor for label web drive
  • In-Process Control – system verification without production stoppages
  • Accurate label placement
  • Stainless steel 304 finish
  • Siemens or Allen Bradley PLC control system
  • Label coding options
  • Auto-reject system for both incorrect label data and missing label detection with reject verification
  • Touch screen HMI with run mode and set up mode (key switch access) facility
  • Counter package with full count reconciliation
  • End of web detection
  • Applicator belt cassette system with tool-less changeover

Options

  • Validation documentation and implementation package
  • Recipe system for up to 100 products
  • 3 level password access
  • Printout facility
  • Continuous label supply via the Easisplice 470 unit
  • Queue switch control
  • Vision Systems for OCV / OCR / barcode
  • Rotary infeed & outfeed tables
  • Left and Right hand option available

The Torqo 1600 Accessories

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.

It now comes pre-equipped with Universal Torqo Chuck, As an increased variety of closure designs have gained prominence and popularity in the industry, Mesa Labs has developed a new Universal Chuck to accommodate multiple serration patterns and cap sizes with a single change part.

The torqo can be fitted with the all new Model 1506 Beverage Bottle Clamp is a quick-acting bottle holding device that can be easily adjusted to accommodate from 10 oz. to 3 liter bottle sizes.

The Model 1624 Quick Clamp Vise is an easy to use bottle holding fixture that combines the flexibility of a lead screw pin vise with the rapid loading and unloading of an over-center type clamp. This vise is capable of holding round bottles from 5/8-inch diameter to 6 inch diameter and square bottles from 5/8-inch to 6 inch. Short and long pins are available.

The 1626 Slide Chuck can be used to torque test roll-on-pilfer proof (ROPP) caps which are commonly used to package product in the alcoholic beverage and wine industries. The unique jaw sets allow the chuck to grip the rolled on serration patterns of the cap in order to perform both destructive and non-destructive torque testing.

The Yoke Chuck extends our testing capabilities beyond the average continuous thread and Child-Resistant closures. This chuck can accommodate unusually tall and odd-shaped closures such as finger tip sprayers/pumps and trigger sprayers/pumps which are commonly used in the pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic industries. The unique interchangeable jaw sets allow the chuck to grip virtually any serration patterns for cap diameters up to ~100mm.

With a 1507 Calibration Kit, the accuracy of your Torqo can be verified or a complete on-site calibration can be performed by the user. Contained in this kit is a precision Calibration Disk, a ball bearing load support assembly and the necessary hardware to use this kit. The weights required for performing a calibration are not included in the kit but may be purchased from Mesa Laboratories, Inc.

And one of the most demanded Torqo Accessories is the Child Resistant Closure Option.

The Model 1605 Child Resistant Closure Option enables the Torqo to be used for measuring the removal torque on the child-resistant type cap that requires a downforce in order to be opened. An air supply with the ability to provide a minimum of 60 PSI is required for this option. Both an air filter and an adjustable air regulator are contained in this kit and permanently mounted to the drive cover. The installation of this option on a Torqo does not affect in any way its use on conventional bottles and caps.

To find out more about the Torqo 1600 or the available accessories, please give us a call at 800-829-5741.

Bahnson Stability Chambers

Bahnson Environmental Specialties have developed a clever solution to meet your chamber volume and mobility needs.

The precise air control system ensures conditioned air to be distributed uniformly across your product shelves. A stainless steel impeller moves the air through the air conditioning components within the enclosed plenum. Air is then distributed and returned through the plenum’s side wall ports which are specifically arranged for maximum uniformity and efficient thermal transfer.

The conditioning system features:

  • Temperature control within +/- 0.2 C
  • Relative Humidity control to +/- 0.7% RH

All models in the ES2000 series provide precise control of temperature and humidity. The chambers feature full stainless steel liner conditioning system cover, and air walls. Solid, reinforced stainless steel shelves are easily removable and repositionable.

For more information, please give us a call.

Elevators and Lowerators

Vetromeccanica Elevator – Lowerator: The Optimal Solution for a Gentle Handling of Containers!

Many automated floor conveyor systems need to operate continuously on more than one floor of a warehouse or factory building. A means of raising or lowering product loads between different elevations of the conveyor system is therefore required, often within very restricted floor space. Elevators and lowerators are an efficient means of achieving this.

Contact Life Scientific today to discover more about our conveying capabilities.

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 makes 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.

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 the top load force. When testing child-resistant caps or other closures requiring top load adjustment this feature allows the evaluation of top load force in the function of rotation and torque.

The S-120 comes equipped with the following 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

Contact us for the latest pricing and availability updates.

2 visitors online now
2 guests, 0 members
Max visitors today: 3 at 12:00 am
This month: 32 at 08-09-2020 02:04 am
This year: 112 at 05-24-2020 05:06 pm
All time: 253 at 10-02-2019 01:57 am