Bottle capping is the process of securing a lid or cap onto a bottle. There are three main categories of bottle capping systems in manufacturing: manual, semi-automatic and automatic.
Covering a wide range of applications, capping machines place the lid on a bottle of all shapes and sizes, and secure it. The more automation you can introduce into this kind of manufacturing process, the more aspects such as quality, hygiene and efficiency improve.
Manual bottle capping systems
This kind of machine secures the bottle in place while an operator manually secures the cap of the bottle. It’s a highly labour-intensive and repetitive task for the worker, and quality can be compromised because of the human element.
Semi-automatic bottle capping systems
A semi-automatic capper still heavily involves manual labour. This kind of system can be bench mounted and can involve a pneumatic press or crimper to seal the unit. Bottles aren’t fed automatically into the system, so again, this becomes a repetitive task for a staff member. Although it is less physically demanding than a manual system, they do have to work quickly and accurately to place the bottle in time with the machine.
Automatic bottle capping systems
Automatic bottle capping machinery securely and hygienically places lids onto bottles without intervention from an operator other than to refill the packaging components.
This technology is a huge step up from semi-automatic in terms of productivity, and while the investment in equipment increases with a fully-automatic system, this is the most efficient of the three options and maximises your site’s quality control.
Automated systems can also be paired with liquid-filling machinery and carton-packing automation to allow bottles to be packaged seamlessly.
Pharmamachinery’s capping systems
We offer two kinds of automatic bottle capping systems, both from leading European manufacturers who supply to over 100 countries globally.