Levapack Snap Capper Machines
When your company packages goods especially liquid ones, the secure application of a reliable cap/lid to the containers is an important part of the packaging process. To do this, can capping machines are needed to complete and automate your packaging lines especially if you have high production demands.
Manually capping containers can waste a lot of time especially that you need to make sure that the caps are snapped and tightened securely into the containers. Thus, we recommend the integration of inline capping equipment into your packaging lines for a more efficient and cost-effective packaging process.
LPE, a packaging solutions manufacturer in China, will surely provide the ideal equipment you are looking for through our customizable can snap capper machines for sale at affordable prices.
What is a Snap Can Capping Machine?
A snap capper machine is used to quickly and ergonomically apply push-on, press-on, or snap-on caps onto containers and bottles in various shapes and sizes. Thus, eliminating the tedious work of placing the lids by hand manually. They help prevent repetitive motion strains and injuries to your workers caused by the manual work of lid placement. Moreover, it removes human error to prevent costly spills.
Given the many types of caps that these machines can handle, they are also known by different names such as the following:
- Press-on can capping machine
- Push-on can capper equipment
- Snap-on capping equipment
Snap can capper machines are widely used in the food and beverage industry, chemical, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. They can snap metal or plastic caps onto metal containers, glass bottles, and plastic cans such as PP, PVC, HDPE, and PET.
Types of Snap Caps
Listed below are the types of snap, press-on, or push-on caps that snap capper machines can handle.
#1 Child-Resistant Caps
These types of closures use a mechanism making it hard for a child to open it. A good example of containers using child-resistant caps are those from pharmaceutical industries.
Types of Child-Resistant Closures
Child-resistant closures include the following:
- Rim snap lids
- Squeeze removal lids
- Squeeze and pull lids
- Flip off lids with foil and plastic
- Pull rings
#2 Press-on Caps
These are closures that are kept in place by undercuts or beads instead of using threads and sometimes are called snap-fit caps. They rely on extra locking mechanisms such as a ridge on the container and an indentation ring on the cap’s rim.
A snap capper equipment can also press fittings and plugs into a container’s neck such as orifice reducers, dropper inserts, dropper tip plugs, along with plastic fitments, balls, and caps into roll-on bottles.
Types of a Snap Capper Equipment
Whether a packaging line is designed for high or low production speeds, it will oftentimes require some kind of assistance for capping the containers. The goal of opting for a capping equipment is not limited to increased production speed. Container cappers give reliable and consistent seals to fight against overly tightened caps, loose caps, crooked caps, product leaks, and spills.
Fully Automatic Snap Capping Machines
Fully automatic snap capping machines are produced to provide your packaging lines a continuous capping of your containers. Most of these machines are equipped with conveyor and cap delivery systems such as a vibratory bowl or an elevator. The setup and control of automatic snap capping machines are achieved using control panels along with necessary levers and finger knobs.
Moreover, the operator is required to provide bulk quantities of lids to the cap delivery system. But once the capper machine is fully set up and the caps provided, the only thing the operator needs to do is to monitor the machine while the capping process is ongoing.
LPE’s Children Safety Snap Capping Machine and Dustproof Snap Capper Machine are fully automatic.
Semi-Automatic Snap Capping Machines
Semi-automatic snap capping machines can have various designs from handheld ones to tabletop machines to semi-automatic snap capping equipment built on automatic portable frames.
The main difference between semi-automatic snap cappers and fully automatic ones are based on the mode of operation of each machine. For semi-automatic snap cappers, the operator needs to manually place the cap or closure on the containers before putting the cap-container combination into the snap capper equipment.
Snap capping machines usually use plungers or snap-on belts to apply the pressure needed to snap the lids into the bottles. Moreover, snap capper machine manufacturers often add spindle wheels to the snapping device creating a snap capper equipment that can both snap and screw caps onto containers. These combined machines work best for companies or packagers handling a wide range of containers.
Why Use a Snap Capping Machine?
Snap can capping machines not only increase the speed of the packaging process but also make sure that each lid is sanitary. They help prevent the contamination of the products unlike when they are manually capped. Moreover, they allow the operators to save themselves from the repetitive motions caused by the manual placement and tightening of the caps into the containers.
How Can Snap Capper Machines Benefit Your Business?
Snap capper machines not only save you time but also decrease your operating expenses by:
- Streamlining the cap placement process
- Getting your products ready for delivery at a faster pace
For instance, instead of your workers manually sorting or placing and tightening the lids onto the containers, you can just let the machine do all of these tasks. Aside from automating the packaging process, snap capper machines also produce more uniform and consistent results.
What We Offer
LPE offers two types of fully automatic snap capping machines for streamlining your capping process. Our machines are customizable to accommodate the exact needs of various packaging lines. They support a wide variety of snap caps and different container dimensions which makes them ideal for various applications in many industries.
Children Safety Snap Capping Machine
Our Children Safety Snap Capping Machines are specially customized for automating the packaging process of products requiring child-proof caps. We can redesign them for you to accommodate your own cap types. Eliminate the manual labor of doing the lid placement by hand by choosing our Children Safety Snap Capping Machines.
Dustproof Snap Capper Machine
LPE Dustproof Snap Capper Machines are equipped with automatic lid feeders and use press on heads for securing the lids to your containers. It can cap various container sizes with double protection from dust and mildew. You can find more information about the product including the specifications in the link provided.
Components of a Can Snap Capper Machine
In this section, we are going to discuss the major parts that compose an automatic snap capper equipment.
#1 Cap/Lid Sorter and Feeder
These components of the machine sort and feed the right lids into the machine. The cap sorter’s design depends on the geometry of the cap being used. On the other hand, the lid feeder can be a vibratory bowl or a cap elevator.
#2 Press On Head
Snap capper machines have press on heads used to press the snap caps onto the containers to tighten the lid.
#3 Chute Parts
The machine needs the capper chute for holding the lids in position. It places the lids on each container that passes through the end of the chute before the container goes under the press on head for the snapping process.
#4 Conveyor Belts
The conveyor belts are continuously moving metal or rubber that moves the caps and containers towards the capping zone. They are very important components of an automatic snap capper equipment for transport because the machine depends on the conveyor belts to transport the containers to and from one point to another in the machine. Furthermore, they firmly guard the containers in position while the capping process is ongoing.
#5 Gear Boxes, Drives, and Motors
These components are also referred to as the snap capping machine’s engine. Together, they assist the snapper machine by serving as drivers for the machine’s other components. The speed of the movement of the components will be determined by the settings you set on the control panel of the capping machine.
The pulleys are connected to the machine’s conveyor belts and gears which means that they also play an important role in moving the machine’s components. They come in various sizes depending on your snap capper machine’s design.
#7 Shafts and Sprockets
The shafts and sprockets work together and assist in transmitting rotary motion to the shafts. Similar to the motors, drives, gearboxes, and pulleys, these two parts of the machine help in driving the other components of the machine during the capping process.
How Snap Can Capper Machines Work
A snap can capper equipment simply snaps a lid onto a filled container. Basically, the working principle of both fully automatic and semi-automatic can snapper machines are the same. The only difference is fully automatic snap cappers will use a cap sorter, feeder, and chute while semi-automatic ones will not have these.
Step 1. Provision of lids to the fully automatic cap snapper machine.
For the fully automatic snap cappers, the operator provides snap lids in bulk quantities onto machine’s cap feeder. The lids should be compatible with the containers to be capped.
Step 2. Feeding the lid snapper machine with containers.
Fully Automatic Snap Capper Machine
The operator feeds the machine with the filled and uncapped containers which will move towards the capping station via a conveyor belt. Since our Children Safety Snap Capping Machine uses a rotary wheel, the conveyor belt guides the containers to this rotary wheel where each container is placed into a slot in the wheel.
In our Dustproof Snap Capper Machine, the containers proceed directly to the capping station in a linear path. Upon passing below the end of the cap chute, a lid is placed on top of each moving container before proceeding to the lid snapping station.
Semi-Automatic Snap Capper Machine
The operator manually places the snap lids onto the mouth of each container before placing the cap-container combination into the machine.
Step 3. Snapping the loosely placed lid tightly into the containers.
Fully Automatic Can Snapping Machine
The press on head automatically presses the loosely placed lid onto the containers to secure a tight seal.
Semi Automatic Can Snapping Machine
When the operator had already placed the cap-container combination into the machine, a finger or footswitch is used to activate the machine depending on the semi-automatic snap capper machine’s design. Then, the press-on head snaps the loosely placed lid tightly into each container.
Step 4. End of the capping process.
Fully Automatic Snap Capping Machine
The tightly sealed containers will continue moving towards the end of the capping line and ready for bulk packaging and delivery.
Semi Automatic Snap Capping Machine
The operator removes the tightly capped containers from the machine and replaces it with a new cap-container combination. Once the sealing is completed, the operator needs to repeat the process on each cap-container combination until all containers are done.
Children Safety Snap Capping Machine
Dustproof Snap Capper Machines
LPE enforces strict quality control from the beginning to the end of the manufacturing process of each snap capper machine. We perform a six-stage quality control process to ensure the production of reliable equipment for your packaging lines.
Stage 1. Thorough Selection of Raw Materials
As the raw materials will determine the snap can capping machine’s overall quality, we make sure to only use well-selected materials for the manufacturing process. We have partnered with the world’s most popular brands to guarantee the reliability and durability of your packaging machines.
We use premium #304 and #316 stainless steel and the following brands for the other machine components:
- PLC control system: OMRON and Mitsubishi
- Touch screen: DELTA
- Electric motors: SEW
- Air cylinders: SMC
- Electrical parts: Schneider
Stage 2. Processing and Inspection of the Machine Parts
Just like the raw materials, each part of the snap capper machine also affects the machine’s quality. For the processing of the machine’s parts, we use high-end CNC machinery including grinders, lathes, and milling machines to ensure the preciseness of each part.
When all of the parts are done, a thorough inspection is carried out. LPE’s professional engineers will use various instruments to double-check the tolerance of the dimensions of the parts and make sure that they are within 2um.
Stage 3. Intricate Machine Assembly
The machine assembly process differentiates a machine with superior quality from an inferior one. The engineer who does the assembly of your machines have years of experience in the field and performs the process diligently. With great patience, they make sure that each part of the machine is installed in the right places.
Stage 4. Inspection of the Finished Machine
After finishing the assembly, every finished can snap capper machine goes through another set of inspection to make sure that:
- All of the machine components (lid feeder, conveyors, sensors, mechanical parts, and pneumatic mechanisms) run smoothly.
- The toolings and electrical parts are installed correctly.
- No electrical wirings are loose.
- The equipment’s motor runs without overheating and too much noise.
Stage 5. Strict After-Production Testing
After the final machine inspection, our engineer performs a trial run using your provided sample containers for over 100 consecutive operations to make sure that your machine works well with your containers.
Stage 6. No-Load Run Testing
The loaded run test is followed by a no-load one that lasts for 48 hours to test the machine’s overload protection device. This test checks that the machine will automatically stop in case the capping process encounters a problem to prevent further damage to the machine’s electrical parts.
Stage 7. Final Polishing
Before we deliver your own customized snap capper machine to you, we give the machine rigorous care to make them look polished by doing the following:
- Cleaning the machine from any debris, handprints, and stains.
- Polishing the machine with anti-rust oils for a prolonged lifetime.
All of LPE’s can sealing, can filling, can capping, and can labeling machines conform with the electrical safety standards enforced by the following standard organizations:
- Canada Standards Association (CSA Marking)
- European Union (CE Marking)
Furthermore, our company’s Quality Management System is ISO certified. Being one of the leading manufacturers of packaging machines in China, we guarantee our products’ adherence to international standards.
We can redesign our existing can snap capper equipment models to accommodate your company’s production needs. These include the size, capping speed, the brand of the electrical components, and stainless steel type.
LPE’s Dustproof Snap Capper Machines are equipped with instruments that can prevent dust and mildew to enhance the protection of your packaged cans.
#3 Components From Famous Brands
The components of our can capper machines, including the PLC control system and interface, use international brands for a reliable and efficient capping operation.
#4 Wide Range of Applications
Our snap capper machines support the capping of various snap cap and container types in different geometries that contain a wide range of products.
Levapack’s snap capper equipment designs use the latest technology for automatic and accurate placement of the majority of snap cap types on a wide variety of bottles listed below.
Supported Snap Cap Types
- Flat caps
- Oval caps
- Safety caps
- child-proof caps
- Overcap lids
- Induction sealing lids
Supported Bottle Types
Aside from the bottle material, our cap snapping machines also support various bottle shapes.
Our Children Safety Snap Capping Machines are designed specially to cap cannabis containers in various geometries and sizes of caps. For applications requiring further protection from dust and mildew, we recommend our Dustproof Snap Capper Machines.
Do you have other machine requirements? No worries as we offer customization of your own snap capping equipment to tailor your machines to your company’s exact needs. Furthermore, our snap capping machines can be used for packaging a lot of products in many industries as presented in the following sections.
|Beverage Industry ||Can Beer, Soda, Water, Fruit Juices, Isotonic drinks, Still and carbonated water, Carbonated beverages, Low-calorie drinks, Coffee, Energy drinks, Liquors, Spirits, Bitters, Distillates, Wines |
|Food Industry ||Tuna, Jam, Marmalade, Sauce, Cannabis, Nutrition Powder, Honey, Preserves, Vinegar, Oil from seeds and olives, Milk, Yogurt |
|Chemical Industry ||Paint, Ink, Lube Oil, Glue, Farm Chemicals, Cleaning Liquid, Detergents, Weedkillers, Insecticides, Fertilizers, Fungicides, Pesticides, Air fresheners, Scented/unscented candles |
|Cosmetics Industry ||Shower gel, Shampoo, Soaps, Lotions, Perfumes, Deodorants, Make-up |
|Pharmaceutical Industry ||Intimate care products, Syrups, Tablets |
Customizing Your Snap Can Capping Equipment
At the initial stage of the customization of your snap capping machine, our expert engineers will be cooperating with you to tailor your machines based on your can capping requirements. We help you create a reliable solution for your can packaging lines and give you professional technical support for the installation, correction, and maintenance of your machine/s. All you need to do is talk to our experts and we will do the rest for you.
Factors to Consider
At LPE, we make sure to determine your specific needs for your desired snap capper machines to produce a machine that would perfectly suit your business. The factors in the manufacturing process of your machine will be affected by the following:
- The type of snap can capping machine that you need
- The type of cans you are going to cap (especially the material type)
- The type of caps you will be using (child-proof or just a usual cap)
- The type of products you will be packaging
- Your product yield requirements
- Your factory’s size and layout
- Other additional requests
Afterwhich we will ask you what you want to customize on your can snapper machine based on your needs. Don’t worry as we will help you in deciding the appropriate details that should be incorporated in your machines while still sticking to your special requirements. Having mentioned this, below are the machine components that you can customize in your snap capper equipment.
#1 The Whole Equipment Structure
You can customize the whole structure of your can snapper equipment according to the type of lid you are going to use to cap your containers. And to make your machine perfectly match the type of container you are packaging, you are required to give us a sample of your can.
#2 Your Equipment’s Production Speed
Decide what production speed you want your machine to have based on your factory’s capacity of production.
#3 Brand of Your Machine’s Electrical Parts
Select popular brands that you want us to use for the electrical parts of your ideal can snapper machine.
#4 Raw Materials For your Equipment
Choose the raw materials that you prefer from either #304 or #306 stainless steel.
#5 Snap Capper Machine Size
Customize your snap capper equipment’s size to fit your plant’s size and layout.
The Customization Process
After finalizing your needs and customization requirements, we start the manufacturing process in four stages as discussed below.
Stage 1. Creation of the Machine Drawing
This stage is the most crucial one in the manufacturing process as the results will reflect on the succeeding stages. It will determine the overall efficiency and reliability of your finished snap capping machine. The extensive consultation will be followed by our engineers coming up with a detailed sketch of your machine givïng the following into consideration:
- The appearance of your snap capper equipment
- Type of equipment based on your packaging requirements
- Your product yield needs
- Your machine’s layout and size to accommodate your plant’s dimensions better
Stage 2. Fine-Tuning Your Machine’s Design
In this stage, our engineers and designers work together for the final touches needed for your machine’s design. Adjustments are made wherever needed. To perfectly tailor your machine for your packaging line, we will be assisting you in the fine-tuning process of the drawing to suit your situation. After the final touches had been done, we will confirm the resulting drawing with you for finalizing before starting the actual manufacturing.
Stage 3. Crafting Your Can Snapping Equipment
Now, the actual manufacture of your customize snap capper equipment starts. In this stage, which is the manufacturing stage, the following factors are considered to give the needed precision to your equipment:
- The combination of the best materials
- CNC-produced components
- Skillful assembly
Stage 4. Machine Performance Testing
After completing the production of your customized can snap capper equipment, we will perform a strict trial testing of your machine. In this stage, we will ask you to send us samples of the cans that you will be handling to check the following:
- If the equipment runs smoothly.
- If the equipment meets your product yield demand.
- The defective rate of the machine.
Then, a no-load run test will follow to ensure that the machine is safe to use before we finally send it to you.