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Quill cappers or spindle cappers are designed to tighten the cap onto a container or bottle using a pair or multiple pairs of rotating quills or spindles to turn the cap. Quill cappers or spindle cappers are designed with side gripper belts to drive the container through the machine without allowing the container to spin and turn as the cap is being tightened and spindles that have gripper wheels a the end of the spindles. The gripper wheels at the end of the spindles are the only parts of the spindle capper that make contact with the cap. The gripper wheels are made of rubberized plastic and are available with different stiffness or durometer of plastic. For spindle cappers with multiple pairs of spindles, the spindles of subsequent spindle pairs have a progressive decreasing gap between the gripper wheels. The subsequent spindles are designed to tighten the cap more as the container progresses through the machine.
Spindle cappers within this category and keyword are automatic machines, though the operation of a spindle cap lends itself to a semi-automatic machine. (For semi-automatic spindle cappers see Cappers / Semi-Auto.) To make a spindle capper automatically apply and tighten caps, the spindle capper must have a cap feeding device, which will place the cap on the container prior to the container entering the zone where the caps are tightened by the spindles. Often, a vibratory bowl and a cap chute are integrated to a spindle capper to orient the cap and feed the cap down the cap chute. The cap chute is designed to hold the cap at the end of a chute and as the container passes underneath the chute, the lip of the container catches the cap and the cap rests on top of the container. By integrating a vibratory bowl and a cap chute to a semi-automatic spindle capper, the spindle capper can operate automatically.
Spindle cappers are more flexible than chuck cappers. Spindle cappers have adjustments for the height of the container, for the distance between the gripper wheels (for the cap) and the gripper belts (for the container), for the gap between the gripper belts, and for the gap between the gripper wheels. Spindle cappers can be adjusted to handle all container sizes within a given range without change parts (except for the cap feeding mechanism) so long as the caps are circular. However, spindle cappers are limited in the maximum speed.
Kiss, semi automatic 4 station, 8 spindle heavy duty, in-line capper rated from 10 to 100 caps per minute – depending on materials, application, machine configuration and operator dexterity. Cap diameters: 10mm to 120mm with proper change parts. Equipped with dual container gripper belts, 4 station, 8 spindle cap tightening section with individual speed adjustments on spindles and gripper belts, with motorized height and independent gripper height adjustments and mounted on base frame. Semi-Automatic cap chute available for addition cost.
OAD: Capper 50"L x 42"W x 58"H
Automatic inline, 4-station, 8 quill capper capable of speeds from 50 to 250 cpm – speeds depending on materials and application. Cap size range of: 13mm – 89mm, currently set for 89mm cap, has 134" L x 4 1/2" W plastic delrin chain container conveyor, worm screw in feed, single chain gripper belt with (12) individual container grippers for stability, large capacity cap hopper with pin wheel sorter, control panel with hopper, quill, and conveyor gripper speed control dials, start / stop / E-stops and is mounted a S/S common base frame with interlocking saftey guarding.
OAD: 134" L x 48" W x 89" H
Karl Klement, Model U4, automatic, inline, stainless steel, 4 station (8 spindle) feeder, capper and conveyor. Rated from 10 to 90 containers per minute – depending on materials, application and machine configuration. Cap size range: 25mm to 110mm in Diameter. Equipped with a waterfall style cap sorter with a 35" long x 30" wide x 24" deep hopper and 9" wide x 70" long belt set on 5½" centers, adjustable cap chute, 4½" wide x 240" long Delrin belt, 52" long double container gripper belts, (4) adjustable spindle stations and spring loaded bottle hold down. Control panel has push button start / stop controls and variable speed controls.Mounted on heavy duty base frame.
OAD: 240"L x 62"W x 96"H
Automatic, 4 station, capper. Cap size range of: 10mm – 70mm. Equipped with 134" long x 4-1/2" wide Delran conveyor, single set of container gripper belts, cap hopper, cap sorter, cap transfer, 8 spindle quills and interlocking Lexan guarding. Mounted a stainless steel base. Change parts required to accommodate size range. Speeds dependant on materials and application.
OAD: 138" L x 48" W x 85" H
SureKap, Model SK8000-BF6, automatic, inline, stainless steel, 4 station, 8 spindle roll over conveyor capper and feeder. Cap size range: 24mm to 76mm in Diameter. Equipped with 4 ft³ cap hopper, 6" wide elevator with 2½" high cleats on 6" centers, 5½" wide cap feeding / sorting belt, adjustable cap chute, 2" wide single container gripper belts, (4) adjustable spindle stations with individual pneumatic clutches, spindle and gripper control dials with start and e-stop push button controls. Mounted on stainless steel height adjustable base frame with casters and leveling legs. Speed dependant on materials, application and machine configuration.
OAD: 72"L x 57"W x 94"H
Kiss Packaging, Model ACT-06, automatic, inline, 3 station, 6 spindle capper, with centrifical bowl feeder rated from 80 to 200 containers per minute – depending on materials and application. Cap size range: 10mm to 120mm and containers up to 14" in height. Equipped Hoppman 40" diameter centrifical bowl feeder, 3 station, 6 spindle cap tightner with individual adjustment dials, dual 32" long x 1" wide single product gripper belts and hand crank height and width adjustable. Both mounted on base frames with casters.
OAD: 216" L x 72" W x 108" H
Kaps-All Model FC8 Portable 8-spindle capper rated from 40 to 200 containers per minute – depending on materials and application. Equipped with 6" wide x 120" long Delrin conveyor, top mounted rotary cap orientor 24"dia. x 9"high, adjustable width waterfall cap chute set up for standard flat caps. stainless steel enclosure with lexan doors, Motorized capper head height adjustment, control box with spindle speed, gripper speed, raise/lower, start/stop, E-stop switch. Mobile base with (4) heavy duty swivel casters and stainless steel machine leveling screws and pads.
OAD: 120" L x 41" W x 85" H
Automatic 4-station quill capper capable of speeds from 120 to 300 cpm – speeds depending on materials and application. Cap size range from 13mm to 89mm. Currently set for a 53mm cap. Container size range: 1/2 ounce to 1 gallon. Equipped with a 2" (W) x 130" (L) Delron chain product conveyor, bump wheels, 4-quill stations with self adjusting clutches, single gripper belt for container stability, variable speed controls, large capacity cap hopper with pin wheel sorter, E-stops and lexan guarding. Mounted on stainless steel frame. Last used in a cosmetic operation.
OAD: 196" (L) x 50" (W) x 104" (H)
SuperCap II stainless steel quill capper. Cap size range: 24mm to 70mm. Container size range: up to 6" in Diameter; up to 12" in Height. Equipped with 10 cu ft hopper, waterfall cap orientate / feeder and four spindle stations, Ceco gages and adjustable clutch. Mounted on leveling legs. Speeds dependant on materials, application and machine configuration.
OAD: 76" (L) x 48" (W) x 72" (H)
White Cap, fully automatic vapor vacuum sealing capper rated from 140 to 350 jars per minute – depending on materials and application, Cap size range: 27mm to 110mm OD. Container sizes: 1" to 6 3/4" OD x 1 3/4" to 11 3/4" High. Equipped with capper mounted on GR17D-1476 pin-type cap feeder designed for RT and LT type metal and plastic caps (plastic caps without tamper bands only) and 130" Long x 4-1/2" Wide stainless steel Delron belt conveyor, 22" Long x 25" Wide cap hopper, with cocked cap signal system and 32" OD cap feeder wheel. Machine displaces container’s headspace air with steam producing a vacuum and has efficiencies up to 26 inches Hg. Mounted on heavy duty frame.Currently set up for 73mm caps.
OAD: 141" L x 45" W x 81" H
White Cap automatic, vapor vacuum sealing capper rated from 50 to 350 jars per minute – depending on materials and application. Cap size range: 27mm to 100mm. Container size range: 1" to 6-3/4" in diameter; 1-3/4" to 11-3/4" in Height, with proper change parts. Equipped with 132" long x 4.5" wide stainless steel conveyor, 32" diameter cap feeder bowl with 11" diameter inlet, adjustable cap chute and push button controls. Mounted on heavy duty frame.
OAD: 136" L x 40" W x 90" H
Resina Model UN30, automatic, inline, stainless steel, 3-station, 6 spindle capper rated from 30 to 150 caps per minute – depending on materials and application. Cap size range:10 mm to 70 mm with proper change parts. Equipped with 120" long x 4-1/2" wide container conveyor with bump wheel in feed container indexing, cap hopper with pin-type cap sorter, 36" long x 1" wide single side gripper belts, 3 station, 6 spindle cap tightners. Control panel has hopper, spindle, grippers and conveyor variable speed control dials with safety guarding and mounted on stainless steel base frame.
OAD: 120" L x 48" W x 87" H
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