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December 13, 2021updated 13 Jan 2022 3:36pm

Packaging Closures and Dispensing Systems

By Elli Karampela

Closures and dispensing systems are used by a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, healthcare, personal care, food and fast-moving consumers products.

Closures improve the longevity of perishable products and protect them from damage, moisture, and other contaminants.

Innovative and correctly designed closures and dispensing systems can improve ease of use for consumers and ensure the optimal dispensing of products.

Leading suppliers of closures and dispensing systems

Packaging Gateway has listed leading suppliers of closures and dispensing systems that meet your specifications and requirements. Our list includes suppliers of caps, pumps, sprayers, dispensing pumps, foamers, airless packaging, liquid dispensing systems, case-sealing equipment, bottle closures, lids and more.

The information contained in the download document is designed for packaging technicians, packaging designers, quality control executives and analysts, product engineers, and business development and marketing executives.

The document contains detailed information on the suppliers and their product lines, alongside contact details to aid your purchasing decision.

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Types of closures in packaging

The type of closure to be used depends on the container. Closures can be dispensing or non-dispensing. Non-dispensing closures are used to simply protect and seal the product, while dispensing closures offer a simple way to get the product out of the container. Closures such as tamper-proof closures and child-resistant closures serve specific purposes.

Some of the common types of closures include:

  • Continuous thread closures and screw tops
  • Lug caps
  • Dome caps
  • Crown caps
  • Lids
  • Friction fit lids
  • Snap-on closures
  • Tamper-resistant caps and dispensers
  • Plugs
  • Disc-top cap
  • Pull-up top
  • Flip-flop
  • Sprayers

Examples of closures used in flexible packaging include:

  • Press-to-close zippers
  • Hook-to-hook closures
  • Slider closures with end clips
  • Spouts and fitments

Choosing closures and dispensing systems

Features such as liners, neck finishes and thread types play a key role in choosing the type of closure for a container. High quality is essential as an incorrectly designed closure will lead to packaging rejects. Closures are often designed to offer convenience, product differentiation and engagement with consumers.

The demand for recyclable materials is growing as companies are increasingly using them for closures and dispensing systems. Packaging companies are also using sustainable resin alternatives and reducing the amount of plastic being used to improve the sustainability of their closures and dispensing systems.

Automatic tablet dispensing and packaging systems

Pharmaceutical companies use automatic tablet dispensing and packaging systems to completely automate their tablet production and packaging process. Automatic systems handle all the processes, from sorting, distributing and packaging of tablets to printing the labels on the containers.

Factors such as dispensing speed, design, ease of maintenance and cost are some of the factors that need to be considered while choosing a tablet dispensing and packaging system.

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