Closure Systems International (CSI), has launched the Flex-Chuck bottle capper for beverage bottlers.
Flex-Chucks are capable of handing a wider variety of lid designs than previous bottlers, cutting down on inventory and application issues and saving time and money.
CSI sales engineer Jack Petersen said that the Flex-Chuck design outperforms all standard chucks, solving various application issues along the way.
"We conservatively estimate maintenance costs related to chucks have been reduced by 50 percent," he said.
The Flex-Chucks employ an internal array of multiple and independent grippers, capable of immediately adjusting to a range of knurl patterns and dimensions.
They have reduced the need for time-consuming changeovers and large capping chuck inventories.
CSI claims that bottlers who have switched to its Flex-Chucks have recovered their investment quickly, making savings in labour costs and increasing bottling line up-time.
In addition to the 28mm size, CSI is developing larger diameter Flex-Chucks 33mm, 38mm and 43mm in diameter.
The company provides closures and capping equipment for carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, juices, isotonics, teas, alcoholic drinks, dairy, foods and automotive fluids.
Image: CSI's Flex-Chucks offer a new approach to capping chuck design. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.