ATS Packaging Machinery has unveiled a new Gemini capping machine incorporating its high-precision tightening technology, which the company says is the most advanced available on the market.

The first model to be introduced by the company is an entry-level machine that it says delivers a fast return on investment, particularly for manufacturers that require frequent changeovers or flexibility in handling a wide variety of different container types.

In addition, the company’s new Gemini linear capping machine includes a tightening system with fully programmable torque, speed, applied force and vertical positioning of the capping head, developed by ATS Packaging Machinery. The company claims that this provides a more precise action than traditional capping equipment.

ATS Packaging Machinery adds that its solution is suitable for many different types of closures, including screw caps, push-on caps, dispensing pumps, and spray triggers, as well as a range of container sizes, from 20ml to 20 litres. The company says that this addresses the issue facing many existing capping systems, which rely on mechanical cams and clutches that limit the types of closures they can handle.

The machine is also available with Ex, FDA, CGMP, and UL certifications. This means that it is suitable across packaging applications such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, personal care, and industrial chemical sectors.

According to the company, the machine can also be specified with between one to eight capping heads for “maximum flexibility”. The machine can reportedly deliver speeds of up to 80 packs per minute depending on the type of container handling system.

ATS Packaging Machinery’s new solution also features compact dimensions, apparently allowing it to be easily mounted over conveyor systems already in place or moved between different production lines.

Like other ATS Packaging Machinery solutions, the Gemini has been developed using Siemens machine control technology. This offers features like remote diagnostics and service support, which can provide preventative maintenance and allegedly maximise uptime.

The machine also incorporates track and trace capabilities. According to the company, every closure tightening operation is recorded, giving companies access to this data in case a problem or complaint arises in the supply chain or from consumers.

The company adds that its Gemini machine was developed as a direct result of an enquiry from an existing customer in the cosmetics industry for a more flexible capping solution. ATS Packaging Machinery claims that the new model offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional rotary and servo-controlled capping machines, in terms of the initial purchase price and subsequent change-parts.

Richard Aitchison, technical sales and product manager at ATS Packaging Machinery, comments: “The flexibility of our machine provides customers with valuable future-proofing and the ability to respond quickly to new requirements with minimal cost.

“Our machinery development programme is focused on devising equipment that helps companies to streamline operations and maximise efficiencies.”

Other innovations geared towards making capping lines more efficient include AROL’S self-adapting closure chuck aimed at simplifying the application of flat pre-threaded plastic caps, which reduces line stops and compensates for differences in cap types between manufacturers, and Serac’s eMC capping machine that uses a brushless technology designed for companies seeking to concentrate production in fewer locations, offering an output of up to 420 pump bottles per minute.