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Simplimatic Cap Sorter Unscrambler Feeder

Bottle Cap Feeder dwill unscramble, sort, orientate and convey bottle caps to automatic capping machines


Bottle Cap Feeder dwill unscramble, sort, orientate and convey bottle caps to automatic capping machines

Bottle Cap Feeder Specifications:

Bottle Cap Types– Round and some oblong

Bottle Cap Materials– Metal Crowns (like in Beer caps), and any other Metal Caps (Olive jar lids, pickle jar lids, etc,) Plastic caps (like for soft drinks, or flip top for ketchup or mayo), sports caps like in water bottles (Arrowhead, Gatorade, etc), Shallow round plastic containers/caps (Like in snuff cans and lids or peanut butter jar lids)

Bottle Cap Size Range– Bottle Caps with diameters as small as 20 mm and as large as 100 mm. Any cap that does not present a square profile, (i.e. it’s diameter cannot be the same as it’s height).

Bottle Cap Feeder

What Special Features make this different than other Cap Feeders?

There are several main features which make this machine unique and different.

The escapement air is self generated (and can be Hepa Filtered as an option), and this is the only machine on the market that:

Can be adjusted in the field to run other sized caps (negative belt angle adjustment device)

Has a modular 20 cf hopper that can be field modified up to 30, 40 or 50 cf with simple hand tools at a later date.

The controls required for optimum performance are standard on this machine, where as they are upgrades on competitors machines (Operator touch screen, VFD’s for belt speed. PLC for programming).

How a Bottle Cap Feeder Works:

Bottle cap feeding to automatic bottle capping machines start with dumping bulk caps into the hopper. Simplimatic makes low level and high level hoppers for bulk caps to be dumped either automatically or manually.

Caps can be manually dumped from small boxes into the supply bin, or can be fed from of one our optional gaylord dumpers. The gaylord dumper can be connected to the Bottle cap unscrambler’ s controls for automatic dumping when the unscrambler sensors call for cap, or the dumper can be manually operated with a simple lever that controls up and down. Caps in the hopper are then picked up on specially machined cleats attached to the elevator belt. The angle of the belt as it rises out of the bin determines the pickup capacity of each cleat (0-100%). Caps are accepted onto the cleats in one of two directions (open side out or in). As the elevator belt rises out of the hopper bin, it’s angle changes to almost vertical. Caps with the open side out fall back into the bin. Caps with open side in continue on to the top of the sorter. Near the top of the sorter, high volume low pressure air generated by a blower system on the unit, blow caps to one side of the cleat and exit the machine in an escapement to a twist track. The twist track moves the now oriented bottle cap to the customers capping machine where they will be inserted on to the bottle.

Even though the bottle cap feeding process sounds very simple it is very critical to the efficiency of the automatic bottle capping machine and overall packaging line performance.

Not all bottle cap feeders are up to the task and with the amount of research and development as well as the years of experience in cap feeding that went into this new cap feeding product, Simplimatic has developed the best cap feeder on the market.

Why this type of “Waterfall” Bottle Cap Feeder is better than a “Rotary Type” of Cap Feeder:

Waterfall type of cap feeder will achieve higher speeds, it features simplicity in design, does not generate plastic particulate (contamination directly over the capper chuck in some instances), can be remotely located outside of a filling room and connected by air conveyor.

Changeover of this Bottle Cap Feeder has been simplified:

Changeover between one size round cap and another only requires an simple adjustment of our “Negative belt angle adjustment device” located on the side frame of the machine. This device allows adjustment of the belt angle pickup between 1 and 5 degrees. This can be done on the fly while the machine is in motion.

The same cap chute can be used on similar caps of different sizes as long as the cap does not “shingle” in the chute. This probability is determined when caps are submitted for examination. Generally speaking, the bigger the difference in the caps diameter and or height, the more unlike it will be that one chute will service the two caps. In this case, as second chute is provided as a change part.