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Torque is an important component in bottling applications and refers to the amount of rotational force applied during capping operations. It is crucial to apply the right amount of torque to ensure a proper seal.
What Is Torque?
Torque is the rotational force used when applying or removing a screw-on lid to a bottle or jar. In many industries, the right amount of torque can mean the difference between the success or failure of their packaging. While too little torque can lead to an improper seal, too much torque can lead to an over-tightened cap. Utilizing the right amount of torque is essential for the success of a product as it prevents contamination and leaks.
Application Torque vs. Removal Torque
Application torque is how much rotational force is required to seal a cap on a bottle, while removal torque is the amount of force required to remove it. Application torque is measured in inches per pound, but it can’t be measured directly. Instead, you can measure the removal torque after the cap has been on the bottle for 24 hours. Removal torque is typically 40-60% of application torque.
Importance of Testing Torque in the Bottling Industry
Both cap size and bottle material play a role in how much torque is required. It is important to test for the right amount of torque in order to ensure a safe and reliable seal. Manual and automatic torque testers can be used to measure removal torque and validate that your capping machine is applying the correct amount of torque to your caps.
Torque testers are crucial to helping manufacturers calibrate their capping machines for their particular capping application. Since application torque cannot be measured directly, the industry standard is to measure removal torque. This method works because there is a direct correlation between the amount of torque required for removal and the amount of torque required for application.
Torque Guide from Precision Tork
Applying the right amount of torque is essential in bottle capping operations. If a cap is too loose or too tight, it provides an ineffective seal and creates an increased risk for contamination and leaks. Using torque testers ensures that you are applying the right amount of torque for your application, guaranteeing the integrity of the seal.
Precision Tork offers a variety of torque control products, from bottle capping chucks and capping machine parts to magnetic capping headsets and particle units. With our years of experience, we can help you choose the product that suits your needs. We’re committed to short lead times, high-quality products that are built to last, and friendly customer service. Contact us to learn more about bottle cap torque, why it’s so important, and how we can help.