One of the critical variables in determining which model Enercon cap sealer you'll need to seal your products is line speed. Unlike many pieces of packaging equipment, we measure throughput in feet (or meters) per minute rather than containers per minute. Thanks to our great engineering team all of our systems are designed so that no matter whether you have one or many containers under the sealer it will do what its supposed to... seal them!

That being said we know that most of you are not too concerned about how fast your container is moving down the conveyor. You just want to hit your target number of bottles per minute or hour or shift. Lucky for you we've gotten pretty good at converting from containers per minute to feet per minute - all we need to know is your production rate and the container pitch (container to container spacing.)

After doing it a few times you get a pretty good handle on it, but we've also made it easy with our Line Speed Calculator. No need to memorize crazy formulas or try to remember 9th grade algebra, it's as easy as plugging in a couple numbers and you have your line speed in feet per minute.

If you've ever been curious or have an upcoming project check it out and let me know what you think.

Posted: 2/26/2009 12:02:59 PM by Enercon Web Administrator

A customer called in earlier in the week asking about a used induction cap sealer that he found which had been in storage for some time. He was wondering if it might work for a new application he had. I told him we'd be happy to look into it for him and just needed a few pieces of information.

First and probably most importantly we need the serial number of the system. This will immediately tell us what model sealer it is and the approximate age of the system. We've designed our systems to easily allow user to change sealing heads. This creates flexibility for packagers, but also means the sealing head on the system you are looking at might not be the original one that shipped with the system, so in addition its helpful to have a picture of the system along with the style or part number of sealing head.

The other pieces of extremely important information are your application parameters. What works for a container with a 28mm closure doesn't always work for a package with a 110mm closure; therefore cap size, cap style and line speed are a must. Additionally understanding more about your application is helpful. Here are a few things that are nice to look at - what heat induction foil are you using, what material is your bottle made of, what are you filling in the package, what temperature is it being filled at.

With these pieces of information we can pretty much determine if the machine could work for you. We'll be straightforward and tell you if it's a good fit or if you should consider other options. You of course need to be careful and make sure you know the condition of the sealer, but if you find the right system out there you can count on Enercon to support your efforts. Whether its a customer trying to repurpose a system or someone finding a used Enercon induction sealer available for sale, we're always willing to answer questions about any vintage Enercon cap sealer.

Posted: 2/19/2009 7:53:10 PM by Enercon Web Administrator

Performance Systematix sample shaker induciton foil lining materialIf you’ve ever bought a jar of spices you’ve no doubt seen a wide array of dispensing closures or fitments that allow you to shake or pour out your favorite spice. Both Gateway Plastics & Weatherchem have been innovating in this category and have come up with some great closing solutions.

I’m always a fan of innovation, so when I was at WestPack in Southern California last week and saw a new, innovative twist on this idea I knew I had to share it. Performance Systematix (PSI) has been providing vented heat induction seals for some time – they’ve found a niche and innovated nicely to fit the market. Last week at the show Don Ellis, PSI’s west coast sales rep, showed me their latest innovation.

PSI has developed a induction seal liner with a pattern punched out to serve as a dispensing shaker. Quite a clever idea. You can provide the features of a shaker cap closer to the costs of a traditionally lined continuous thread closure. Now, you do lose some of the benefits a full induction seal provides – tamper evidence, extended shelf life & freshness won’t be as strong as they would with a lined shaker style cap - but for those on a budget it might just be a good fit.

Posted: 2/16/2009 1:18:13 PM by Enercon Web Administrator