Crown launches new capping service package

Crown Food Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, has introduced a comprehensive service package for food manufacturers, which includes the sale of its high-performance capping technology, ancillary components and expert technical support for the machine’s service life.

The package, which replaces the company’s previous model of leasing equipment, enables brand owners to benefit from a lower total cost of ownership since they own their systems outright and it gives them access to high quality aftercare by Crown’s technicians, helping minimise unnecessary maintenance and downtime.

Crown’s experts also provide upfront support by recommending specifications for the closures to be capped by the machine, helping to reduce the risk of poor quality cap seals or breakages, decreasing waste. They can also advise on the positioning and layout of new production lines to optimise line efficiency.

Three of Crown’s capping systems are available for sale as part of this package. The first is the Smart Capper, which is tailored to lower-speed production lines, providing a throughput rate of up to 150 caps per minute. It is said to be ideal for smaller food producers or lines with limited product runs.

Secondly, with a throughput rate of 300 caps per minute, the Euro Capper has been designed for medium-speed production lines, making it suitable for mid-sized manufacturers. And, lastly, for large volume producers, Crown is offering its Global Capper, which can operate at high speeds, with a throughput of up to 800 caps per minute.
All three systems are compatible with Crown’s closures portfolio, including the company’s Orbit closure, which is claimed to be much easier to open than standard twist-off caps.

Each system features stainless steel construction and hygienic design, making them simple to clean. They enable quick cap changeovers between product runs and offer easy access to replace components, minimising downtime. Crown can also customise the machines to fit into smaller footprints or to suit manufacturers’ individual production line needs.

Finland-based food producer Herkkumaa Oy recently invested in a new Crown capping system. “When looking for new machinery to cap our jams, marmalades and vegetable conserves, we explored a number of options before making a decision,” says the company’s managing director Atte Rekola.

“We own the rest of the equipment on our line, so it was important for us to purchase rather than lease our capping systems. Crown’s capping technology was, by a large margin, the most suited to our specific needs. Since it was installed earlier this year, the system has performed exactly as we hoped – the quality of the caps is top-notch.”

More information from Crown Packaging Europe, Baarermatte,
CH-6340 Baar, Switzerland. Tel: 41 41 759 10 00