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Closure testing is just a single button push away

15 April 2011

Mecmesin’s new Vortex-xt measures release, application and stripping torque on tamper-evident closures. It is able to identify bridge breaks and can help to avoid spinners. The product has a top-load function and can be easily adapted to test child resistant closures or unusual containers using the company’s bespoke fittings and moulded mandrels. Just one button launches the test and no PC is required, making it ideal for production areas.

The machine’s simple set-up means manufacturers can test clockwise and counter-clockwise torques of packaging components, such as the application and release torque of screw closures, with merely two clicks of the touch screen interface. Utilising colour-coded results, the large, clear display enables very easy identification of pass/fail sample conformance.

The Vortex-xt is designed to make routine measurements quick, whilst still providing users with detailed results data, as well as reporting capabilities, if required. Users have the choice of viewing a graphical ‘live’ display of the test for observational purposes, or multiple test results in tabulated form, to begin making comparisons and, subsequently, to evaluate them in more depth with a choice of calculations. The data collected can then be easily exported to statistical process control software

Up to five frequently used tests can be stored for quick access and initiation by different users, without the need for a high level of technical or test application knowledge. Password protection allows ‘administrators’ to alter test set-up and template design, thereby avoiding any accidental changes to programmable functions.

Rated to 10Nm, the Vortex-xt completes Mecmesin’s range of three motorised torque testing systems, which includes the basic Vortex-d and the top-of-the-range Vortex-i computer-controlled test system.

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