mark-10 torque instrumentsMany different industries require an automated testing process for slip and breakaway torque testing for bottle caps. Bottle top testers, such as the TT01 Cap Torque Tester from Mark-10 torque instruments, are designed to measure the application and removal torque of bottle caps up to 100 lbFin. The adjustable posts on the Mark-10 bottle top tester are designed to effectively grip a broad range of container shapes and sizes, which is essential in unique product development and testing. A wide array of options are available as well, including flat and adjustable jaws for even more unique profiles. Created with a rugged aluminum design, the Series TT01 is an excellent choice for simple and intuitive operation either in a laboratory or production environment.

Quality Control Testing

Bottle top testers are perfect for companies that need to comply with just about any type of industry requirements, government regulations, or internal quality controls. They are used to verify the amount of torque that is being applied to the caps during production. It is essential to accurately perform calibration for capping machines to ensure repeatable results for slip and breakaway torque testing. The best way to measure the torque of a capping machine is to follow the method of test for closure torque. This method was developed by the Plastic Bottle Institute of the Society of the Plastics Industry (PBISPI), with the objective of establishing a common test procedure that can be used by both producers and users of caps and bottles.

Used during the development phase to determine the application torque specification for a particular cap and bottle, Mark-10 torque instruments are used to ensure that the cap will be properly sealed onto the container, yet still be able to be opened by the end-user. Whether for industrial or consumer purposes, the methods are the same. Bottle top testers should follow the same test method to validate that they are applying the same amount of torque according to the specifications provided by the producer. These torque specifications should be used with the automated testing process to ensure accuracy for slip and breakaway torque testing. The measurement is in pounds of force per inch, otherwise noted as lbFin.

Mark-10 Torque Instruments

CSC Force Measurement carries a wide range of Mark-10 products, as they have earned a solid reputation within the product testing industry for creating top-quality equipment, tools, and accessories. With a class-leading accuracy of +/- 0.3 percent and an extremely fast sampling rate of 7,000 Hz, the Mark-10 torque instruments like the Series TT01 is designed to ensure reliable, consistent, and repeatable results. Even in quick-action applications, these bottle top testers are extremely accurate. Password protection is also available as an option to prevent accidental or unauthorized changes to the settings and calibration parameters.

Productivity-enhancing features are also included in this model, including first and second peak torque detection for accurate slip and breakaway torque testing, which is used for tamper-evident closures. The Series TT01 also includes USB, RS-232, Mitutoyo, and analog outputs, along with automatic data output and zeroing upon cap removal. Memory storage for 1,000 readings, as well as pass/fail indicators and outputs are all standard in these bottle top testers. Mark-10 torque instruments really raise the bar when it comes to the automated testing process for cap torque testing. All testers include MESUR Lite data acquisition software, which tabulates continuous or single point data which can be downloaded in bulk with a single click export to Excel.

How Bottle Top Testers Are Used

When it comes to the process involved in the use of cap torque testers, there are four functions that are required to ensure accurate and repeatable results. Bottle top testers, such as the TT01 Mark-10 torque instruments, should allow you to determine the correlation between the application torque specification and the removal torque specification for the cap that is being tested. They should also allow the measurement of the removal torque of the caps as applied by the capping machine and guide you in the calibration of the bottle capping machine to ensure that the proper amount of torque is being applied to the caps, providing complete validation.

If you would like to place an order for the TT01 Mark-10 torque instruments bottle top testers or wish to speak with a sales representative about the use of this cap torque tester with slip and breakaway torque testing, give us a call at 1-800-866-3672. We can answer any questions that you might have about the automated testing process and help you to find the equipment that best suits your needs. You can count on CSC Force Measurement to help you get all of the testing tools, equipment, and services you require for accurate, reliable, and repeatable product or package testing.