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Fowler Products Develops Waterfall Cap Sorter with a First-of-its-Kind Multilane Discharge System

Date: August 27, 2013

ATHENS, Georgia — Fowler Products, powered by Pro Mach, has developed what the company considers to be the industry’s first waterfall sorter with multiple lane discharge capabilities. This new solution is applicable to both bottlers and to cap manufacturers that print and/or insert liners.

The new waterfall sorter with multilane discharge system delivers the following benefits:

  • Lower cost than purchasing multiple sortation units
  • High dependability in terms of orientation
  • Fast changeover
  • Small footprint

Via conveyors, the sorter can be located remotely from capping and printing operations, which helps to keep those areas cleaner by eliminating shipping case dust and other small debris associated with transporting and handling shipping cases. Remote location decreases forklift traffic near capping, printing, or insertion stations to improve safety. Sortation near cap storage can also reduce time and labor spent moving caps.

The first of these new units was delivered to a cap manufacturer that was printing on 33, 38, and 43 mm caps with a three-head printing unit. The manufacturer had been using a rotary sorter to orient caps into separate lanes. There were two problems with this solution: The system did not dependably orient caps and changeover between cap sizes consumed too much time and labor.

Fowler based the solution on its waterfall sorter technology, which is recognized for dependability in orienting caps, and in concert developed a three lane, rather than the standard one lane, discharge system for oriented caps. No changeover is needed when going from 38 to 43 mm caps or vice versa. Changeover to 33 mm caps takes less than a minute thanks to a simple slide mechanism, which slides in three 33 mm discharge chutes. The new sorter was installed and running at full speed and efficiency in one day.

“Fowler works closely with its customers on developing innovations such as the waterfall sorter with a multilane discharge system,” said Andy Monroe, sales manager, Fowler Products. “We appreciate the opportunity to help manufacturers solve their capping productivity issues.”

For more information on the new multilane waterfall sorter and other Fowler Products solutions and services, including capping, cap handling, bottle cleaning, multi-unit system integration, and pulsed-light sanitation, call 1-877-549-3301 and visit www.FowlerProducts.com. Stop by the Fowler Products Booth C-2420 at Pack Expo 2013 to see some of the company’s most recent machines.

For more than 80 years, Zalkin has led the global bottling and capping industry with innovations, with efficiency, and with greater control over product quality. Zalkin produces custom-made, high-speed capping machines for beverages, foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and beyond. As part of the ProMach Filling & Capping business line, Zalkin helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Zalkin at www.ZalkinCapping.com and more about ProMach at ProMachBuilt.com.

Media Contact:

John Eklund
704-944-5340

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