Mecmesin's Plastic Phial Cap Removal Test

Specification

Point Plastics approached Mecmesin with a specification to pull-off the cap of a pharmaceutical phial. The test equipment needed to be simple to use and able to perform repeatable tests.

Solution

For ease of fixturing and low cost, Mecmesin suggested to the customer to turn his sample upside-down and push-off the cap. In this case, the force to push was the same as the force to pull. The customer agreed and a simple holding fixture was designed.

The plastic phial was inserted from below the fixture until it's full depth and secured by a locking screw. The long extension rod of the AFG passed through a clearance hole until it reached the cap and pushed it off.

The maximum compression force was displayed on the AFG display and noted by the operator. The alarm band of the AFG was set to warn the operator if the push-off force was inside/outside the tolerance limits.

System

  • 1000 N Motorised Test Stand
  • Advanced Force Gauge 50N
  • Plastic Phial Holding Fixture

See also

Cosmetic packaging pull-off test

Cosmetic packaging pull-off test

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Ice cream container lid closing effort

Ice cream container lid closing effort

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Mecmesin develops Combi Cork-i Extraction Tester for leading Scottish whisky

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Greek beauty product manufacturer guarantees production quality by updating to Mecmesins digital torque testers

Greek beauty product manufacturer guarantees production quality by updating to Mecmesin's digital torque testers

A manufacturer of a wide range of skin, hair-care, make-up and sun-care products based in Greece needed to replace their outdated torque testers with up-to-date digital torque testers to guarantee production quality and to ensure their products remained sealed. Mecmesin supplied the company with two Tornado 10N.m digital torque testers, which have the ability to test tamper-evident closures, an intrinsic part of their specification.

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  • Created 14 Aug 2018
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