Swan - Matic Bottle Capper Clutch Adjustment Video
Make sure your Swan - Matic bottle capper is dialed in for precision capping. Check out our latest video on adjusting the clutch to optimize the performance of your capper.
- Greg Szuba
Anti Tie Down Switch Available for C900 Series
Swan-Matic’s C900 series now can be upgraded with Anti-Tie-Down. The purpose of this safety feature is to ensure that both hands are securely positioned on the machine's controls before the machine can be activated, thus reducing the risk of accidental activation and potential injuries. C990A gives a maintained output signal when both buttons are pressed and held.Anti Tie Down Switch Available for
- Greg Szuba
Clutch Adjustment to Reduce Driver Insert WearOne of the main contributing factors to insert wear is improper clutch adjustment. Each Swan-Matic capper has an adjustable clutch above the driver shell. Proper clutch torque adjustment is essential for an insert’s proper wear time. Another contributing factor that shortens insert life is dirt, oil or any liquids. Wipe out the insert occasionally with isopropyl alcohol and a clean cloth. Many solvents in the products will attack the rubber insert also, causing it to swell and then break off when used for tightening. In some cases, this can be overcome with the use of a metallic serrated driver shell instead of rubber inserts. For a quotation, send 12 sample caps and two bottles to the Swan-Matic Division at our Fairview address.
TO ADJUST THE CLUTCH:
- Loosen the clutch lock nut (C032) two turns.
- Standing in front of the machine with a wrench in each hand. Place your right hand wrench on the wrench flat at the top of C019 and left right hand wrench on the wrench flats at the bottom on of C041. Bring the two wrenches together to decrease torque and push them apart to increase torque on your cap. (See fig. 3.2)
- To increase the applied torque, tighten either wrench. To decrease the torque, loosen each wrench. (Clutch cap, body and lock nut have right-hand threads.)
- After each adjustment, hand tighten the clutch lock nut.
- To adjust the height of the capping head to allow for different sized containers, stop the spindle at its lowest point and lower the machine head until the insert touches a hand-tightened cap.
- Tighten the column clamp (Page 1 Fig. 1.3) to hold the head in position.
- Raise the spindle (C021) and the insert by turning on the machine, and then remove the container and cap.
- Lower the machine head about 1/8 inch and retighten it.
- Cycle the capper to tighten a cap onto a container. The shell and insert will stop rotating when the cap is tight.
- If the clutch does not stop rotating at the bottom of the stroke and the cap is tight, the insert will wear rapidly. If this happens, loosen the clutch slightly. If you cannot see the shell stop, draw vertical lines on it with a marker to help you see when the shell stops turning.
- Greg Szuba
Troubleshooting - Caps aren't fully tightening
A broken main spring (C011) in the capper head.
This spring breaks when the capper head is set to low. That can be tested without taking the machine apart. Set the spindle shaft in the lowest position. Place your hands under the clutch housing and lift up. If it moves up and down easily (about 1 inch), then the C011 spring is most likely broken. Other broken components in the head assembly can give the same test results.
The clutch cone itself has gotten too much oil or grease on it. Wipe off the clutch cone (C016) and the interior of the clutch cup (C017) and reassemble. There should be grease on the Spring (C018), the pins (C082) and the bearing (C065).
The insert material is not matched to the cap.
Swan-Matic offers 5 different types of material that inserts are made from. Refer to the Inserts and Driver Shells page for an explanation of each type if insert. To get the best match, send in 12 caps, 2 containers and your contact information to:
Swan-Matic Test Lab
7050 West Ridge Rd. Fairview, PA 16415
The insert has worn down.
As the insert wears, the pressure on the cap is reduced because the distance from the insert to the cap increases. To correct it, just move the head of the capper down slightly or install a new insert.
Capper head is set to low.
If the capper is pressing too hard on the container being capped, it can cause the threads of the container to bind with the cap threads.
The insert is slipping inside the driver shell.
Clean the driver shell out and replace the insert.
- Greg Szuba