Many wineries have been looking for new technologies to assure top-quality wines minus the usage of cork closures. Cork closures were the traditional means of closing off oxygen from the produced wine. There are not enough cork trees in the world to be used in the consumption of wine bottles around the globe. Cork trees can only be used every ten years, and with the increasing wine consumption around the world, there needs to be a different material.
This brings us to screw caps. They are and will continue to be created with tin or aluminum which are both recyclable. Wineries started this back in 2000 in New Zealand. New Zealand now uses 90% screw caps vs. cork closures. So why use the screw cap? Screw caps increase the age potential for wines as they are able to prevent oxygen from infiltrating (commonly referred to as ‘cork taint’) and prematurely aging the wine. Also, having a screw cap eliminates the necessity of an opener thus increasing the convenience for the end user.
So how do they test the torque on a cap screw which was not necessary with cork closures? Mesa Labs manufactures a machine which is made just for this type of product called Torqo. The Torqo is a durable and reliable computerized cap torque analyzer, which is setting a new standard for torque measurement throughout the packaging industry. The Torqo has been used by companies from Pepsi to Procter & Gamble.
I am sure you are asking yourself why not use a hand held torque tester.The Torqo has an on-board microprocessor which makes it extremely accurate. It also produces repeatable results, reduces product and packaging waste, and can be calibrated in the field. This machine offers a variable speed motor which increases functionality. It also provides the added advantage of eliminating the possibility of repetitive hand injuries, which can improve workers safety and morale.
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