The new Vortex-xt has been designed to cut recall costs by improving production line efficiency and reducing wastage. It’s a cost-effective solution as it measures release, application and stripping torque on tamper-evident closures.

With its top-load functionality, the Vortex-xt is easily adapted to test child-resistant closures or unusual containers using Mecmesin’s bespoke fittings and moulded mandrels. The machine’s also able to identify bridge breaks and can help to avoid spinners.

It’s so easy to use: one button launches the test and its stand-alone system means that no PC is required, making it ideal for production areas.

Mecmesin is a friendly, family-run British company with more than 30 years experience who can offer on-site installation, training and application support services.

The machine’s simple set-up means manufacturers can test clockwise and counter-clockwise torques of packaging components, such as the application and release torque of screw closures, with merely two clicks of the touch screen interface. Utilising colour-coded results, the large, clear display enables very easy identification of pass/fail sample conformance.

The Vortex-xt makes routine measurement quick, while still providing users with detailed results data, as well as reporting capabilities, if required. Users have the choice of viewing a graphical ‘live’ display of the test for observational purposes, or multiple test results in tabulated form, to begin making comparisons and, subsequently, to evaluate them in more depth with a choice of calculations.

Rated to 10N.m, the Vortex-xt completes Mecmesin’s range of 3 motorised torque testing systems, which includes the basic Vortex-d and the top-of-the-range Vortex-i computer-controlled test system.

The Managing Director of Mecmesin, John Page, says: ‘Our goal is to make routine sample checks as easy as possible. We realise manufacturers want to make instant, time expedient checks on their products before shipment, therefore the Vortex-xt ensures reliable, user-friendly performance for production staff with minimal set-up time and training requirements. Adding versatility, this motorised torque tester can also be programmed, for those occasions where special one-off test routines are needed.’

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