Beatson Clark’s New Machine Caps It All

Beatson Clark can now supply pharmaceutical bottles pre-capped thanks to an £80,000 investment.

A new Groninger six-head capping machine is now in operation at the company’s Rotherham site.

The equipment will allow Beatson Clark to fulfil a contract with a major high street chemist to supply pre-capped alpha sirops, continental winchesters and bespoke round bottles.

The machine applies a 28mm Mediloc cap to glass bottles and can process up to 180 containers per minute.

“Safety is a paramount concern for pharmacists and it’s essential that the correct cap is applied to the bottle,” said Lynn Sidebottom, Marketing Director at Beatson Clark.

“Certain pharmaceutical products need to be child-safe and ensuring the correct cap is used also reduces the risk of contamination during storage.”

Beatson Clark’s new capping machine has an associated UV ink jet coding system which applies a date/time stamp code on both the cap and the container for traceability.

The capping machine is part of Beatson Clark’s recent £12 million investment, which includes a completely new amber furnace to be installed in September 2014, new automatic inspection equipment, a new production machine and an updated computer-aided design (CAD) system.

Beatson Clark was founded as a supplier of glass containers for druggists and chemists in Rotherham in 1751 and is now the UK’s only manufacturer of pharmaceutical glass bottles.

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