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Mecmesin lifts lid on wine closures

21 April 2010

Mecmesin, a force and torque test equipment manufacturer, has entered the winery industry, enabling producers to test components, from wine closures to packaging materials, in order to minimise the risk of tainted wines and leakage, while guaranteeing easy opening by the consumer.

Mecmesin, a force and torque test equipment manufacturer, has entered the winery industry, enabling producers to test components, from wine closures to packaging materials, in order to minimise the risk of tainted wines and leakage, whilst guaranteeing easy opening by the consumer.

Closure manufacturers, such as Oeneo Bouchage and CSA Australia, and wine producers, such as Orlando Wyndham Group, are using Mecmesin testers to fully assess their production methods and materials to determine their efficiency, quality and, ultimately, produce a better and more consistent standard of product to meet in-house and customer expectations.

In respect of wine closures, Mecmesin’s test equipment can help answer questions, such as;

• Are cork extraction forces consistent, ensuring a standardised quality of product?
• Is the correct amount of torque applied by capping heads to maintain an adequate seal without damaging screw cap closures?
• Are wines easily accessible by consumers?

Mecmesin test solutions for wine closures include;

• Combi-Cork Extraction Tester
The Combi-Cork Extraction Tester is an innovative system capable of testing the release torque of Champagne, Sparkling wine and Spirit cork closures, as well as the extraction force of still wine corks.

The system is incredibly versatile, testing natural, synthetic and capsulated cork closures on a variety of different bottle heights to ensure cork seal integrity and accessibility.

Endorsed by Oeneo Bouchage, one of the worlds leading cork manufacturers, the system enables rapid, efficient testing and is easily adapted to test the extraction force of still wine corks to meet ISO 9727 standards.

• Motorised Cork Extraction Tester
Used to test extraction force of still wine corks, this dedicated tester is ideal for producers looking for a simple-to-use, highly accurate, yet affordable quality control system to evaluate their bottling operation.

• Screw Cap Torque testers
The Orbis manual closure torque tester and Vortex-d motorised torque test system make light work in assessing the consistent application of capping torque on the production line.
Torque measurement on metal screw caps, such as the Stelvin, can provide indications of inaccurate capping methods, and help determine subsequent revisions to the capping procedure by enabling operators to identify damaged closures or improperly sealed containers.

For more information on these or the other test solutions Mecmesin can provide the wine industry please visit Mecmesin’s website www.mecmesin.com


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