DEVELOPMENT WITH A DIFFERENCE
The UNITED CAPS Group is a leader and respected reference in the European plastic caps and closures market. We proactively strive to meet customer needs for existing and emerging applications. Our innovative designs are devised and developed for use on packages that conform to market norms. We also create bespoke solutions based on individual application requirements.
UNITED CAPS has devised a dedicated development process that allows us to conceive, test and manufacture new concepts in the best way possible.
OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE DESIGN PROCESS
STEP 1: CUSTOMER BRIEF / UNMET MARKET NEED
We hold a face-to-face meeting with you to understand the application for which you require a solution and your precise needs. A report of the discussion, detailing essential specifications is sent for your approval. Once agreed, our expert project managers begin conceiving a design. Specialists from across the UNITED CAPS Group work together to devise the optimal structure and identify the most ideal resin for the cap or closure you require.
STEP 2: PRESENTATION
Based on a rough sketch, the product is brought to life via a digital 3D model, which is then shared and discussed with you in a further meeting. Able to exchange ideas and make alterations inreal time and directly on screen using our unique software makes the process highly efficient. It also offers a substantial degree of flexibility.
STEP 3: PILOT PHASE
UNITED CAPS is adept at producing prototypes quickly using state-of-the-art machinery in a secure setting, guaranteeing confidentiality. Now tangible, the closure is subject to a large number of tests. Mould performance is also assessed and injection techniques analysed in our dedicated DevCenter. UNITED CAPS has developed a range of customized testing equipment to ensure analysis is thorough. If necessary, modifications are made to the pilot mould.
STEP 4: INDUSTRIALIZATION
By this stage, the pilot mould has enabled the definition of all settings required for production in industrial conditions.
Once the industrial mould has been finalised, a large number of closures are manufactured and tested within your facilities. This usually involves gradually increasing the quantity of samples to be qualified on the line, from a few boxes to several pallets.
STEP 5: LINE TRIALS AND MANUFACTURING
The new closure is introduced to your operations and its performance evaluated. Our skilled Development Technical Assistance specialists are constantly on hand to ensure optimal results.
At every step of the process and throughout your partnership with UNITED CAPS, you will benefit from technical support tailored to meet your individual needs and ensure the solution exceeds your expectations.
DevCenter: Our R&D department has its own ‘mini-factory’ comprising two electrical injection machines. Here, the injection parameters of closures still in development are fine tuned. Your capping and screwing line constraints can also be simulated using our exclusive LabCapper machine.
UNITED CAPS’s Technical Assistance for Development is tasked with ensuring that the design and functionality of the closure at the pilot stage fits perfectly with your line. All trials are carried out at ourfacilities, so there is no disruption to your operations until the solution ready.
The Customer Technical Assistance department leads line trials and offers its immense expertise with regards to screwing and capping machines, distributors, line settings and more.
Our Laboratory is fully equipped with advanced apparatus; solutions are thoroughly tested under a range of conditions. Analysis concerns consumer comfort and usage, as well as tests regardingtransportation and storage.
Project draft designer: UNITED CAPS can provide images and videos to support customers’ internal and external marketing activities for new or re-launched products.